Recently, I joined a book club run by one of my best friends which focuses on promoting critical thinking, especially in terms of the political and social issues of today. The book club is called Books for the Resistance.
Our book for August/September was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The novel follows Starr, a girl from a poor neighborhood who attends a private school, after she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of a cop. Starr finds herself not only mourning her friend, but navigating her role as the sole witness. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. Protesters and rioters take to the streets of her neighborhood.
This book pulls no punches, nor does it over-simplify the issues it deals with. Every character feels real, and the situations they’re in feel real. As Starr and her family deal with the issues of racism, police brutality, the rule of drug lords, abuse, and more, they also exhibit a persistence and strength of character that gives the book sense of hope.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story as complex as these issues.