The Hate U Give: Why you should read the book before heading to the cinema
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With the much anticipated release of the movie adaptation of another YA bestseller this week, many people will be flocking to the cinema to spend two hours immersed in a different world and snacking on popcorn. But, for some people, this experience does not bring a new story for them. They have already spent several hours curled up under their duvet, on the couch, in a coffee shop or on a busy train, reading the book version first. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, first released in February 2017, was a number one New York Times bestseller, as well as being nominated for several awards and included on many shortlists. Heavily influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement and the shooting of Oscar Grant III in 2009, the popular novel is the coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Starr Carter who lives in a poor, mostly black community, whilst attending a posh private school in a rich white neighbourhood nearby. Everything changes when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her – black, unarmed – best friend at the hands of a white policeman. Described as a “powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century”, The Hate U Give is certainly very relevant in today’s society where stories like Starr’s friend Khalil’s seem to crop up Stateside on a regular basis.
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