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, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Thoma
Characteristics: 444 pages
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 20, 2018

This is such a moving and timely book. There are many parts that are heartbreaking to read. Starr is with her friend Khalil when he is killed by a cop. She doesn’t want everyone to know that she is the unidentified witness the news keeps mentioning. She wants justice for Khalil, but is unsure of who she can trust. Starr’s world is fleshed out with vivid descriptions of her family, friends, and surroundings. The book shows how complex and multi-dimensional issues surrounding race and class are. Starr feels like she is stuck between two worlds. She loves her neighborhood because of the people and sense of community, while also worrying that drugs and gangs are destroying many things she holds dear. She likes her fancy private school 45 minutes from her home, but also feels like nobody there can possibly understand her life. She wants justice for Khalil and every other victim of police brutality, but she also worries about what protests and riots could do to her uncle who is a cop. While reading this book I felt like Starr is the kind of kid who could change the world, and the best part of the book is seeing her recognize her own power.

DPLjosie Feb 16, 2018

Fabulous and heart-wrenching.

Feb 09, 2018


Feb 06, 2018

Starr's story is beautiful and heartbreaking. Her voice and experiences are so important for EVERYONE to read (whether you're seeing yourself represented or reading a perspective different from your own). But this isn't a one-note "issue" book. It is also engaging and heartwarming, and includes a fully fleshed out family you get to know and fall in love with.

Feb 05, 2018

I had seen that some of my friends had read this book recently so scooped it up once it was available at the library. It is rather thick, so I was worried it would take me a while to get through, but I legit couldn't put it down. It was so good! The story is honest, tragic and necessary. I appreciate that it is written for a younger audience, because it seems that the young folks are those who are willing to stand up and make a difference! Not only do I hope everyone reads this book, I hope it has a lasting impact and we DO SOMETHING! It's not enough to get mad, post on social media and then move on with life... WE MUST MAKE A CHANGE! Thank you to the author who had the courage to write this book, for the people who are willing to enter into a dialogue and attempt to fix the system that has been broken for way too long, and for everyone who gets involved, joins a movement and demands better. I would give it a 10 out of 10.

Feb 05, 2018

A powerful, moving story. Beautifully written. This book makes you uncomfortable, in all the ways we need to be uncomfortable. It sticks in your brain and doesn't let go. This is one where I say everyone needs to read this book.

Feb 05, 2018

My first reaction to the book; wait, why is this so acclaimed? My final reaction: I need this book in multiple copies. The Hate U Give is such an important book. I can’t stress this enough; it’s a must read for teens. There were so many aspects that this book had from the Black Lives Matter movement to just Starr with her slightly dysfunctional but loveable family. Starr Carter is primarily known in Garden Heights as “Big Mav’s daughter who works at the store”, even though it’s her hometown. The truth is, that’s where she’s always seen because she goes to a school an hour away, as her parents attempt to shape a better future for her. But the truth is, Garden Heights Starr and William Prep Starr are two different people, and she couldn’t imagine it ever being different. But on one day, alongside her brother’s sister (the family tree will have you in for a ride!) Starr goes to a Garden Heights party and sees one of her childhood best friends, Khalil. As an attempt to leave the party due to a shooting, they get pulled over by the police and Khalil is shot dead… for no reason, other than the fact that he was black. I get that this can be controversial, but the truth is that this society is a reality for us. You have to overlook a few things but at the same time have to understand the setting of the book. There are so many powerful messages that are so important for YA communities. My review won’t do it justice; you have to read this book. Multiple times. “A hairbrush is not a gun.” Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 03, 2018

An important story, but not very well written, I'm afraid. I did love the close family and how it was portrayed.

ginafeil Jan 17, 2018

Starr is a witness to her best friend's murder at the hands of a cop who pulls them over one night leaving a party. She is having a hard time dealing enough with violence, death, racism, and social injustice. Timely book of the year.

JCLChrisK Jan 11, 2018

Outstanding storytelling. I really wish this wasn't being praised quite so highly as topical and "important," because then people can miss the point that this is a powerful and engaging story. A story about people, not issues. Yes, issues come up, but as they are embodied by the lived lives of real characters. Real people. This is a top-notch book. And the audio reading by Bahni Turpin is stellar, as well. Most highly recommended.

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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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Aug 24, 2017

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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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