Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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 crippling panic attacks.Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and ...

Details Anger Is a Gift

TitleAnger Is a Gift
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews Anger Is a Gift

  • Emma Giordano
    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/deathAnger 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 c...
  • C.G. Drews
    Oh wow this is an incredibly powerful book...just wow. Definitely do. not. miss this one when it's out in May, ok, peoples?!? It's so well written with amazing characters and it just sucks you write in so you're there, experiencing this horribly unfair and frightening world of police brutality and racism...and also strong friendships and love. Moss was amazing and so so relatable.LOOK EVERYONE WAS ANXIOUS AND GAY AND JUST DOING THEIR BEST.And hon...
  • Adam Silvera
    Official blurb: "ANGER IS A GIFT is an explosion of fury and revolution. Mark Oshiro's beautiful and brutal debut proves that not only can anyone be a hero, but great change comes when the heroes work together."
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    This was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. Wow.Update 7/9/18:I will probably not be able to put words into any kind of order that does the emotional aspect of this book justice. But I'm going to try. Just know that whatever I say pales in comparison to the masterful story that Mark Oshiro has given us with his debut novel.Anger is a Gift is an incredibly difficult book to get through for numerous reasons. Please be aware going in ...
  • Acqua
    2.5 stars.I didn't love this. I wanted to, I kind of expected to, but I didn't - for more than one reason, but they all come back to the writing, which didn't work for me.Anger Is a Gift is a story about police violence and racism from a point of view I hadn't seen yet: a gay black boy with anxiety whose school is every day more similar to a prison, with cops and metal detectors but no money for books.This is a contemporary darker than many YA dy...
  • Cynthia
    Anger Is A Gift tries to hold a mirror up the world to show you its ugliness. Racism, classism, hatefulness and good intentions gone awry are the cornerstones supporting the message that police brutality is real and awful. But the mirror is distorted and the message diluted in frequently sloppy writing, an unlikeable protagonist and the characters who exist solely to prop him up or draw his fire. The diversity of its cast is squandered, and while...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    This was brilliant. And gutting. I wouldn't expect any less from Mark--I've been a big fan since he was writing about Harry Potter--but it still blew me away. It was a fresh breath of air to read about a cast of mostly people of color, most of whom are queer (including trans, nonbinary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and asexual characters). This is the diverse, gay dystopian story we always wanted--except the dystopia is present day and already happeni...
  • Eloise
    4.5 ~ This book made me cry on public transportation.I didn't expect it to be this difficult to read but I'm glad it was.What's this book about?:When the "security control" in Moss' school gets out of hand and violence follows, he, with the help of his friends, his ma and his comunity, get together to start protesting.And damn did it punch me in the gut... Not only was it greatly important to find a book focused on the expression of police brutal...
  • Vitor Martins
    Esse livro é forte de um jeito que eu não imaginava que seria. É um livro sobre a violência policial nos Estados Unidos, sobre ser negro e gay em uma comunidade acolhedora mas controlada pelo Homem Branco e sobre lutar até o último segundo para proteger seus ideais, sua família e seus amigos.O Moss é um protagonista que, desde o primeiro capítulo, já chega com uma bagagem grande de traumas e medos. Seu pai foi assassinado por um policia...
  • Devon
    I wish I liked this book more. Students organizing against the school-to-prison pipeline? An unblinking indictment against police violence? Tons of queer and POC characters? Near-crippling social anxiety? And it's written by Mark Oshiro, the guy who writes about books and TV with passionate love and withering scorn? I thought I'd love this.But I really couldn't get past the characters. In a book with so many characters, there is ONE character wit...
  • charlotte
    Galley provided by publisherI really need to start a shelf which sorts books into the category of "it's not you, it's me" because this is one of those ones. I figure the best way to get through this review is by listing the good and bad things so, here we go.THE GOOD- The diversity! The cast of characters in this book was fairly diverse, especially in terms of the LGBT community being represented, which was great to see. And I really did like mos...
  • F
    Fucking magnets, how do they work?
  • Elizabeth
    This book actually made me angry - I was hoping for a thoughtful book about racism and police brutality that treated its diverse cast well. Pity then that it's poorly written, deeply misogynistic, ableist, and has an unpleasant "bury your gays" plot - and yet it wins praise for being woke. It's also a book that very much falls into the "the main character is perfect, all praise him" category, which, granted, is common in YA and may or may not be ...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Anger Is a Gift is simply a watered down version of The Hate U Give.
  • K
    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 awkward enough that I was ejected completely out of the story. The dialog can be spectacularly wooden and honestly kind of odd. Characters are flat and don't seem to develop...
  • Chelsea
    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 ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.” If you enjoy books like The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, you have to give Anger is A Gift ...
  • Ava
    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 you could ever ask for in a YA novel:- writing that hooks the reader, making the story impossible to put down.- a main character who feels real and relatable, as well as the...
  • Marissa
    Well I guess it's time for me to go against the popular opinion again.This book was hard to finish. I mean it was a serious struggle. The writing was bad - clunky, a lot of telling instead of showing, etc. Moss was an unbearable MC - the whole chapter after the police riot at his school, when everyone was at the church and Moss had at least 5 tantrums - I had to put the book down several times at that point, and force myself to pick it back up ag...
  • Amanda
    I really thought I was going to love this book, but I couldn't even finish it. Ok, the characters are black and gay and intersectional and plot is raw and politically relevant... these are all the things I was looking forward to. The thing is, I can't think of a single one of my students for whom this book would be the perfect read - and I teach diverse students of all sorts. The praise, I've noticed, mostly comes from adults and I wonder what wi...
  • Nadia
    ”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 cop should be allowed to shoot first and ask questions later.” 4 stars TW: panic attacks, police brutality, racism, violence, deathread full review here*full review...
  • Sien
    I really want to write an actual review, but perhaps after I have stopped sobbing my eyes out
  • Marianna
    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 Oakland police, as well as his PTSD from that same day. Moss is doing his best to move forward, but both his anxiety and certain events at his school, make this very difficu...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Official:Anger is a Gift is a masterpiece. A perfectly paced, gut wrenching, powerful masterpiece. If you ever set it down when reading (which, believe me, you won't want to), you will have to let out a breath because it's that incredible. but also: ohmygoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
  • Charlie Anders
    I've been a fan of Mark Oshiro for years, but this book still amazed me and startled me with its intense emotional story of a queer kid dealing with intense trauma from his father's murder at the hands of the police. What's great about this book is that the protagonist never "gets over" his mental health problems, but he's still able to rise up and fight against the police brutality that invades his school, even in the face of horrendous loss. Th...