What to read after... Dread Wood 28/02/24
The Hate U Give
One night, Starr and her childhood friend Khalil get pulled over by police. They end up shooting and killing Khalil after apparently mistaking the boy's hairbrush for a gun. Starr is the only witness and has to decide whether to use her voice to try and fight for justice. What follows is a brilliant and fantastically told exploration of race in America - and of growing up, too.
The Hate U Give is rightly named by many critics as one of the most important books of 2017. It's a profound, deeply compelling modern-day classic that won't be forgotten.
Be aware that there is strong language, though it is completely within context and appropriate for the nature of the book.
There are also relatively mild scenes of a sexual nature and (not gratuitous) violence, so this book is best suited to a mature teenage reader.
Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018, the CILIP Carnegie Amnesty Honour and joint winner of the Children’s category of the British Book Awards.