The highly anticipated movie adaptation of Angie Thomas’s 2017 YA bestseller, The Hate U Give, arrived in theaters nationwide on Oct. 19, and it’s not one to miss. The film features a star-studded cast — including Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, and Russell Hornsby — and a powerful story that tackles race, police brutality, and black identity. The novel, which has actually been banned in several school districts, centers on the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter as she deals with the aftermath of witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of the police.

The Hate U Give began as a short story in response to the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant. “Every day, I would make a 10-minute drive to school from where I lived, and I would hear two different conversations about Oscar,” Thomas revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “In my neighborhood, Oscar was ‘one of us,’ but in my school, he ‘shouldn’t have done this or that,’ or ‘he got what he deserved.'”

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