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, Fiction

Reviews Anger Is a Gift

  • 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."
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • USOM
    I just want to preface this review by saying, this book is heavy and it's intense. Anger is a Gift grapples with incredibly timely and difficult issues - such as police brutality, racism, and a variety of other -isms. At times it makes your blood boil, your heart break, and your tears run. In the span of the first twenty pages, Oshiro hooked me and didn't let go until I was finished with the book. Actually, until even now days after finishing. An...
  • Allyson
    This book gives an extremely realistic firsthand view of police brutality but also manages to be a primer on community organizing hidden in the depths of a queer love story. I feel like this book is going to be talked about for a long time. I love it thanks.
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Wow. This book was a gut punch, but a necessary one. Preorder this one immediately.
  • Stacey Kay
    It’s not a stretch to say that I’ve learned more about empathy and understanding from Mark Oshiro over the years than I have from anyone else. Even having known his intelligence and sensitivity, I was unprepared for how much this book had to teach me. The story is told with honesty and had me reviewing my own privileges that can be used to give others a voice and platform. There really is more diversity in this story than in any other I’ve ...
  • Stefanie
    Still working on the review. Should have it done soon!
  • Whitney
    Disclaimer 1: I received an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.Disclaimer 2: I've been reading Mark Oshiro's reaction blogs since 2010, when he was writing about Twilight for Buzzworthy. His indignation kept me company during my unpaid internship in Atlanta. I've lurked but never super engaged with the wider community that he's managed to build in the last decade, but I've read enough (and he writes enough) to make me feel personally inve...
  • Anna
    Anger is a gift was quite an interesting read. At just over 400 pages there is a lot that goes on but the majority of the action occurs in the final 100 pages. I don't dislike this book and 3 stars is a positive rating of “I like it” but I think that I went into this book with really high expectations. Initially, I did not like this book at all and was confused on why it was being referred to as a book about police brutality. I felt that a bi...
  • Paul
    I’m sweating. I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack… I’m gonna to pass out. I’m gonna throw up, piss, and shi#$ all at the same time… For anyone who has ever had a panic attack, as I have, these symptoms snowball and quickly cripple you. Moss Jefferies, the main character of Mark Oshiro’s young adult novel Anger is a Gift, has been struck with this affliction since his father’s death six years ago at the hands of an Oakland...
  • Mike
    This book is good, and important, and devastating. It started slow and light, but this sense of unease crept in at about the 1/3 mark and by halfway through the hits just kept coming, and I basically stayed up and read until I passed out.I hesitate to say much more about this because I don't want to spoil it, but you know that thing going around about (and I paraphrase) "I don't know how to explain to you why you should care about other people"? ...
  • Ava Budavari
    (TW: police brutality) Stories like this are more important now than they ever have been before. Stories that tell the truth of what the world is really like for those who are not born with a certain characteristics that society has deemed "superior." Stories that unapologetically say that black and brown lives matter. Stories that bring youth to the forefront. Kids have been leaders of the social justice battles that plague our world and not onl...
  • Rachel
    This book was excellent and brutal and so, so necessary. On some level I'm actually surprised it's even getting published because of how honest it is about police violence and protest - it's definitely gonna cause some pearl clutching, which is some of the highest praise I can give it. I can't wait to talk about it with folks. There's so much I want to say but can't yet because I don't want to spoil this. I will say that I especially appreciated ...
  • Jordin
    This book was AMAZING! Such a compelling and somehow addictive read. Representation on so many fronts: race, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, and ability. Not only is this a story that needs to be told about police violence and force against kids and protesters, it's a story that's told so well with characters that leap off the page. Just wow.
  • Sydney Paige
    I received an ARC of Anger is a Gift in exchange for an honest review. And I'm so glad I did! This is the emotional, passionate, multi-faceted contemporary read that today's teens have been yearning to read. Containing themes regarding the LGBT+ community, police violence, and family, Anger is the most current YA I have read to date. I loved that a good majority of the characters were LGBT+ without falling into stereotypes or being the controllin...
  • Amelia
    Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Teen for approving my arc of this book.I got approved for this arc just this morning, and I’ve been reading nonstop ever since.This book is heartbreaking, and important, and so so SO good. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, I’m sure that’s pretty obvious, but I broke my pattern for Mark Oshiro because I’ve been following his work online for close to a decade, and this was everything I always knew he was c...
  • Kimberly Vanderbloom
    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.I was excited to read this book. I’ve heard great things about it and when I won it I actually squealed. I was blown away by the writing. It transported you in to some deep and gut wrenching topics. It brings you closer to understanding gender equality and police brutality. It is hard formed to understand some of these issues because I’ve never witnessed them or been near anything close to w...
  • Priya Sridhar
    Wow. This book is amazing, painful and insightful. It's a book we need.Mark Oshiro, who originally wrote Moss's story as science fiction, says he wanted to write a book that portrayed the normalcy of Oakland to people who grew up without metal detectors and officers in their school. He succeeds brilliantly; teenage Moss hates the resource officer, especially while grieving his father and using cognitive behavioral therapy to handle panic attacks....
  • Susie Dumond
    "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."Moss is a sophomore who has suffered from panic attacks and anxiety since witnessing a police officer murder his father. Now, with an increased police presence bringing violence to his underfunded high school, he and his friends are organizing to push back. This book is smart, mo...
  • Laura
    Powerful, important, and so timely. Moss and his friends, who are as gloriously diverse as life itself, are struggling against a security crackdown at their urban high school. Tragic events lead to protests that involve their wider community. Each time it felt as if the events portrayed in this novel were just a little bit extreme, I made myself read yet another in the seemingly never-ending list of news articles about police brutality without co...