The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Book - 2017
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ReaderErin
Nov 17, 2017

Overall I think Thomas did a wonderful job of not only making me see things through Starr's eyes, but really understand how they all felt about this tragedy.. A young man's life was taken too soon and it shouldn't have been. This is something that has been happening time and time again and honestly every time, I've felt sick to my stomach. Because of how the media tries to spin things and make the victim look as if they deserved it. It's not right, but sadly I don't see it changing quickly.

AL_KATI Oct 30, 2017

This book is exactly what people need to read right now when we talk about race. It's incredibly relevant and well-written. One of the best teen novels of 2017 without a question.

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MelissaYAReader
Oct 28, 2017

WOW! This book was amazing. It is beautifully written and the characters are so well developed. I felt like I knew these people. I loved Starr's family and how they care for her and advise her. They know how difficult the situation is, but her parents let her make the choices she feels are best for her.

This book tackles a tough topic, and it doesn't flinch. It challenges the reader to look at current events. In many ways, this story is ripped from the headlines, but this time, through Starr we are witnesses to the events. Powerful, insightful, and well written.

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Brianskyu
Oct 20, 2017

One of the best books you'll read this year. Do not be surprised if you reread it. The Hate U GIve (Little Infants F**ks Everybody) is so real.

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dnlle
Oct 12, 2017

Starr is a 16-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends an upscale suburban prep school. Her life begins to lose balance after she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood friend by a police officer. Full of heartbreak and humour, this is a powerful story told in Starr’s authentic voice, as she experiences and reflects on the consequences of systemic racism as it disrupts her two worlds.

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ncarrigg
Oct 05, 2017

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COURIER3
Sep 17, 2017

Not my type of story. Read only one chapter.

peterpanbookclub Sep 09, 2017

Starr is caught between two worlds, and in the middle of a social war. A fascinating, wrenching look at a 16 year old trying to balance the influences around her and her own conscience.

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wombatcombat
Aug 24, 2017

This is such a stunning book, unique and timely. It shows the world through the eyes of a young African American girl. This book tells of the bias and racism here in North America in an exciting plot. Honest and riveting, the debut of Angie Thomas about an ordinary girl with an extraordinary story to tell will not disappoint!

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morganfleming
Aug 22, 2017

An extremely important and timely book. I'll recommend for the subject matter and the positive portrayal of a black community alone. I'm very excited for this book to reach such a large audience, especially with a future movie adaption in the works.

My missing stars are just a matter of my personal taste in writing styles, but I do recommend this book overall for its cultural value.

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QnVz
Aug 09, 2017

I think the author did an excellent job of her subject matter and character definitions. Excellent summer read! Thought-provoking and intellegent! Our whole family is going through it.

AL_TIEGAN Aug 09, 2017

I could not put this book down. The characters are riveting and the story is heartrending. This story, and every other one like it is how we are going to bring about the necessary change in our world. All lives matter, and the important thing is that they lived - as Starr so beautifully says when she speaks out. It doesn't matter what bad choices someone made, there were still people in their life who loved them, people to whom they mattered deeply - it mattered that they lived. This book presents such a powerful message in a time when a large group of people feel like their lives do not matter and their voices are not being heard. Thank you, Angie Thomas for bringing this story to life - I plan to talk about it with everyone I meet to spread it's message.

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gymgurl
Aug 07, 2017

This is a special book for me. The story was so meaningful and I absolutely loved the characters, especially the main character who is called Starr. This book deals with some really important issues but it never once felt preachy which I hate. I loved being involved with the community in this story and was sad for it to end. This fantastic book can be read by teens or adults.

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LPL_Sarah
Aug 03, 2017

I waffled a bit between giving this 3.5 or 4 stars and ultimately landed on 4 because the subject matter is incredibly important and it gives an easily accessible way for people to become more familiar with the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. There are so many summaries of the plot listed, that I'll refrain from making this too redundant. But, Starr is a strong and loveable character whose life is turned upside down when her unarmed, African American, and lifelong friend, Khalil, is killed by a white police officer. The book starts out incredibly strong and is an absolute page turner. Some of my criticisms have to do with the writing style and nothing to do with the story or subject matter. It's very dialogue driven and there were a few times when the characters are in the middle of these insanely dangerous and life altering situations and they'll just start talking about video games. I'm sure this was a choice Angie Thomas made to make these teens seem more realistic, but I found it somewhat distracting because I wanted to know what was going on! Very minor criticisms, truly. I still highly recommend the book.

SquamishLibraryStaff Jul 30, 2017

This book is amazing. I picked it up to read a few chapters, and ended up finishing it in about three hours. A ripped from the headlines story about a black girl who witnesses the shooting death of her best friend by a police officer, after they are pulled over. This book is by turns heartbreaking and heart wrenching, funny and heart warming, and really makes you look at all of the recent shootings in the US in another light, raising all sorts of questions. Can a person be culpable in their own death? If someone is labelled a gang banger or a drug dealer, does it justify their death? One of the most heartbreaking moments for me is when the protagonist, Starr, summarizes the steps to 'surviving' being pulled over by a policeman, and then reiterates them in her head every time she sees a cop.
This book is well-written, has enough light-hearted and laugh out loud moments to make it an enjoyable read, and really stayed with me after I put it down. Bonus points for the shout-outs to Tupac (2Pac) Shakur.

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conniedaugherty
Jul 27, 2017

I love this book. It has helped me see more clearly things I didn't even realize I haven't understood (because I haven't experienced them). The concepts in this book are not simplified but are understandable because we are dragged through them with the characters and plot. The writing, everything, feels pitch perfect about topics (inner city violence and gangs, police killing blacks, black lives matter, interracial relationships, how to live in this world, family) which are very challenging. This book is poignant, funny, tragic, scary, and sweet. I still have a lump in my heart and will think about this book and the characters for a long time. They are no longer just characters to me.

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kpfiffner
Jul 23, 2017

The research shows that reading helps foster empathy, and this is the book that everyone needs to read. Angie Thomas does a fantastic job showing the the hidden side of officer involved murders. Do not wait to read this, NOW is the time to see the hurt in our communities in of color.

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GLNovak
Jul 19, 2017

This young adult book is getting rave reviews and atmospheric ratings for being so in tune with today and the Black Lives Matter movement. I have to say that for me it was a bit better than average in terms of the writing and the depth of character development. I felt almost hammered on the head with the premise that no matter what evidence is presented, white cops can get away with killing black men. This story is meant, I think, to show just how confusing it is for young people who are trying to make sense of things based on what they see happening around them. I give the author credit for including a black cop, a gang boss turned straight shopkeeper, an educated healthcare professional, and a white boyfriend. She gave sixteen-year-old Starr a life that is not the stereotype - married parents who are hard-working and drug-free, and a school life in a non-ghetto private school - and then went on to show how that life resulted in her not knowing who she really is. I finished reading with the same questions I had when I began - how does society move on when this hate on both sides seems so entrenched.

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peachmcd
Jul 19, 2017

What an important read for any white person who THINKS they understand BLM! Stories get us inside the minds and hearts of people we might never meet any other way, and this story is life-changing for those of us working to go beyond simply 'trying not to be racist' to become anti-racist allies in America's struggle for Liberty and Justice for All.

AL_KELSEY Jul 13, 2017

This is a rough book--make sure you have tissues...and maybe a punching bag. This book is a beautiful, yet traumatizing story about family, friends, and the justice system in this country. You'll be hard-pressed to read this and not become furious at the injustice that goes on in real life. This is a definite must-read!

ehbooklover Jul 10, 2017

4.5 stars. There are so many ways to describe this book: emotional, tragic, engaging, inspiring, sobering, and riveting (to name a few). I absolutely loved the characters. A wonderful read about a very timely and important topic.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 26, 2017

Yes, yes, yes! One of the best YA books I’ve read. Of course (and unfortunately) it is a very relevant topic and I think the author covered it respectfully AND realistically- never sensationalizing, never sugar coating. I wish everyone would read this. There’s a lot to learn here. And a lot to love.

There's a lot of buzz around this, but don't let it sway you from reading about Starr. While the pop-cultural references could quickly date this, the subject matter and storytelling will keep this book relevant for a long time. Starr is funny, insightful, and complex.

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KateCCL
Jun 14, 2017

African American teenager Starr is doing a great job juggling her different worlds of home and school, until the day her friend is killed by a white policeman. Suddenly her worlds collide in ways she doesn't believe.

lindsay_r Jun 13, 2017

This is a very powerful novel about an extremely difficult and relevant topic. However, the book offers moments of levity and has a lot of heart and humour. Starr's relationship with her family is especially heartwarming. It's a great read overall that will make you laugh and cry.


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