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 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.

Title:Anger Is a Gift
ISBN:9781250167026
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About Mark Oshiro

MARK OSHIRO is the queer Latinx, Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015, and is the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors. When not writing/recording reviews or editing, Oshiro engages in s


    Anger Is a Gift Reviews

  • 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 div...

  • 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 i...

  • 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...

  • 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'...

  • Dahlia

    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 JUL...

  • Trina (Between Chapters)

    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...

  • 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 ab...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    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....

  • 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 brutal...

  • 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 abou...