What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Hate U Give is based on Angie Thomas' same-named award-winning young adult novel. It tells the story of a young African American high schooler named Starr (Amandla Stenberg) who's stuck between two worlds: her primarily black, low-income neighborhood and her primarily white, wealthy prep school peers. EWverything changes after Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil (Algee Smith), an unarmed black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer. After Khalil's death sends her community into chaos, Starr finds herself caught in the middle, struggling to stand up for her beliefs. The book had plenty of heavy, timely themes, including police brutality, racism, gun violence, grief, trauma, and political activism, and so expect those here, too. You can also likely expect strong language, sexual situations, and violence. For teens, it could be a great starting point for discussions about race in America and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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