I read one measly book in October. I opted to prioritize my time and while reading was on the list, it didn’t make it to the top. When fall comes around, I tend to go into crafting mode. I get my knitting out and my crochet hook and my paper goods. Then there also was the end of baseball season.
The book that I did read though, was a good one. It came highly recommended by several people and I am glad I finally got the chance to read it. I have been on the waiting list for this book at the library for what feels like forever, and I would still be waiting for it if Kristen hadn’t sent the physical book to me. She has gotten it from someone else and I vowed to send it on to yet another person who hasn’t read it yet because it’s an important book to read. Whoever comments first, will get it, but you have to promise that you’ll send it on, too when you finish it.
This was the first physical book that I read in a while (and it might have hindered faster progress because I didn’t lug it around in my purse during the day and therefore didn’t have access the same way that I have to the books that I read via the digital library).
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (★★★★★)
You need to read this book. The story touches on the very current topic of police violence against people of color and is told from the perspective of 16-year old Starr Carter, who was in the car with her childhood friend Khalil, when they got pulled over by police and Khalil got fatally shot. Starr, who lives in a black neighboorhood ruled by gangs but goes to an almost-all-white school, struggles with coming to terms with her friend’s death and also telling the truth about what happened, not just to the police, but also to her own community. She experiences first hand the divide between black and white culture and the assumptions that are made and perpetuated about each other. Thomas’ writing is vivid and descriptive and very much underlines the fact that this is not a black-and-white issue (pun intended!), but a very complex problem that can only be solved by the willingness to listen to and really hear each other.
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