Anger Is A Gift

Anger Is A Gift

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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Moss Jeffries is many things--considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else--someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn't become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.And most of all, he wishes he didn't feel so stuck.Moss can't even escape at school--he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations--it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals. Something will have to change--but who will listen to a group of teens?When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781250167040
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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"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 clas... Read More »

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... Read More »


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I really enjoyed this book. It was plentiful on LGBT representation and was full of strong women. On top of that it really opened my eyes on police brutality in the US. Five Stars.

PimaLib_JessicaP Oct 11, 2018

What do you do when enough is enough? And how do you keep getting up when it might be safer to stay down? These questions flow through the story of Moss, a gay black teenager living in Oakland, California. When the escalating wrongs of an overly aggressive police department begin to affect not only the mental, but physical wellbeing of Moss and his classmates, what can he and their community do? Alongside that, how does he tackle his sometimes-crippling anxiety and make sure to keep the cute boy he met on the BART interested even when his brain fights against him?

This is a hard, heavy book, but it moves quickly. So quickly that the pace makes it even more devastating. It's not a perfect read, but definitely one worth picking up. And then following up with days and days of Happy Reads, once you've gotten over your book hangover.

KateHillier Aug 27, 2018

That was a gut punch everyone needs. At minimum as a booster shot from reading The Hate U Give. This book puts you in Moss' underfunded school that still has money to pilot horrifying sounding projects with the police, who do not have a hot track record with Moss' family let alone his community. The diversity of voices, in ethnicity, abilities, sexuality and gender, is rich but just as part of the tapestry of the story and no special attention is called since this is all just life to them. And it is life to us too, maybe not you personally but it's there.

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