Anger Is a Gift

Anger Is a Gift

A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression. 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 c A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and str...

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Title:Anger Is a Gift
Author:Mark Oshiro
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1250167027
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:463 pages pages

Anger Is a Gift Reviews

  • Kelly
    Jan 28, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

  • Devon
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

  • Marissa
    Jun 28, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    Mar 18, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

  • Adam Silvera
    Feb 05, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

  • sardit
    Jul 25, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

  • Dahlia
    Dec 02, 2017

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

  • Vitor Martins
    Jun 25, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Jun 18, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

  • Amanda
    Jun 17, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

  • charlotte
    May 05, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Aug 31, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Cynthia
    Jul 22, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

  • K
    Jul 22, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

  • C.G. Drews
    Mar 21, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

  • F
    Jul 13, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Jun 12, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

    This one is just not happening right now, but SOON. VERY SOON. It just felt weird to have it sitting on my currently-reading shelf all this time while I've literally only read the first chapter. ...

  • Marianna
    Apr 25, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

    This one is just not happening right now, but SOON. VERY SOON. It just felt weird to have it sitting on my currently-reading shelf all this time while I've literally only read the first chapter. ...

    ?It never happened overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community long ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. People's inability to see through someone else's eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger until we got to a point where some people don't question why a c...

    I really want to write an actual review, but perhaps after I have stopped sobbing my eyes out ...

    You can find this and many more reviews on my blog Marianna's Corner! Anger Is a Gift is a very intense, very emotional and very important YA contemporary novel. The story follows Moss, a teenage gay black boy who is struggling with his grief over his father?s murder by the Oakla...

  • Ava
    Jun 03, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

  • Emma Giordano
    Jun 09, 2018

    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...

  • Chelsea
    May 21, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Jun 08, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

  • Acqua
    May 10, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

  • Charlie Anders
    Jul 20, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

  • Eloise
    Jul 12, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 25, 2017

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

  • Nadia
    Jun 13, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

    This one is just not happening right now, but SOON. VERY SOON. It just felt weird to have it sitting on my currently-reading shelf all this time while I've literally only read the first chapter. ...

    ?It never happened overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community long ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. People's inability to see through someone else's eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger until we got to a point where some people don't question why a c...

  • Marco Morano
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

    This one is just not happening right now, but SOON. VERY SOON. It just felt weird to have it sitting on my currently-reading shelf all this time while I've literally only read the first chapter. ...

    ?It never happened overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community long ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. People's inability to see through someone else's eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger until we got to a point where some people don't question why a c...

    I really want to write an actual review, but perhaps after I have stopped sobbing my eyes out ...

    You can find this and many more reviews on my blog Marianna's Corner! Anger Is a Gift is a very intense, very emotional and very important YA contemporary novel. The story follows Moss, a teenage gay black boy who is struggling with his grief over his father?s murder by the Oakla...

    This book was sent to me as a part of the teenreads.com Teen Board for review. As this is my most anticipated read of the year, I am happy to say it didn?t disappoint. ANGER IS A GIFT is Mark Oshiro?s debut novel follows our main character Moss, who, with a group of his friends,...

  • Sien
    Jun 30, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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 passi...

    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 ...

    Fucking magnets, how do they work? ...

    Galley provided by publisher 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 d...

    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...

    This book could have been extremely valuable and I'm so disappointed by it. I really wish I could have given this more stars based on the potential (and what I think was the intent), but I can't. The writing isn't the worst I've ever encountered, but there were moments it was awkwa...

    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give. ...

    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)[I wouldn't call it particularly homophobic, but ...

    4.5 stars Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review! I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! ?Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as amm...

    This is one of the best YA books I have ever read. I don't have the words to describe this masterpiece yet, but hopefully soon I'll compose a better review. For now: Just read it. UPDATE: This story encompasses so many themes that it?s still hard to discuss. It has everything y...

    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 sch...

    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 studen...

    This one is just not happening right now, but SOON. VERY SOON. It just felt weird to have it sitting on my currently-reading shelf all this time while I've literally only read the first chapter. ...

    ?It never happened overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community long ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. People's inability to see through someone else's eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger until we got to a point where some people don't question why a c...

    I really want to write an actual review, but perhaps after I have stopped sobbing my eyes out ...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 24, 2018

    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...

    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 b...

    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." ...

    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 maste...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 b...

    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. ...

    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 frequent...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 w...