The Hate U Give is a powerful story told from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old African-American girl who witnesses the shooting death of her childhoodfriend by a police officer. Starr’s world changes dramatically and the reader becomes deeply involved and invested in her daily struggle to live her life after the shooting, which includes her school, family life, friendships, and boyfriend. The story touches upon and smartly incorporates many themes from identity to race, socioeconomic circumstances, loyalty, and family. It’s a beautiful, poignant debut story from author Angie Thomas that transcends its young adult genre. The title and novel was inspired by a quote from the late rap artist, Tupac, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.