The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" --Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." --John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." --Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --The Horn Book (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Branch Call Number: YA THOMAS A
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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LPL_KimberlyL May 24, 2018

This book is about a young man named Khalil, who is shot by a police officer at a traffic stop. This book is about Starr, Khalil's best friend, who happens to be in the car with him when he is killed. This book is about violence and racism and grief. But this book is also about a community coming... Read More »

August 2017 -

An emotional telling of a girl who is torn between sustaining her community or redeeming a friend. The Hate U Give has been called an accurate reflection of current affairs and heartbreakingly topical.

LPL_KarenA Mar 18, 2017

The Hate U Give delves into the life of Starr Carter and her best friend's death at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop. Starr's life is turned upside down as she now has to navigate whether or not to be a witness for the shooting and how that effects her stature in her community.... Read More »

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JaneCowell Aug 15, 2018

This book is the 2018 Amnesty CILIP Honour winner in the Carnegie awards category for the UK and I found out about this book when her acceptance speech was tweeted about in my networks. If you have not seen it, it is well worth viewing here
Angie Thomas was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and her book gives an honest, confronting representation of the casual racist discrimination and everyday violence faced by black people in America. Starr Carter is a young black teenager attending a ‘good’ school in a white neighbourhood while her family lives in a rundown, black neighbourhood. Her father owns the local store and her mother is a qualified nurse. Starr witnesses a friend gunned down by a white police officer and this is the story of the courage it takes to stand up - against injustice, against gang influence and to stand up and give voice to what is right when the mainstream media run an alternative story. It is also a story of accepting yourself, your emotions and taking joy in family when you can. It is confronting and has me questioning how we can all be more tolerant, what is racism and how can we all stand up and be counted when this racism is embedded in process and values. It is about to be made into a movie and the trailer can be seen here

OPL_AmyW Aug 03, 2018

After Starr's childhood friend, Khalil, is shot and killed in front of her by a white police officer, Starr must decide what lengths she will go to to stand up for her friend, her neighborhood, and herself in this gripping and emotional novel about love, prejudice, and the feeling of growing up within a world divided.

Aug 02, 2018

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary fiction that focuses on tough and timely issues, and features diversity in characters.

This book follows Starr who leads two lives: one in her black neighborhood with friends and family, and another at her private high school where she is one of the only non-white students in attendance. When Starr leaves a party with her friend Khalil and they are pulled over, Khalil is shot by a police officer. Starr must deal with her double identity, current issues, guilt and blame, and normal teen issues as the story and the investigation into Kahlil's murder continue.

I had heard so many good things about this book, and FINALLY on the 3rd time checking it out, I was able to get it read. I love that this is an own voices book, and a stunning debut novel for Angie Thomas. I appreciate seeing more diversity in authors, characters, and plots -- especially in YA books. I loved how seamlessly Thomas writes from each of Starr's "worlds," how she gives so much depth to her character. My biggest complaint was just that the chapters were SO long. It's not a secret that I like shorter chapters more, and I find them more motivating to keep reading, but some of these were 30+ pages in length. Other than that though, I thought that this book was fantastically and vividly written, and tenderly deals with such a timely and devastating topic from multiple vantage points.

ArapahoeJulieD Aug 01, 2018

A highly relevant and compelling read. I can't recommend it enough.

OPL_ErinD Jul 25, 2018

The Hate U Give is a relevant and important book for today’s world. For some readers, they will see themselves in Starr or her family and friends. For others it will offer a glimpse into a life that is unlike their own.

This book is a lot of things. It is the story of a young Black person killed by a police officer. And about how that event ripples and tears through a community. It is about how the life experiences of people in the same city differ greatly on either side of invisible lines. And it is about how difficult, but necessary, it is to be able to say, “this is me.” And how much courage it takes to say it loudly.

OPL_KrisC Jul 19, 2018

A timely and compelling story of a young black girl who witnesses the unjust death of a friend at the hands of a white police officer. It's a heartbreaking and thought-provoking look at racism and police violence. Starr's journey from reluctant witness to outspoken advocate is not only courageous, it is inspiring. This is a must read for all teens and adults.

Jul 16, 2018

Stunning début novel. If you want out of your head and a chance to be in someone else's, this book will do it. I swallowed it whole in a straight-through read, but am still digesting it. Canadians should read this--both for insight into US culture, but in the way it resonates in Canada with the way we've treated our First Nations.

Jul 14, 2018

When I started this book, I wasn’t yet aware that it’s soon going to be a movie. I’m glad I read the book before that, not because I don’t expect the movie to be good but because this is such an amazingly well-written work that it feels only right to have read it first. I am going to tell you up front this is a hard read, especially if you’re white. But it is absolutely essential, heartbreaking, and if it doesn’t stir you to act I don’t want to know you.

Starr is a high schooler going to a private school well outside of her neighborhood. She has always lived in that area, and her father was once a gang member of some notoriety. He has decided to get out, though, and he wants to be sure the same life doesn’t ensnare his children. That’s all well and good, except that it has essentially divided his daughter’s life into white neighborhood life and black hood life, and as the story starts this is already causing her trouble.

When a party she’s attending starts to go bad, Starr gets a ride with her childhood buddy Khalil. They are pulled over by a police officer and Khalil is murdered right in front of her. Her home neighborhood is overwhelmed by unsurprising anger; the white kids at her school talk about protesting. But when she finds out they just want to get out of school she is enraged in her turn. To complicate matters, Starr has been hiding her white boyfriend from her Dad, and the fact that she is the young woman who was with Khalil from her school.

The Hate U Give has so much to teach about listening to marginalized people. It’s obviously modelled in some ways on what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, but its message encompasses far more than that. It raises a lot of questions that white people, including me, need to answer for ourselves about our motivations and the way we co-opt marginalized peoples’ struggles to make ourselves feel better about how we treat them. Are we in fact serving them by drowning out their voices with ours? This book comes down clearly on the side of “No,” and it marshals strong arguments in its favor.

Not limiting herself to portraying police brutality or challenging white people, Thomas meditates on friendship, on family (and Starr’s is a complex example), on gangs and the purpose they serve, and much more. I know that I missed out on volumes of subtext, since I’m white and middle-aged. That’s OK. I am not the intended audience for this book. I hope they love it as much as I did.

If the movie is half as good as this book it will be a worthwhile view. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone willing to challenge their prejudices. Five of five stars.

ArapahoeRead Jul 11, 2018

Fantastic YA novel that adults will enjoy too. The Hate U Give touches on many issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and race in the US. I thought the author did a good job of depicting different perspectives and weaving them together into a compelling narrative. A relevant read that I would recommend to teens and adults alike!

Jul 11, 2018

I've heard a lot about this book for a while now, and I can finally understand why. It was very well written, powerful and important. I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Aug 27, 2017

Violence: Witness of murder

Aug 01, 2017

Violence: police shooting, vivid description of a friend's death

Aug 01, 2017

Coarse Language: extreme profanity, but not to the extent that teenagers can't handle

Apr 18, 2017

Violence: Police brutality, domestic violence


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Apr 18, 2017

Starr Carter is a girl with a foot in two worlds. By day, she attends Williamson, a suburban prep school where she is one of only two black students in her year. In the evening, she goes home to Garden Heights, the city’s poor, black neighbourhood, where she has lived all her life. She is one person at home and another person at school, because she can’t be too “bougie” in the neighbourhood, or too “ghetto” at school. But the wall she has carefully built between her two selves begins to crumble when she is the only witness to a police officer shooting and killing her childhood friend, Khalil. The killing gains national headlines as protestors take to the streets to protest the murder of yet another unarmed black boy. In the day’s following Khalil’s death, Starr faces a choice between remaining silent, and speaking up. But even if she can find her voice, will it be enough to get justice for Khalil?

SPL_Brittany Apr 09, 2017

"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right."

Sixteen year old Starr moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the affluent high school she attends. The uneasy balance is shattered when she becomes a witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was black, unarmed, and doing nothing wrong.

Soon afterwards, the media gains interest, and Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, a gangbanger even a drug dealer. While the police don’t seem interested in finding out what really happened, rioting begins and protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name, as his death ignites long held tensions between the black community and their treatment by the police.

Throughout, Starr struggles with her identity as her two worlds collide. Her fear is palpable as she confronts system that she knows is working against her. She’s afraid to speak out yet worries that if she does not Khalil’s murderer could escape justice. Will she find her voice for Khalil?

Angie Thomas writes a beautiful, timely and emotionally charged novel about a teenage girl dealing with very real and complex relationships. Thomas confronts issues of race and class sending an incredibly powerful message to readers as well as those wanting to understand the blacklivesmatter movement. Her writing style and characters will engage you from page one, and will have readers falling in love with the entire Carter family. An engrossing and refreshing read, it is hard to believe that this is Thomas’s first novel, already the rights have been given for this to be made into a feature film.


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Apr 18, 2017

It seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person could be charged in his own murder, you know?

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