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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a must-read. Starr Carter is caught living between poverty and wealth. Her conflicting existence becomes fragile after the death of her best friend. Now Starr must decide which world she wants to live in, and how far she’s willing to go for her best friend to receive justice. The Hate U Give book is a fantastic read for both teens and adults. It touches on the topics of classism, police brutality, and systemic racism. Alongside picking up the book, I would also recommend watching the movie.
Inspired by Angie Thomas’ book, I have gathered 8 novels that have similar story’s. These books challenge readers to delve deep into somewhat controversial subjects. This book list covers topics of race, poverty, and the justice system.
8 Novels Like The Hate U Give Book
Will’s brother is dead, now stuck on an elevator Will struggles to piece his brother’s death together before he makes a life-changing decision.
Monday and Claudia are best friends, so when Monday disappears from the community Claudia becomes determined to find her.
Shortly after arriving in America, Fabiola is separated from her mother and must decide how far she’s willing to go to survive living in The United States.
While on trial for murder, 16-year-old Steve writes a script detailing his crimes and the lengthy trial he’s having to endure.
Xiomara has learned how to navigate growing up in Harlem and expresses her experiences at her school’s slam poetry club.
Quinn Collins must choose between his father or classmate after his father commits an act of brutality.
Justyce McAllister becomes the target of a heinous crime and struggles to recover after he receives the blame.
Julia’s sister Olga dies suddenly, and as her family is shattering, Julia discovers Olga wasn’t what she seemed.