“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. It is hosted at Breaking the Spine.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My first WOW post is, fittingly enough I think, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. Beyond the premise sounding incredible, I read the first three chapters on Epic Reads and was blown away. I cannot, will not, miss this one! I have apparently, in fact, talked about this book so much that my partner has preordered it for me as a Valentine’s Day gift.
Pub date: February 28 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
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.
What are you waiting on this week?