The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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: TEEN THOMAS
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Starr's oldest friend is unjustly killed in front of her and nothing will ever be the same again.

SnoIsleLib_DanielleDB Jun 15, 2017

There's a lot of buzz around this, but don't let it sway you from reading about Starr. While the pop-cultural references could quickly date this, the subject matter and storytelling will keep this book relevant for a long time. Starr is funny, insightful, and complex.

When Starr witnesses the death of a childhood friend at the hands of a police officer she discovers that doing the right thing is not the same as doing the easy thing.

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Dec 13, 2017

The beginning was very very interesting. It was a great hook. The first 100 pages I was wanting to read more but it started to get very dull. I couldn't read the whole book it was just too dreading.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

I thought, "There's no way this book can be as amazing as everyone makes it out to be, right?" Oh, I'm so glad to be wrong. This book is crucial. It kept me up at night. It's such a necessary book, and it explains so much...without shouting at me. It tells me a story, in clear, concise ways, while still expressing important questions and answers and fears. I don't understand it all, because how could I, considering who I am, but I *get* it a whole lot more now. Please read this.

Miranda_Ericsson Dec 03, 2017

A powerful, important book. I had no idea that Tupac ascribed an acronym to THUG LIFE: The Hate You Give Little Infants F*s Everyone. In a video interview, Tupac states that Thug Life is about someone rising and thriving despite everything life has thrown at them, sometimes in the only way they know how--and it's a reminder that when children suffer from a cycle of institutionalized racism and poverty and are often pressed into crime before they even come of age, everyone in our society suffers the results.
In The Hate U Give, Starr Carter straddles two worlds. She and her family live in the ghetto, where crime and violence are a part of everyday life. Her parents pay to send her to an exclusive, mostly white school nearly an hour away, to give her an edge, and an education that she can't get from her neighborhood school.
When an unarmed childhood friend is shot by police after a traffic stop, Starr is the only witness--the only voice that her dead friend has in a world that seems determined to shame his reputation and his name. Starr feels split between her two roles and two sets of friends, and ultimately she'll have to choose whether to stay silent or speak out.
Throughout this book Starr is reminded by adult role models that it is not our place to judge the actions and mistakes of others. Compassion and kindness are core messages, delivered to readers through dialogue and story in a way that is never heavy handed. Despite the serious topic, there is a lot of humor and warmth in this story, and the ending is hopeful.
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Nov 28, 2017

Love, Love, Love this book. There really isn't much I could say, but I highly recommend that this be read by all. This is the most powerful story that I have read in many years. I enjoyed it so much that I read the book in one day. Love, Love, Love it!!!

Nov 17, 2017

Overall I think Thomas did a wonderful job of not only making me see things through Starr's eyes, but really understand how they all felt about this tragedy.. A young man's life was taken too soon and it shouldn't have been. This is something that has been happening time and time again and honestly every time, I've felt sick to my stomach. Because of how the media tries to spin things and make the victim look as if they deserved it. It's not right, but sadly I don't see it changing quickly.

AL_KATI Oct 30, 2017

This book is exactly what people need to read right now when we talk about race. It's incredibly relevant and well-written. One of the best teen novels of 2017 without a question.

Oct 28, 2017

WOW! This book was amazing. It is beautifully written and the characters are so well developed. I felt like I knew these people. I loved Starr's family and how they care for her and advise her. They know how difficult the situation is, but her parents let her make the choices she feels are best for her.

This book tackles a tough topic, and it doesn't flinch. It challenges the reader to look at current events. In many ways, this story is ripped from the headlines, but this time, through Starr we are witnesses to the events. Powerful, insightful, and well written.

Oct 20, 2017

One of the best books you'll read this year. Do not be surprised if you reread it. The Hate U GIve (Little Infants F**ks Everybody) is so real.

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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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

blue_crab_407 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 01, 2017

CYU_BJ thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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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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