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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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.

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.

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Jul 16, 2018

Stunning début novel. If you want out of your head and a chance to be in someone else's, this book will do it. I swallowed it whole in a straight-through read, but am still digesting it. Canadians should read this--both for insight into US culture, but in the way it resonates in Canada with the way we've treated our First Nations.

Jul 14, 2018

When I started this book, I wasn’t yet aware that it’s soon going to be a movie. I’m glad I read the book before that, not because I don’t expect the movie to be good but because this is such an amazingly well-written work that it feels only right to have read it first. I am going to tell you up front this is a hard read, especially if you’re white. But it is absolutely essential, heartbreaking, and if it doesn’t stir you to act I don’t want to know you.

Starr is a high schooler going to a private school well outside of her neighborhood. She has always lived in that area, and her father was once a gang member of some notoriety. He has decided to get out, though, and he wants to be sure the same life doesn’t ensnare his children. That’s all well and good, except that it has essentially divided his daughter’s life into white neighborhood life and black hood life, and as the story starts this is already causing her trouble.

When a party she’s attending starts to go bad, Starr gets a ride with her childhood buddy Khalil. They are pulled over by a police officer and Khalil is murdered right in front of her. Her home neighborhood is overwhelmed by unsurprising anger; the white kids at her school talk about protesting. But when she finds out they just want to get out of school she is enraged in her turn. To complicate matters, Starr has been hiding her white boyfriend from her Dad, and the fact that she is the young woman who was with Khalil from her school.

The Hate U Give has so much to teach about listening to marginalized people. It’s obviously modelled in some ways on what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, but its message encompasses far more than that. It raises a lot of questions that white people, including me, need to answer for ourselves about our motivations and the way we co-opt marginalized peoples’ struggles to make ourselves feel better about how we treat them. Are we in fact serving them by drowning out their voices with ours? This book comes down clearly on the side of “No,” and it marshals strong arguments in its favor.

Not limiting herself to portraying police brutality or challenging white people, Thomas meditates on friendship, on family (and Starr’s is a complex example), on gangs and the purpose they serve, and much more. I know that I missed out on volumes of subtext, since I’m white and middle-aged. That’s OK. I am not the intended audience for this book. I hope they love it as much as I did.

If the movie is half as good as this book it will be a worthwhile view. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone willing to challenge their prejudices. Five of five stars.

ArapahoeRead Jul 11, 2018

Fantastic YA novel that adults will enjoy too. The Hate U Give touches on many issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and race in the US. I thought the author did a good job of depicting different perspectives and weaving them together into a compelling narrative. A relevant read that I would recommend to teens and adults alike!

Jul 11, 2018

I've heard a lot about this book for a while now, and I can finally understand why. It was very well written, powerful and important. I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Jul 06, 2018

Characters were realistic and relatable, regardless of the reader's background. References to pop culture were on point. Sometimes I feel as if the author utilizes these references too often, overwhelming the reader, but Angie Thomas weaves them in smoothly. Story leaves readers satisfied, touched, and educated.

Jun 30, 2018

The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl, Starr Carter. She moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. This book was so fascinating as it has a very surprising twist and we get to see how Starr, the main character deals with it. I started reading this book and in less than 3 days I was finished. I enjoyed it very much. I totally recommend this book to teenagers aged 14-19. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLAbbeyL Jun 06, 2018

My all time recommend for 2018: EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. Starr seeing her best friend killed by a cop brings up a lot. She struggles to decide what to do, but there is a part of her that is scared and worried about what standing up will mean for the rest of the people in her life - her white school friends, her parents, her black neighborhood, her cop uncle, her ex-gangster dad. Essential reading in our culture of gun violence and racism.

Jun 05, 2018

The best book of the summer! So relevant!

Jun 01, 2018

I found this book really realistic. It almost felt like a true story considering the current news over the past few years. Great read. Realistic characters.

LPL_KimberlyL May 24, 2018

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.

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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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