I am also a fan of how our choosing of book club picks have evolved. The picking process has been so collaborative but super random at the same time. Heather and I are constantly discussing what we are reading, what we just finished reading, what we are planning on reading next and what the world seems to be reading. I mentioned wanting to start The Hate U Give after finishing up a book when Heather told me she already bought it and we should read it for our April pick. Awesome and done. I love that we weren't even discussing April's book club pick and it just randomly manifested. The picking process has been so easy and light this year.
Anyway, I think we are both interested in this book because police brutality is a serious issue in our country and we are also big supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. I don't think this specific topic has been approached in the YA world yet and we both are very interested to see how it plays out. If nothing else, we would love to gain a little more perspective on these sort of situations.
The Deets:Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
We are both super pumped to start this book club pick in particular. Regardless of where you stand politically, I think everyone has something to gain by reading about this issue and becoming more educated about the plights of people of different races and situations. Please, read with us!