A must-read in 2018! The title of this YA book is taken from 2Pac's definition of Thug Life--"The Hate u Give Little Infants F---s Everyone." The story follows 16-year-old Starr Carter from the streets of her poverty-stricken neighborhood to the halls of her almost entirely white private school. In between, she witnesses the murder of a childhood friend at the hands of a local police officer. Initially, Starr hides the fact that she even knows Kahlil. Eventually, she discovers her voice and the choice that she can either be a bystander or an activist. The book tackles gang warfare, protesting vs. looting and rioting, racism, domestic violence--the list goes on, but in a way that is accessible and realistic. Yes, the topics covered are difficult; yes, the language can be gritty. But more than ever, these are topics we need to be discussing in America in 2018, and students should be reading The Hate U Give to jump-start the conversation.