The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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"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 HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Branch Call Number: FIC THOMA A
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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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.

loonylovesgood Jan 11, 2018

One of the best YA books I've read in quite some time. Should be required reading in schools. Powerful and emotional, you won't soon forget Starr's story.

Dec 24, 2017

This book is extremely well written and conveys a vital message that us youth need to know in a way that we can grasp it. This book is very relevant in our society today, and I would 10/10 recommend it to anyone.

Dec 20, 2017

For every person who says “All lives matter, not just black lives”, hand them this book to show why the “Black Life Matters” movement is so strong. Great characterization and juxtaposition of middle-class white and black lives.

Dec 13, 2017

The beginning was very very interesting. It was a great hook. The first 100 pages I was wanting to read more but it started to get very dull. I couldn't read the whole book it was just too dreading.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

I thought, "There's no way this book can be as amazing as everyone makes it out to be, right?" Oh, I'm so glad to be wrong. This book is crucial. It kept me up at night. It's such a necessary book, and it explains so much...without shouting at me. It tells me a story, in clear, concise ways, while still expressing important questions and answers and fears. I don't understand it all, because how could I, considering who I am, but I *get* it a whole lot more now. Please read this.

Miranda_Ericsson Dec 03, 2017

A powerful, important book. I had no idea that Tupac ascribed an acronym to THUG LIFE: The Hate You Give Little Infants F*s Everyone. In a video interview, Tupac states that Thug Life is about someone rising and thriving despite everything life has thrown at them, sometimes in the only way they know how--and it's a reminder that when children suffer from a cycle of institutionalized racism and poverty and are often pressed into crime before they even come of age, everyone in our society suffers the results.
In The Hate U Give, Starr Carter straddles two worlds. She and her family live in the ghetto, where crime and violence are a part of everyday life. Her parents pay to send her to an exclusive, mostly white school nearly an hour away, to give her an edge, and an education that she can't get from her neighborhood school.
When an unarmed childhood friend is shot by police after a traffic stop, Starr is the only witness--the only voice that her dead friend has in a world that seems determined to shame his reputation and his name. Starr feels split between her two roles and two sets of friends, and ultimately she'll have to choose whether to stay silent or speak out.
Throughout this book Starr is reminded by adult role models that it is not our place to judge the actions and mistakes of others. Compassion and kindness are core messages, delivered to readers through dialogue and story in a way that is never heavy handed. Despite the serious topic, there is a lot of humor and warmth in this story, and the ending is hopeful.
Read it!!

Nov 28, 2017

Love, Love, Love this book. There really isn't much I could say, but I highly recommend that this be read by all. This is the most powerful story that I have read in many years. I enjoyed it so much that I read the book in one day. Love, Love, Love it!!!

Nov 17, 2017

Overall I think Thomas did a wonderful job of not only making me see things through Starr's eyes, but really understand how they all felt about this tragedy.. A young man's life was taken too soon and it shouldn't have been. This is something that has been happening time and time again and honestly every time, I've felt sick to my stomach. Because of how the media tries to spin things and make the victim look as if they deserved it. It's not right, but sadly I don't see it changing quickly.

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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

donutwombat thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

blue_crab_407 Aug 20, 2017

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Aug 01, 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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