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 crippling panic attacks.Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift....
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Anger Is a Gift Reviews
This was an incredible novel, a portrayal of pain and anger and love and light and justice. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
The best way I can describe this book is "Imagine THUG and DEAR MARTIN had a gay baby." (ETA: Actually, I'm going with "Imagine THUG and DEAR MARTIN had a gay baby that was then single-mothered by JULIET TAKES A BREATH.") I think there are more Q/TPoC in this book alone than in all of YA combined (well, excepting CB Lee's awesome SIDEKICK series, maybe), and the fact that that's in a social justice book about police brutality...it's a really nice thing to imagine how many people are going to fee ...more
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."
I didn't love this. I wanted to, I kind of expected to, but I didn't - for more than one reason, but they all come back to the writing, which didn't work for me.
Anger Is a Gift is a story about police violence and racism from a point of view I hadn't seen yet: a gay black boy with anxiety whose school is every day more similar to a prison, with cops and metal detectors but no money for books.
This is a contemporary, but it works perfectly as a dystopian, except it's real. I mean, the po ...more
Oh wow this is an incredibly powerful book...just wow. Definitely do. not. miss this one when it's out in May, ok, peoples?!? It's so well written with amazing characters and it just sucks you write in so you're there, experiencing this horribly unfair and frightening world of police brutality and racism...and also strong friendships and love. Moss was amazing and so so relatable.
LOOK EVERYONE WAS ANXIOUS AND GAY AND JUST DOING THEIR BEST.
And honestly, as a white/Australian, this almost felt dys ...more
can't belive I got an ARC of this I'M SO HAPPY
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.
4.5 Stars! I really really loved this book. An absolute must read for fans of stories of teen activists.
CW: racism, assault, violence, police brutality, murder/death
Anger Is A Gift features such a diverse cast of characters to the point where I don't believe I can list them all and I am so down for more books with this trait. There are gay characters (own voices!), trans characters, non-binary characters, bisexual/biromantic characters, asexual characters, black characters, Latinx characters (ow ...more