Our Favorite Books of 2017
What astonishes us about this year's best books is their audacity, their inventiveness, and their ability to delight and devastate in equal measure. In a field rich with powerful voices, these spoke to us most urgently.
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The Hate U Give
464 pages; Balzer + Bray
Available at:Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound
"What society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out," says Khalil to his friend Starr, the protagonist, just before the cops pull them over and Khalil is shot dead. This is among the indelible scenes in Thomas's National Book Award–nominated, rap-infused anthem, a wholly original novel that channels the outrage of all who experience racial injustice and police brutality, and that will stand as a modern young adult classic.