The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" --Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." --John Green

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

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

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

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --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.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
0062498533
Branch Call Number: YA THOMAS A
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give

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LPL_MaryW Aug 22, 2020

As I read it in the aftermath of the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and countless others, this book has never been more timely. It centers on sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the police murder of her childhood best friend, Khalil, during a traffic stop... Read More »

The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody aka Thug Life, was an acronym that Tupac had tattooed across his chest and was an integral part of his ethos on how societal violence is perpetuated. This powerful message is where Angie Thomas got the name for her award-winning book, and hip hop's a... Read More »

The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody aka Thug Life, was an acronym that Tupac had tattooed across his chest and was an integral part of his ethos on how societal violence is perpetuated. This powerful message is where Angie Thomas got the name for her award-winning book, and hip hop's a... Read More »

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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 »

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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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chantelle26
Oct 19, 2020

Good book.

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_kira_
Sep 09, 2020

I loved this book. I loved Starr and her thought process and her family.

16 year old Starr faces a split in her life. She believes that she has to act differently at home and at school so people don't put her in a category, whether it be an angry black girl or a snobby prep student. These two aspects of her life don't intersect until one of her childhood friends is shot, and makes her the only witness. It is only then that she questions her life, from her boyfriend's race to the safety of her neighborhood. The question is: Should she speak up or stay down?

I have never watched the movie, but I would like to. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It really helped me understand more about racial injustice, especially during this pandemic and tensions are running high.

LPL_MaryW Aug 22, 2020

As I read it in the aftermath of the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and countless others, this book has never been more timely. It centers on sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the police murder of her childhood best friend, Khalil, during a traffic stop. Starr feels guilty about a lot of things—for going to a private high school outside of her neighborhood, for dating a white boy, for losing touch with her friends, for being one person at school and another at home, for remaining silent about Khalil and then for speaking up. I love her warm relationship with her dad, an ex-convict and former gang member. The Hate U Give is an accessible and humanizing look into the beating heart of Black Lives Matter.

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LycheeLily
Aug 21, 2020

I would like to give infinite props to Angie Thomas for her book The Hate U Give. Starr, the main character, is a Black teenager trying to balance her two different lives while also fighting for justice for her friend, Khalil, whose murder she witnessed. Readers follow Starr’s path of figuring out her life and using her voice. Along with the amazing writing style, comedy, and character growth the author includes, there is also a very important and relevant message being shared. This book captures the often invisible yet serious reality for many minority groups in America; it is our job to change it. I recommend The Hate U Give to everybody to read at one point in their lives.

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jonahdrake
Aug 19, 2020

Starr Carter, a 16 year old teenage black girl witnesses the murder of her best childhood friend Khalil by a white cop, even though Khalil was unarmed. Right before, she goes to a party, where she changes between two “versions” of herself, as she says, the Garden Heights and the Williamson Starr. In Garden Heights, she acts differently, hangs out with different people, and even talks differently then she does when she's at Williamson Prep, her high school. Garden Heights is a black neighborhood, whilst Williamson was full of white, semi-wealthy kids. After the news got out of Khalil, she can’t stop thinking about that night and how she wasn’t getting justice for Khalil by not speaking out against the officer. She slowly begins to recover from that trauma and rebuilds strength to speak out against the racists murder of Khalil, but struggles to find a way tell the story without hurting Khalil’s reputation. Aside from this situation, back at home her father struggles to trust any white person, which is a huge problem since Starr’s boyfriend from Williamson Prep is a white boy named Chris. This also shows the racial divide in this world, which helps send a strong message throughout the book.

I really enjoyed this book and how the story starts off as kind of a normal story, but suddenly takes a sharp turn to an emotionally drawn story. I really like how the author uses descriptions to explain the feelings that Starr has, and really gets you to understand the situation and how the main character feels. I would rate this book a 9/10, and I would rate it as 14+ for high school students, because of the graphic description and language. I think everyone should read this book for the message that the author conveys.

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wingertdj
Aug 10, 2020

Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give” is a great example in how under our differences, we are the same. We want the same for our family, friends, neighbors and ourselves. I heard this was a great book and I agree. This is the story of 16-year-old Starr who is torn between the poor Black neighborhood in which she lives and the fancy mostly White prep school she attends. Starr is shattered and the balancing act begins to fall apart when she witnesses Khalil, her childhood best friend, being fatally shot by a police officer. Things begin to spiral out of control as riots break out, the officer is cleared, it is leaked that Khalil was unarmed and people find out Starr is the witness.

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karyn8787
Aug 05, 2020

The Hate U Give centers around the story of sixteen-year-old Star Carter. Star lives between opposite worlds: she lives with her family in a poor neighborhood but attends a fancy prep school. However, one day her entire life shattered around her. While heading home from a party, Star witnesses her unarmed friend, Khalil, shot at the hands of a cop. Star knows this killing is unjust but the world around her characterizes her friend as a thug, drug dealer, and gang member. Star is the only witness and her testimony is crucial in his case. However, pressures from her community, family, and friends sway her decisions. Alongside this gripping storyline of police brutality, the novel explores the daily life of Star and how the opposing environments she grew up in impacted her.
The Hate U Give is a beautifully told story that sheds light on a side of America so many are unfamiliar with. It tells the story of police brutality from the perspective of the victim. We have the opportunity to understand the struggles Star goes through after witnessing such a traumatic event. We are able to see her thought process and the tremendous amount of courage it took for her to stand up against the injustices facing her community. Furthermore, the story is an enjoyable read with moments of humor and laughter scattered throughout. The Hate U Give is a story of tragedy, hope, sorrow, and most of all it is incredibly inspirational and heartfelt. In wake of recent events, this novel is especially topical and it tells such an important story that all should read and understand.

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1Love2learn
Aug 03, 2020

Wow. What a great read. Be aware, lots of swearing, but it realistically captures people's preconceived notions of race and the effects of actions and words. If you are white, you should read this. It may bring awareness to things you never considered offensive. Which character do you most identify with? If it is Hailey, you may wish to re-examine your values.

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Sarahcc4
Aug 01, 2020

The Hate U Give is a compelling, insightful, and heartbreaking read. Angie Thomas explores issues of racism, code-switching, police brutality, and the challenges of teen life in this novel. The author returns explains the title and returns to its message throughout the book. The main character, Starr, is only sixteen, but has witnessed two of her best friends die--one from street violence and one from police brutality. While dealing with her grief, she learns who her true friends are (and are not), wrestles with her identity, and finds her voice. I highly recommend this book.

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jahughes_0
Jul 28, 2020

Starr Carter, the narrator and witness to the murder of her friend in a police shooting, provides the questions and clarity of youth to a story that so many people of all ages are struggling with. "What side of ourselves do we present to a stranger?" and "How do we keep ourselves safe?" are universal questions. Starr asks those questions everyday and adds race into the equation, trying to make sure she is in control and never gives anyone a reason to doubt her. Her journey to reconcile justice, with the weight of racial prejudice, is a battle to have the truth heard. Starr is a character that has to find the bravery to stand against racism on large and small scales.
The Hate U Give is a must read for all ages. Published in 2017, its relevance and power have, unfortunately, only grown since then. Angie Thomas has grounded and expertly explored the flesh and blood issue of the death of POC, especially black men, at the hands of police officers. Thomas, like Starr does at the end of the book, uses her voice as her weapon and hits hard. I as a privileged white female, felt the punches and the patience that Thomas had to give.
No matter your age or race, in 2020 I hope if our nonfiction reality hasn't moved you to find your bravery to stand up, this book is a great place to start.

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Oct 21, 2020

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Sep 25, 2020

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LycheeLily
Aug 21, 2020

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zellisthebest
May 22, 2020

Other: Racism.

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zellisthebest
May 22, 2020

Sexual Content: Talks about sex.

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zellisthebest
May 22, 2020

Violence: Rioting, Shootings

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zellisthebest
May 22, 2020

Coarse Language: A lot of swear words.

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blue_eagle_2085
Mar 09, 2019

Sexual Content: Nothing actually happens but it's implied.

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blue_eagle_2085
Mar 09, 2019

Violence: Shootings, police brutality

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blue_eagle_2085
Mar 09, 2019

Coarse Language: Lots of curse words.

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donutwombat
Aug 27, 2017

Violence: Witness of murder

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CYU_BJ
Aug 01, 2017

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

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CYU_BJ
Aug 01, 2017

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

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CareyMacaulay
Jul 10, 2020

"'Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,' she says. 'It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.'”

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CareyMacaulay
Jul 10, 2020

"That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?"

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CareyMacaulay
Jul 10, 2020

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

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melodia1988
Jul 09, 2020

"You have to decide if the relationship is worth salvaging. Make a list of the good stuff, then make a list of the bad stuff. If one outweighs the other, then you know what you gotta do. Trust me, that method hasn't failed me yet."

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melodia1988
Jul 08, 2020

"Sometimes things will go wrong, but the key is to keep doing right."

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miraellie
Apr 08, 2020

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

CMLibrary_gjd Mar 24, 2019

pg 17 But even if I grew up in it, I wouldn't understand fighting over streets nobody owns.

pg 65 Khalil matters to us, not the stuff he did

pg 165 Her words (Mom) used to have power. If she said it was fine, it was fine. But after you've held two people as they took their last breaths, words like that don't mean shit anymore.

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LexiLou2
Jan 08, 2019

We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?

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shayshortt
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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auri_12
Feb 08, 2019

Starr, the young lady, had a somewhat difficult life. In school she was one person but at home and in her neighborhood she was another. One weekend she went out with her friend. Then she saw an old friend,Khalil, and they just danced. Khalil and Starr then left the party and Khalil was driving Starr home. They got pulled over and the officer had Khalil come out the car while Starr had her hands on the dashboard because her father had taught her what to do in case of these things since she is black. Khalil was joking around and reached into the car and the officer got scared and shot him. That's where it started, Starr was very upset and scared. She was scared to talk about what happened since Khalil was in a gang and the gang would come after her even if the main one was her uncle. A lot happened after that but Starr got the courage and finally stood for what was right.

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shayshortt
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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