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
Branch Call Number: YA THOMAS
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Teen Fiction. "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school. This story is necessary. This story is important.&qu... Read More »

Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

Best Young Adult Mystery finalist.

Young adult fiction.

Caught between her poor neighborhood
and her fancy prep school, sixteen-year-old
Starr Carter becomes the focus of
intimidation and more after witnessing the
fatal shooting of her childhood best friend,
Khalil, by a police officer.

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Sep 24, 2018

I love this book. I can hear my honey’s voice when the black characters speak. There is authentic humour alongside genuine grief and distress and rage. There is room to analyze more subtle forms of racism alongside the big story of a white police officer murdering a teenager. I have been recommending this book to all the English teachers in the school where I work in the hopes that they will get it onto the curriculum.

JCLHeatherM Sep 11, 2018

Starr Carter balances between two different worlds that collide when a run in with the police turns deadly. Conflicted over whether to speak out, Starr discovers a new meaning for bravery.

Sep 11, 2018

Starr Carter balances between two different worlds that collide when a run in with the police turns deadly. Conflicted over whether to speak out, Starr discovers a new meaning for bravery.

Sep 10, 2018

Do not dismiss YA books. Ever. Do not dismiss reading them because you are an adult. Do not dismiss the values they hold because they are geared at a younger audience. Do not dismiss that these are not authentic, real writers sharing authentic, real experiences and writing authentic, real characters. Those characters, old and young, have something to say. These writers have something to say. Listen. And listen to your children, to our future generations, when they question the status quo and the state of the world.

This book is one such, wherein the main hero is 16-year-old Starr, a young Black woman living in "the ghetto," who also attends a private school 45-minutes away where she is the token Black girl. Examinations of racism, police violence, discrimination within communities, and the strange dichotomy young Starr wrestles with in portraying two different versions of herself in her two very different communities.

A very timely and poignant novel, and a debut at that. I am anxious to see what this writer produces next. "The Hate U Give" is being made into a movie, so quick, read the book first before you watch the movie. And bring with you tissues for both.

Sep 05, 2018

Starr Carter witnesses the death of her friend Khalil by a policeman. This is the second time she has witnessed one of her friends being murdered. For years, she has straddled the world of her neighborhood in Garden Heights where gangs and violence rules and Williamson Prep High School, a nearly all white high school. She felt like two different people. One was authentic and the other a facade. This event becomes a turning point in her life where she finally finds the voice of her true self.

This story provides insight into the community that has experienced injustice at the hands of the police. It brings to the surface their raw emotions , their humanness, and their struggle to survive. Starr's internal struggle will resonate with many readers who have experienced living bi-culturally in the U.S. This was a powerful and unforgettable story. A must read for people who are trying to find the courage to speak out against injustice.

Aug 19, 2018

Very rarely do books move me to tears but the first couple of chapters were brutal. This book is, unfortunately, a very good reflection of life today, and historically, for Black and brown people in this country. I think this should be required high school level reading for English.

JaneCowell Aug 15, 2018

This book is the 2018 Amnesty CILIP Honour winner in the Carnegie awards category for the UK and I found out about this book when her acceptance speech was tweeted about in my networks. If you have not seen it, it is well worth viewing here
Angie Thomas was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and her book gives an honest, confronting representation of the casual racist discrimination and everyday violence faced by black people in America. Starr Carter is a young black teenager attending a ‘good’ school in a white neighbourhood while her family lives in a rundown, black neighbourhood. Her father owns the local store and her mother is a qualified nurse. Starr witnesses a friend gunned down by a white police officer and this is the story of the courage it takes to stand up - against injustice, against gang influence and to stand up and give voice to what is right when the mainstream media run an alternative story. It is also a story of accepting yourself, your emotions and taking joy in family when you can. It is confronting and has me questioning how we can all be more tolerant, what is racism and how can we all stand up and be counted when this racism is embedded in process and values. It is about to be made into a movie and the trailer can be seen here

OPL_AmyW Aug 03, 2018

After Starr's childhood friend, Khalil, is shot and killed in front of her by a white police officer, Starr must decide what lengths she will go to to stand up for her friend, her neighborhood, and herself in this gripping and emotional novel about love, prejudice, and the feeling of growing up within a world divided.

Aug 02, 2018

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary fiction that focuses on tough and timely issues, and features diversity in characters.

This book follows Starr who leads two lives: one in her black neighborhood with friends and family, and another at her private high school where she is one of the only non-white students in attendance. When Starr leaves a party with her friend Khalil and they are pulled over, Khalil is shot by a police officer. Starr must deal with her double identity, current issues, guilt and blame, and normal teen issues as the story and the investigation into Kahlil's murder continue.

I had heard so many good things about this book, and FINALLY on the 3rd time checking it out, I was able to get it read. I love that this is an own voices book, and a stunning debut novel for Angie Thomas. I appreciate seeing more diversity in authors, characters, and plots -- especially in YA books. I loved how seamlessly Thomas writes from each of Starr's "worlds," how she gives so much depth to her character. My biggest complaint was just that the chapters were SO long. It's not a secret that I like shorter chapters more, and I find them more motivating to keep reading, but some of these were 30+ pages in length. Other than that though, I thought that this book was fantastically and vividly written, and tenderly deals with such a timely and devastating topic from multiple vantage points.

ArapahoeJulieD Aug 01, 2018

A highly relevant and compelling read. I can't recommend it enough.

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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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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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