Many popular recent novels and movies tend to be set in the past or the future. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is nothing like that. The tale she tells is of today’s US, in 2017. It’s built around the killing of a young African-American man, Khalil, as he walks home from a party with his best friend, 16-year-old Starr Carter. Khalil is shot to death by a police officer.