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: HarperCollins Canada Ltd. 2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2017


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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Aug 01, 2017

CYU_BJ thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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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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