This book is about a young man named Khalil, who is shot by a police officer at a traffic stop. This book is about Starr, Khalil's best friend, who happens to be in the car with him when he is killed. This book is about violence and racism and grief. But this book is also about a community coming together, supporting one another through tragedy. This book is also about the intense love and sacrifice of a close family that is always there for each other. This book is more than just a news story - it's an exploration of one girl's life and how she learns how to live after someone she cares about dies. There are moments of joyfulness. There are moments that made me laugh out loud. This book is so... REAL. Angie Thomas writes with so much compassion that this novel is somehow beautiful, even though it tackles such intense and important subjects. She is an author to be reckoned with and this is a book that should be read by everyone.
I'm struggling with this review as I can't say I understand what the characters went through, but I can definitely say that the book is meaningful and well written. The characters are fantastic and very realistic. I especially loved the relationship between Starr and her parents. A definite must read.
It was a very good book. It was an easy book to relate to it. It was also horrible to realize hoe some people are a different races are treated.
This book deserves all the hype it has received. It provides a nuanced view of the complex lives led by teenagers navigating competing pressures in their world. Told from the perspective of an African-American girl straddling the inner city world, navigating a complicated blended family and attending school in a white private school where she doesn't want to be seen as 'too ghetto' or 'that angry Black girl', it presented the challenges she faces every day.
Based loosely on the events which have occurred in the author's life.
A young black man is shot dead by a white policeman. This sets of a train of events, especially as there was an eye-witness. Starr,a 17 year old black girl, who was with Khalil on the night and testifies Khalil was killed unarmed and in cold blood.
Starr testifies in front of the Grand Jury at great risk to herself and her family. It is not only the rogue police to be wary of, there is also the black Drug Lords who preside over the very poor communities.
Racism, violence, drugs, poverty, cover-ups all form part of this story. A must read.
Such a great book for teens and adults. A real look into so many social injustices and stereotypes that our society is faced with.
This book is raw and real. I am impressed with the reality the author portrays as I was able to apply knowledge from my study in poverty to the book. Easy read, captivating.
Honest, heartfelt, and relevant, this book should be on everyone's must-read list.
I really enjoyed this book. I also think that it's a really important book as it tells a story that is increasingly common in our world, and it personalizes it. While Starr and Khalil are, of course, fictional characters, I found that reading their story brought this issue closer to home that reading news stories - simply because the characters in a well written book become like friends.
I felt that this book did an excellent job of exploring some very complex issues of race, poverty and identity. Furthermore, it was actually a very enjoyable read. It took me a few pages to get used to a different style of speaking than I'm used to, but that vernacular really helped Starr feel real. I'm not a huge fan of first person writing but, in this case, it worked extremely well.
I hadn't read anything quite like this book before, so it interested me. Also, considering the great reviews it was getting, and the popularity, I decided to give it a try. 'The Hate U Give' was a bit tricky for me to get into, mostly because of the fact that I had a hard time relating to many of the characters. Also, the book is written with language and slang that I am not familiar with. I kept reading though, and am so glad I did. Once I was more familiar with the book, probably about a third of the way through, I started to find it hard to put down. I really understood Starr and the other characters. The lasts two thirds of the book were amazing and I am so glad I kept reading. I learnt so much from 'The Hate u Give'. This book really sheds light on topics that need to be talked about. This book leaves you thinking. Definitely a bit hard to get into, but don't stop reading otherwise you'll regret it. Pick up this book to walk in the shoes of characters that will take you many places. You'll see many things and feel many emotions. A must read.
yes, i loved it. i've been picking a favorite fiction (and non-fiction book) each year. feel sure this will be my favorite in the fiction (but very real-to-life) category in 2018. I read it in 2.5 days, didn't want to put it down and its neat to see 11 people are waiting for it as i get ready to bring it back to the library.
also, i'm surprised that its from the "teen" section. it was recommended to me by a friend in California who is about my age (70s). i'm glad i didn't notice the "teen" part, otherwise i might not have read it. its for everyone!!
I read this for the "A New York Times Bestseller For More Than 10 Weeks" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It was fantastic and insightful and real, it didn't read as too childish or too adult, it found it's voice perfectly. And it's a voice everyone needs to hear.
Through this book I was able to put on a different pair of shoes - ones that fit a young girl in a poor, crime-ridden, urban neighborhood with a father who had fought his way out of the gang life and drugs, and a mother who was trying to keep her children safe. I understand now the horror of losing your childhood friends to violence. This is now a favorite book of mine from a gifted storyteller.
Strongly centered on one issue, but so much more than a story about the single issue. Through Starr we all can explore questions of doing the right thing, speaking out against injustice, knowing how best to make a change in our community, and above all the impossibility of trying to live two distinct identities.
This is such a moving and timely book. There are many parts that are heartbreaking to read. Starr is with her friend Khalil when he is killed by a cop. She doesn’t want everyone to know that she is the unidentified witness the news keeps mentioning. She wants justice for Khalil, but is unsure of who she can trust. Starr’s world is fleshed out with vivid descriptions of her family, friends, and surroundings. The book shows how complex and multi-dimensional issues surrounding race and class are. Starr feels like she is stuck between two worlds. She loves her neighborhood because of the people and sense of community, while also worrying that drugs and gangs are destroying many things she holds dear. She likes her fancy private school 45 minutes from her home, but also feels like nobody there can possibly understand her life. She wants justice for Khalil and every other victim of police brutality, but she also worries about what protests and riots could do to her uncle who is a cop. While reading this book I felt like Starr is the kind of kid who could change the world, and the best part of the book is seeing her recognize her own power.
Fabulous and heart-wrenching.
Starr's story is beautiful and heartbreaking. Her voice and experiences are so important for EVERYONE to read (whether you're seeing yourself represented or reading a perspective different from your own). But this isn't a one-note "issue" book. It is also engaging and heartwarming, and includes a fully fleshed out family you get to know and fall in love with.
I had seen that some of my friends had read this book recently so scooped it up once it was available at the library. It is rather thick, so I was worried it would take me a while to get through, but I legit couldn't put it down. It was so good! The story is honest, tragic and necessary. I appreciate that it is written for a younger audience, because it seems that the young folks are those who are willing to stand up and make a difference! Not only do I hope everyone reads this book, I hope it has a lasting impact and we DO SOMETHING! It's not enough to get mad, post on social media and then move on with life... WE MUST MAKE A CHANGE! Thank you to the author who had the courage to write this book, for the people who are willing to enter into a dialogue and attempt to fix the system that has been broken for way too long, and for everyone who gets involved, joins a movement and demands better. I would give it a 10 out of 10.
A powerful, moving story. Beautifully written. This book makes you uncomfortable, in all the ways we need to be uncomfortable. It sticks in your brain and doesn't let go. This is one where I say everyone needs to read this book.
Starr Carter is a witness of a fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unharmed and when people find out about this, riots and protests are taking the streets. I absolutely loved this book. It looks at how minorities are treated so much more differently and how police officers will shoot any coloured person, even if they haven’t offended them. This book looks at the real problems going on in society today such as poverty, gangs, shootings, etc. and what it means to be human. It’s very captivating, beautifully written, and tells a clear message of what our society has become against other races. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
There is no doubt that this is one of the most heart-touching novels I have read in a while. I'm not shocked that this book had such high ratings online and was basically the book of 2017. It saddens me to even imagine the experiences of the people in the book. As a member of another minority, I don't find racism tolerable in any way, shape, or form. It is sickening to know that people (especially in the States) actually relate directly to the horrors shown in this story. The battle to equality is difficult, but hopefully this book helps speed up the process.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
My first reaction to the book; wait, why is this so acclaimed? My final reaction: I need this book in multiple copies. The Hate U Give is such an important book. I can’t stress this enough; it’s a must read for teens. There were so many aspects that this book had from the Black Lives Matter movement to just Starr with her slightly dysfunctional but loveable family. Starr Carter is primarily known in Garden Heights as “Big Mav’s daughter who works at the store”, even though it’s her hometown. The truth is, that’s where she’s always seen because she goes to a school an hour away, as her parents attempt to shape a better future for her. But the truth is, Garden Heights Starr and William Prep Starr are two different people, and she couldn’t imagine it ever being different. But on one day, alongside her brother’s sister (the family tree will have you in for a ride!) Starr goes to a Garden Heights party and sees one of her childhood best friends, Khalil. As an attempt to leave the party due to a shooting, they get pulled over by the police and Khalil is shot dead… for no reason, other than the fact that he was black. I get that this can be controversial, but the truth is that this society is a reality for us. You have to overlook a few things but at the same time have to understand the setting of the book. There are so many powerful messages that are so important for YA communities. My review won’t do it justice; you have to read this book. Multiple times. “A hairbrush is not a gun.” Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
An important story, but not very well written, I'm afraid. I did love the close family and how it was portrayed.
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.
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.