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A young adult book dealing with the Black Lives Matter movement led the New York Times bestseller list Friday.
The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas, led the bestsellers list for young adult hardcover books, reports the International Business Times.
The book features 16-year-old Starr Carter who sees a police officer shoot down her friend Khalil. Khalil’s death gets national attention and various people begin to degrade his character, calling him a thug and a drug-dealer.
The author celebrated her book’s top spot on the list in a flurry of rave reviews.
“This story is necessary. This story is important,” Kirkus Review said of the novel, while Publishers Weekly called it “heartbreakingly topical.”
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The book is already being considered for a film. Fox 2000 recently gained the rights to the book and reached out to Amandla Stenberg to play the lead role.
The Black Lives Matter movement came about after the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman. Started by three black women, the movement purports to fight for “freedom and justice for all black lives.”
The movement often calls for diversity, globalism and the affirming of transgender, gay and black female lives.
“We are committed to building a black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny and male centeredness,” the movement claims.
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