I read this book by Angie Thomas almost as soon as it came out. At one point my mom asked how I had heard about it and I couldn’t remember. I think Goodreads. I seem to remember it was getting some buzz there shortly before it was released, some of my friends had already added it to their “to-read” shelves, and I thought the concept was interesting.
FYI: the title is taken from Tupac, who said “Thug Life” stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.”
The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s about a 16-year-old black girl, Starr Carter, who lives in a poor, inner city neighborhood, but attends a white prep school in the suburbs, roughly a 45-minute drive away. It’s hard enough to balance her two lives (at home she’s not “black” enough and at school she’s not “white” enough), but it gets even harder when she witnesses her best friend, Khalil, get shot to death by a cop. Khalil and Starr were both unarmed, but the cop (she refers to him as One-Fifteen because that was his badge number) still holds his gun on Starr between killing her friend and the arrival of the ambulance.