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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Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references

After a childhood friend is shot by police during a traffic stop, Starr Carter must decide what she is willing to risk in order to speak out.

2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; 2018 William C. Morris Award for Best Debut Book for Teens; 2018 Coretta Scott King Award for Best Novel; 2018 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Award in the Young Adult Jury section; 2018 CILIP Amnesty Award for "best-displaying and celebrating our human righ... 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.

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Nov 27, 2019

Extremely well done, believable and illuminating story about black experience in the US in today's time. The character development is superb and the writing is very well done. Highly recommend this to teens and to adults. I especially liked the author's note at the end explaining the importance of the names she chose for her characters.

Gina_Vee Nov 03, 2019

The truth is I'd been avoiding reading The Hate U Give because I'd heard it's a great book but I felt like the subject matter would hit too close to home for me. I was right, but it wasn't as hard to read as it was to watch the movie. The book captures Du Bois's double consciousness concept in a modern day setting that feels all too real. I loved reading through it (especially since, yes, I was that rebel that watched the movie first).

Oct 23, 2019

It was a great book for book club. We were able to have lots of conversation about it.

Oct 19, 2019

Read for Feb 20 Tri Delta

Nourann703 Oct 15, 2019

The Hate U Give is a powerful book that tackles racial problems evident in modern American society. The book focuses directly on police brutality, and presents the topic in a new perspective. By giving readers insight into how the lives of those who knew the victim have changed, author Angie Thomas allows people who may feel distant from the issue feel directly tied to it.

Oct 13, 2019

After witnessing her friend Khalil die while being pulled over by a white cop, Starr Carter learns how to use her voice to speak out against the injustice towards his death and to break racial barriers between her and her friends.

4.5/5 : This is undeniably a great book. There was never a dull moment; it was either action packed with scenes that parallel our world today or filled with immersive commentary about Starr's life as a African-American. Thomas' writing is really enjoyable to read as well. She's very good at developing characters and creating tension. I would encourage anyone who's interested to read this book; it taught me a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement and helped me understand why we need this movement.

What I Take Away: This was just a really great book. I love Thomas' pacing with the novel. I was also able to learn about things I never really thought about; gang life, code-switching, racial bias, micro-racism, etc. I think the moral of this story is that we're all human. We can't assume who someone is based off a few facts. We all have a human side to us. This message is vital for the BLM movement as well. Black lives matter too, not more.

Oct 10, 2019

I'm in the minority on this one. I just don't do YA but figured I could toughen it out for the sake of community. Lots of eye rolls. And reminders of the reasons why I don't do YA. Glad for the author and all the shine she got behind this, the movie and her follow book to this.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

This book is a vision. It's troubling and honest and hard and funny and tender and problematic and complicated and perfect. I say thank you to Angie Thomas for writing and creating and persevering to bless us with this vision.

Aug 15, 2019

Police violence is framed for a YA audience in this compelling drama of grief and injustice redeemed by a youthful commitment to writing wrongs through community organizing.

Aug 08, 2019

Terribly stereotypical and the dialogue that was too cutesy especially with the mom. Hard to believe story lines about how dangerous yet not dangerous Garden Heights is... her father should have been shot several times over for messing with the various gangs. A lot of the dialogue was hard to follow often because of the heavy slang.
The message is important but the execution is horrible.

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Mar 09, 2019

Sexual Content: Nothing actually happens but it's implied.

Mar 09, 2019

Violence: Shootings, police brutality

Mar 09, 2019

Coarse Language: Lots of curse words.

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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Feb 08, 2019

Starr, the young lady, had a somewhat difficult life. In school she was one person but at home and in her neighborhood she was another. One weekend she went out with her friend. Then she saw an old friend,Khalil, and they just danced. Khalil and Starr then left the party and Khalil was driving Starr home. They got pulled over and the officer had Khalil come out the car while Starr had her hands on the dashboard because her father had taught her what to do in case of these things since she is black. Khalil was joking around and reached into the car and the officer got scared and shot him. That's where it started, Starr was very upset and scared. She was scared to talk about what happened since Khalil was in a gang and the gang would come after her even if the main one was her uncle. A lot happened after that but Starr got the courage and finally stood for what was right.

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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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Mar 24, 2019

pg 17 But even if I grew up in it, I wouldn't understand fighting over streets nobody owns.

pg 65 Khalil matters to us, not the stuff he did

pg 165 Her words (Mom) used to have power. If she said it was fine, it was fine. But after you've held two people as they took their last breaths, words like that don't mean shit anymore.

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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