The first time I heard about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was this past spring when I was researching censorship and banned books. It felt timely and poignant, so I made it one of my vacation reads this summer. It was heavy, thought provoking, and made me cry multiple times. It was also one of the best realistic YA fiction books I’ve ever read. Angie Thomas gives voice to a problem in our nation, and through Starr the book allows readers to better understand what happens inside communities that experience violence from law enforcement. The film adaptation by the same title came out recently and I knew I had to see it. I was not disappointed in the adaptation. While there were a lot of changes made from the book to the film, the heart of the story remains the same. Both are worth your time.

**potential spoilers ahead**