The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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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
0062498533
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give

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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 curriculum because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book; 2018 Printz Honor Book; 2018 William C. Morris Award winner

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.


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IndyPL_ShelbyP Nov 20, 2018

This book hits home with how real it feels. It is very eye opening and moving to read a story that addresses something that is relevant in our society today in a first person perspective, even if it is a fictional one. While there were times I wanted to cry because of the sadness I felt for Starr and everything she has to go through in this book, Thomas also put a strong focus on family and community in her book and it was delightful to read.

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leslie_d_
Nov 20, 2018

an absolute must.

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rhssally
Nov 19, 2018

amazing

What is there to say about this book that hasn't already been written. It's fiction, but it could be the true story behind any of the high profile police shootings in the past several years. Because it hits so close to home for so many, it can be difficult to get through. But, Thomas writes her characters in such a way that you feel their joy as much as you feel their pain, you feel the warm embrace of the community, of Starr's parents, her loved ones, just as deeply as you feel her grief.

KatieD_KCMO Nov 14, 2018

What is there to say about this book that hasn't already been written. It's fiction, but it could be the true story behind any of the high profile police shootings in the past several years. Because it hits so close to home for so many, it can be difficult to get through. But, Thomas writes her characters in such a way that you feel their joy as much as you feel their pain, you feel the warm embrace of the community, of Starr's parents, her loved ones, just as deeply as you feel her grief.

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navy_wolf_412
Nov 10, 2018

Absolutely amazing.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 06, 2018

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a book that is a everlasting read! This book introduces people to both sides of a deep topic that many seem to overlook or dismiss. This book opens us up to a girl named Starr who has trouble with her true self when she has to have different personalities of herself while with two different groups of important people in her life, and it all turns even more difficult in her life when something tragic happens which makes everything spin out of control. This book talks about society's truth on how black people are treated and viewed and everyone else as whole. I highly recommend this book, as it brings us through the emotions of being racially profiled and you learn about a different point of view of someone other than yourself. This book is beautifully narrated in a black female's perspective, and as though it is in her point of view, she speaks the truth of our reality and exposes what others fail to see that is really happening. I strongly recommended this book to anyone who is in love or can relate with a strong character like Starr or who just want to read this beautiful book by the wonderful Angie Thomas! Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
@PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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mrbobiscool
Nov 04, 2018

Important coming of age perspective about police shootings and African American identity. I wish I read this book in high school.

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thatstoot
Nov 02, 2018

Starr move between 2 worlds and she fatal shooting of Starr best friend Khalil, Khalil was a drug dealer. Starr neighborhood became a war zone. How I felt about the book was good because I like how it explains the shooting and how Starr wanted to get justice for her best friend Khalil and how she was feeling. No, I haven't read other books by this author and no I haven't read anything about witnessing a shooting that happened in front of you. I liked this booked more than the rest because I like how it explains everything like it caught my eye first 3 pages. I would recommend this book for students age 15 and up because it has bad words in it like cussing & etc but, parents, teachers & etc can also read it because it is a good book to read and you will really enjoy it because it caught my eye on the first pages.

VaughanPLTiziana Nov 01, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. It's powerful, inspiring, and instills the message that everyone has a voice and the power to make a difference. I also really enjoyed the way this book was written. Quick and easy read. I definitely recommend it!

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Oct 23, 2018

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donutwombat
Aug 27, 2017

Violence: Witness of murder

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CYU_BJ
Aug 01, 2017

Violence: police shooting, vivid description of a friend's death

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CYU_BJ
Aug 01, 2017

Coarse Language: extreme profanity, but not to the extent that teenagers can't handle

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shayshortt
Apr 18, 2017

Violence: Police brutality, domestic violence

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shayshortt
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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shayshortt
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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