We're thrilled to be partnering with We the People for an event with critically acclaimed, mega-bestselling YA author Angie Thomas!
This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. It will take place on the Phillips Exeter Academy campus in their Assembly Hall (main academic building across the street from the library).
A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!
"Absolutely riveting!" --Jason Reynolds
"Stunning." --John Green
"This story is necessary. This story is important." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Heartbreakingly topical." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A marvel of verisimilitude." --Booklist (starred review)
"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --The Horn Book (starred review)
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.
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing. The Hate U Give is her first novel. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.
We the People is a lecture/film series put on by three local progressive churches (Congregational Church in Exeter, Christ Church, and First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter), Phillips Exeter Academy, and Water Street Bookstore that hosts events looking at issues at the intersection of faith and current events.