The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is THE YA title of 2017.
If you read one YA in 2017, this should be it.
THUG is the story of 16yo Starr Carter who 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. (taken from Goodreads)
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, and adapted in to graphic novel by Damian Duffy
Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format.
More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The Intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.
Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers. (Taken from Goodreads)
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Viv is fed up with the sexual misconduct and harassment at her high school in Texas. Inspired by her mom’s Riot Grrrrl days, she starts an anonymous zine to combat the injustices being experienced, which in turn starts a Feminist movement at the school bringing those fed up with the patriarchy together!
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
American Street is about immigration and culture, family and loyalty, community and relationships. Fabiola is a Haitian Immigrant moving to Detroit to join her aunt and cousins when her mother is detained at customs. Suddenly, Fabiola is in a completely new ecosystem and must somehow get her mother to Detroit like originally planned, as well as navigate and adjust to her new urban environment. There was so much going on in this book, but it all flowed together into Fabiola’s story perfectly.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Meet Natasha, a high school senior that loves science, facts, and grunge music. She is also an illegal immigrant scheduled to be deported that night…. Now meet Daniel, a Korean American boy on his way to an interview to get in to Yale. Their paths collide, changing everything forever.
This book has everything I like, and some things I dislike. However, Nicola Yoon does so in such a relatable and enjoyable way that I fell hard for this book. Though I, too experienced insta-love for Natasha and Daniel, and believe in love and it’s unpredictable yet intentional way of propelling things through the universe…. Or multiverse. Read this book!