The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Book - 2017
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After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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When Starr’s childhood best friend is shot in front of her by a cop, the uneasy balance between her two worlds, her private school and her poor neighborhood, is shattered. Suddenly, Starr’s life is spiraling out of control as tensions mount, and everyone wants to know what really happened that ni... Read More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The best book I have read this year! Very moving, it makes you really think.

Jan 08, 2019

While I believe Thomas has created a story that shines a light on the current reality of police discrimination against visible minorities, I don't think this novel furthers any dialogue. As a person of color, I groaned reading this, feeling it was just furthering the cliche of what it means to be black. At the same time though, there were aspects that rang true to me: there is a fine line of being "just black enough" when with the white majority while not becoming "the angry black girl". The relationships Starr has are, like the last reviewer mentioned, more like that of a 13 year old. I'm glad Thomas had the ending as it was, with regards to the verdict, but the book still left a tacky taste in my mouth.

Dec 23, 2018

I am only a little ashamed to admit that I sometimes enjoy reading popular young adult books. I understand that there is a stigma here, but honestly, most of them don't deserve the hate they get. This particular book, however, often reads like it was written by a thirteen year old girl. "You know what? I'll Beyoncé him. Not as powerful as a nineties R&B breakup song, but stronger than a Taylor Swift. Yeah. That'll work." I'm pretty sure that I didn't talk like that when I was thirteen. If you look beyond the copious teen slang and the constant gratuitous cursing, you will find a decent "feel good" young adult story about racial tensions in the United States. Or you could skip this book and wait for the inevitable Hollywood movie to appear. In this particular case, the Hollywood script will likely be an improvement to the writing!

Dec 12, 2018

Bev recommends

JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

Angie Thomas is an absolute powerhouse of emotional exploration and nuance. The Hate U Give blew my high expectations right out of the water and left me twisted in a knot of hope, dispare, anguish, pain, and still boundlessly inspired to push back against the systematic inequities in this country that lead to people being murdered by the very institutions sworn to protect them. If you are able I suggest listening to the audiobook, the actor is phenomenal (but maybe don't listen to this in the car or at work unless you want to be sobbing in public).

Dec 04, 2018

Good story with appealing characters. Especially good for young adults who want to explore race and racism from the viewpoint of a 16 year-old Black girl.

Dec 04, 2018

Great read to challenge previously held viewpoint. Thomas tells a hard story thru the eyes of a teenager. Can we make this required reading in the school system?....

Nov 29, 2018

And some people think white people are racist i'd say its the other way around. this book is complete trash.

Nov 29, 2018

I love how every name with Angie has a meaning.
Star means light
Seven means perfection
Sekani means joy
Maverick means independent
Lisa means Oath of God
Khalil means companion
I like how these names are a part of the characters, I love the power it gives them.

Nov 28, 2018

This book was fantastic. I watched the movie first because the book has been on hold from the library for so long. This is one of those cases where the movie was amazing too and I strongly recommend it as well. They were different in so many ways that at some points it felt like it was a different story. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It has such important points and helps put things into perspective if you did not grow up in the same situation. I'm not black and I can't pretend to know what it is like to be afraid of cops. I can't pretend to know how it feels to snitch on someone who killed my best friends or how it would feel not to. This book truly helps explain why Black Lives Matter is not saying all lives don't matter. It is saying you can't justify anyone's death. We are all guilty of something but that doesn't mean anyone deserves to be shot, unarmed, and the only "threatening" part about you is the color of your skin. Black lives matter is probably one of the most important movements since I have been alive. I love that in the book, Starr's uncle is a cop and to hear that perspective as well. This book is so well written. I got through it so fast. I couldn't wait to hear more.

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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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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?

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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