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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,950 ratings  ·  603 reviews
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New r
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Hardcover, 463 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Tor Teen
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Emma Giordano
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! I really really loved this book. An absolute must read for fans of stories of teen activists.

CW: racism, assault, violence, police brutality, murder/death

Anger Is A Gift features such a diverse cast of characters to the point where I don't believe I can list them all and I am so down for more books with this trait. There are gay characters (own voices!), trans characters, non-binary characters, bisexual/biromantic characters, asexual characters, black characters, Latinx characters (ow
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C.G. Drews
Oh wow this is an incredibly powerful book...just wow. Definitely do. not. miss this one when it's out in May, ok, peoples?!? It's so well written with amazing characters and it just sucks you write in so you're there, experiencing this horribly unfair and frightening world of police brutality and racism...and also strong friendships and love. Moss was amazing and so so relatable.

LOOK EVERYONE WAS ANXIOUS AND GAY AND JUST DOING THEIR BEST.

And honestly, as a white/Australian, this almost felt dys
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Adam Silvera
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Official blurb: "ANGER IS A GIFT is an explosion of fury and revolution. Mark Oshiro's beautiful and brutal debut proves that not only can anyone be a hero, but great change comes when the heroes work together."
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. Wow.

Update 7/9/18:

I will probably not be able to put words into any kind of order that does the emotional aspect of this book justice. But I'm going to try. Just know that whatever I say pales in comparison to the masterful story that Mark Oshiro has given us with his debut novel.

Anger is a Gift is an incredibly difficult book to get through for numerous reasons. Please be aware going in that it features intense and frequent scenes of poli
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
What an impactful and important book. This was so hard to read.
may ➹
me before reading this book: how brutal can this book be I’ll be fine it can’t be that bad

me, waking up this morning after finishing: sooooo it looks like my eyes are swollen from CRYING SO MUCH
Acqua
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ya, contemporary, aoc, db, q, qm, qn, boring
2.5 stars.

I didn't love this. I wanted to, I kind of expected to, but I didn't - for more than one reason, but they all come back to the writing, which didn't work for me.

Anger Is a Gift is a story about police violence and racism from a point of view I hadn't seen yet: a gay black boy with anxiety whose school is every day more similar to a prison, with cops and metal detectors but no money for books.
This is a contemporary darker than many YA dystopians, except it's real. I mean, the police kil
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Dahlia
The best way I can describe this book is "Imagine THUG and DEAR MARTIN had a gay baby." (ETA: Actually, I'm going with "Imagine THUG and DEAR MARTIN had a gay baby that was then single-mothered by JULIET TAKES A BREATH.") I think there are more Q/TPoC in this book alone than in all of YA combined (well, excepting CB Lee's awesome SIDEKICK series, maybe), and the fact that that's in a social justice book about police brutality...it's a really nice thing to imagine how many people are going to fee ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book actually made me angry - I was hoping for a thoughtful book about racism and police brutality that treated its diverse cast well. Pity then that it's poorly written, deeply misogynistic, ableist, and has an unpleasant "bury your gays" plot - and yet it wins praise for being woke. It's also a book that very much falls into the "the main character is perfect, all praise him" category, which, granted, is common in YA and may or may not be a problem for the individual reader. Oh, and there ...more
Cynthia
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Anger Is A Gift tries to hold a mirror up the world to show you its ugliness. Racism, classism, hatefulness and good intentions gone awry are the cornerstones supporting the message that police brutality is real and awful. But the mirror is distorted and the message diluted in frequently sloppy writing, an unlikeable protagonist and the characters who exist solely to prop him up or draw his fire. The diversity of its cast is squandered, and while it might try to make you angry at an unjust world ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Incredible! Best book I've read this year so far!

The main character is black, gay, fat, and neurodiverse. Side characters are diverse and intersectional in race, sexuality, gender identity, disability, mental illness, and religion.

Amaaaaaazing teacher and parental involvement.

Potential triggers: Systematic police brutality and murder. Death of loved ones.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Nov 25, 2017 marked it as on-my-shelf
Shelves: released-2018
remember when I obsessively read that Mark Reads Twilight column? yeah, well, he wrote a book about systematic oppression and it's going to fucking rock.
F
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fucking magnets, how do they work?
sardit
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us, race, lgbt, young-adult
For a book trying so very, very hard to be an inspirational tale of a gay black man and his assortedly diverse friends fighting against oppression, it is kind of amazing how racist, sexist, and ableist it turned out to be. (view spoiler) ...more
Eloise
4.5 ~ This book made me cry on public transportation.
I didn't expect it to be this difficult to read but I'm glad it was.

What's this book about?:
When the "security control" in Moss' school gets out of hand and violence follows, he, with the help of his friends, his ma and his comunity, get together to start protesting.

And damn did it punch me in the gut...
Not only was it greatly important to find a book focused on the expression of police brutality on a horrific level, we also got some brillian
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Devon
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wish I liked this book more. Students organizing against the school-to-prison pipeline? An unblinking indictment against police violence? Tons of queer and POC characters? Near-crippling social anxiety? And it's written by Mark Oshiro, the guy who writes about books and TV with passionate love and withering scorn? I thought I'd love this.

But I really couldn't get past the characters. In a book with so many characters, there is ONE character with both strengths and flaws -- that's Esperanza. (I
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was brilliant. And gutting. I wouldn't expect any less from Mark--I've been a big fan since he was writing about Harry Potter--but it still blew me away. It was a fresh breath of air to read about a cast of mostly people of color, most of whom are queer (including trans, nonbinary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and asexual characters).

This is the diverse, gay dystopian story we always wanted--except the dystopia is present day and already happening.

I also appreciated that Anger Is a Gift deals w
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Vitor Martins
Esse livro é forte de um jeito que eu não imaginava que seria. É um livro sobre a violência policial nos Estados Unidos, sobre ser negro e gay em uma comunidade acolhedora mas controlada pelo Homem Branco e sobre lutar até o último segundo para proteger seus ideais, sua família e seus amigos.

O Moss é um protagonista que, desde o primeiro capítulo, já chega com uma bagagem grande de traumas e medos. Seu pai foi assassinado por um policial branco quando ele tinha 10 anos e hoje, aos 16, ele ainda
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Kelly
This book about systematic oppression and police brutality is hard as hell to read. There is no flinching at violence in this one, and in addition to exploring race, this book explores gender identity and sexuality in myriad ways (including a gay main character, Moss, queer parents of one of his best friends, and a gender nonconforming best friend). Set in Oakland, Oshiro's book shines when it comes not just to highlighting oppression, but also in highlighting the liberal white world that can so ...more
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Galley provided by publisher

Rep: gay black mc, gay Latino li, physically disabled side character, wlw side characters

I really need to start a shelf which sorts books into the category of "it's not you, it's me" because this is one of those ones. I figure the best way to get through this review is by listing the good and bad things so, here we go.

THE GOOD

- The diversity! The cast of characters in this book was fairly diverse, especially in terms of the LGBT community being represented, which was
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K
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could take Mark Oshiro's writing style and add it over top of the story in The Hate U Give I think it would make for the best YA story about USA police racism and prejudice against minorities. Oshiro's style is far more compelling and emotional than that of Angie Thomas. Additionally there are elements of each story that are done just a little bit better.

Comparison to The Hate U Give
I can't help but compare these two stories. Unfortunately the Anger is a Gift I read The Hate U Give first an
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Books on Stereo
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give.
chloe ꒰♡ˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈꒱.⑅*♡
OH MY GOSH this book completely and utterly ruined me. i have never felt so many emotions at once.
review coming soon.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Phew. This book. THIS BOOK.
It tore my heart apart into pieces and then BLOWTORCHED THE REMAINS.

- Follows Moss, a Black Latinx teen who becomes a teen activist, who fights against the oppressive practices enforced by the police at his school.
- I adored all of Moss's friends. They added unique voices of their own to Moss's narrative, had so mucha agency, and were so refreshing to red about.
- An amazing and nuanced examination of activism, police brutality, racism, and how oppression is systemic
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Marissa
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well I guess it's time for me to go against the popular opinion again.
This book was hard to finish. I mean it was a serious struggle. The writing was bad - clunky, a lot of telling instead of showing, etc. Moss was an unbearable MC - the whole chapter after the police riot at his school, when everyone was at the church and Moss had at least 5 tantrums - I had to put the book down several times at that point, and force myself to pick it back up again and continue on. It didn't get any better. Als
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Charlie Anders
I've been a fan of Mark Oshiro for years, but this book still amazed me and startled me with its intense emotional story of a queer kid dealing with intense trauma from his father's murder at the hands of the police. What's great about this book is that the protagonist never "gets over" his mental health problems, but he's still able to rise up and fight against the police brutality that invades his school, even in the face of horrendous loss. There is so much tenderness and sweetness in this bo ...more
Faith Simon
I'm gonna be real honest here, if I weren't reading this via audiobook, I wouldn't have been able to finish. It was way easier to listen to it while I was doing other activities than it would have been if I'd had to actively hunker down to read this for hours on end. Throughout most of this book I was just really bored. And I know that this is a really important book with important themes, as it has extremely high reviews from pretty much anybody I'm friends with, though I know this, it was stil ...more
Amanda
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really thought I was going to love this book, but I couldn't even finish it. Ok, the characters are black and gay and intersectional and plot is raw and politically relevant... these are all the things I was looking forward to. The thing is, I can't think of a single one of my students for whom this book would be the perfect read - and I teach diverse students of all sorts. The praise, I've noticed, mostly comes from adults and I wonder what will happen as more teens read and review this novel ...more
Lily ☁️
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lily ☁️ by: Malanie
2 1/2 stars

Tears will be cried (hopefully).

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MARK OSHIRO is the queer Latinx, Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015, and is the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors. When not writing/recording reviews or editing, Oshiro engages in s ...more
“Anger is a gift. Remember that." She stood. "You gotta grasp onto it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.” 10 likes
“It's an insidious thing," Wanda said. "It never happens overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community a long time ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. Peoples inability to see life through someone else's eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger, until we got to a point where some people don't even question why a cop should be allowed to shoot first and ask questions later.” 4 likes
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