The cover of Angie Thomas' debut novel, The Hate U Give, captured my peripheral vision in a bookstore. I bought it and immediately became engrossed on my train ride home.
From the very first line, "I shouldn't have come to this party," until the very last, "I'll never give up. I'll never be quiet. I promise," you are transported into the anguishing journey of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the fatal police shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil.
When his death becomes a national headline and a community protest ensues, Starr becomes torn between multiple worlds. I loved this book for how it deals with classism, racism, and violence with unwavering honesty—as only teenagers do. I didn't realize that it was a Young Adult novel until I turned the last page, breathless and then read the incredible reviews. There's a reason why The Hate U Give was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. And yes, it's being made into a movie that I can't wait to see.