Four Books You Need to Read after Seeing The Hate U Give Movie

The movie adaptation of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is finally here and everyone needs to see it.

The Hate U Give is not just a book and movie for teens, but an important, powerful story for people of all ages that boldly tackles issues of racism, community, and the challenge of finding your voice in the fight for justice.

If you were inspired by this incredible story, whether you read the book or saw the movie, here are four more books to keep you talking, thinking, and taking action!

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone

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“A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! 

Every moment in Natasha and Daniel's lives has brought them to this single moment. A million futures lie before them. Which one will come true? Told from multiple perspectives and taking place in a single day across New York City, this romantic story will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

By Erika L. Sánchez

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Instant New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible wayJulia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

Mexican WhiteBoy

Mexican WhiteBoy

By Matt de la Peña

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From Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña.

Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny is brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. But to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see—the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Which book will you read first? Tell us in the comments below! 

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