During what should have been a routine traffic stop, 16-year-old Starr Carter's best friend is shot and killed by a police officer. Starr was the only witness. The Hate U Give is the story of Starr's struggles with the grief, trauma, and decisions she is forced to make in the aftermath of the event. Angie Thomas' writing is so genuine that the book is impossible to read without becoming emotional. The characters are so realistic that at times it felt like I was reading about the family of a close friend rather than about fictional characters. It's amazing what Thomas was able to accomplish in her very first novel and I'm going to continue recommending it at every opportunity.
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.