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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Oct 12, 2017

Starr is a 16-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends an upscale suburban prep school. Her life begins to lose balance after she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood friend by a police officer. Full of heartbreak and humour, this is a powerful story told in Starr’s authentic voice, as she experiences and reflects on the consequences of systemic racism as it disrupts her two worlds.

Oct 05, 2017

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Sep 17, 2017

Not my type of story. Read only one chapter.

peterpanbookclub Sep 09, 2017

Starr is caught between two worlds, and in the middle of a social war. A fascinating, wrenching look at a 16 year old trying to balance the influences around her and her own conscience.

Aug 24, 2017

This is such a stunning book, unique and timely. It shows the world through the eyes of a young African American girl. This book tells of the bias and racism here in North America in an exciting plot. Honest and riveting, the debut of Angie Thomas about an ordinary girl with an extraordinary story to tell will not disappoint!

Aug 22, 2017

An extremely important and timely book. I'll recommend for the subject matter and the positive portrayal of a black community alone. I'm very excited for this book to reach such a large audience, especially with a future movie adaption in the works.

My missing stars are just a matter of my personal taste in writing styles, but I do recommend this book overall for its cultural value.

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.

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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

wombatcombat 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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