"It’s a stark reminder that, instead of seeking enemies at its international airports, America should open its eyes and look within if it’s really serious about keeping all its citizens safe." This review is summary-heavy, but the last paragraph speaks to the problem with American right now...one of the many problems with American right now. The author claims The Hate U Give "says more about the contemporary black experience in America than any book [he has] read for years, whether fiction or non-fiction." I have to completely agree.
"This is a story all about how..." Go ahead--you know you want to finish it! Starr's favorite show is The Fresh Prince, and the more you know about it, the more connections can be made between Will's life and the characters in The Hate U Give, especially Khalil. But, it's Starr's relationship with her _white_ boyfriend Chris that connects to the Fresh Prince mose directly. They have a fight at prom, and his apology to her is to take the mic and rap this song.
Injustice, questioning, coming of age--it's not only packaged in The Hate U Give. Many years ago, Harper Lee was writing about the same thing. To Kill a Mockingbird has many similarities to The Hate u Give including the death of an innocent black man. To me, it's an obvious "what to read next" choice.
Unfortunately, The Hate U Give is a very nonfictional fictional novel. Jordan Edwards was shot by the police after leaving a party on April 29, 2017 for NO REASON. The connections between his murder and Khalil's are incredibly similar: leaving a party, no drinking or weapons, and one of Edwards' friends even told the authorities he was "'not a thug.'" The weirdest part--I haven't seen this even once in the news.