The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter 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. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062498533
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Starr is torn between two cultures--her wealthy private school and her neighborhood in Atlanta. After her friend is shot by the police, Starr deals with pressure from many sides to withhold her truth. Voice.

Starr Carter was the sole witness to the murder of her unarmed friend by a police officer. Now her neighborhood is on the verge of exploding and Starr is not sure she should tell what she saw. She certainly never planned to be the center of attention.

Starr Carter wasn't even SUPPOSED to be at the party where gunshots rang out. Now her friend Khalil lies dead from a cop's bullet even though he was unarmed and her neighborhood is thrown into chaos. As the only witness, she should say something...shouldn't she?

Another social justice stand out. Starr lives in two worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the suburban prep school she attends. Her life changes when she is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and is challenged to spe... Read More »

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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.

Aug 03, 2019

Read this as part of our neighborhood Book Club last month.
It's an "easy read" but hard to read much at one time. I found myself putting off picking it up, i suppose because the subject matter is heavy, but also because I needed time to digest what I'd already read before continuing.
Certainly it could have been much more graphic, or detailed. But it was a good read for me as this is outside of my life experiences.

Jul 17, 2019

I think the hate you give is a very powerful Story, but it talks about somethings that I think are okay for people age 11 and up. In a total great story, you should presumably, read it!

Jul 14, 2019

I found "The Hate You GIve" to be a timely topic but poorly written. There was so much insight into the trauma that was excluded or ignored. It was unbelievable to me that the main character and her family just ignored most of the trauma. It read like a news report and was extremely predictable. This is a missed opportunity. and seems obvious and over edited.

Jul 13, 2019


Jul 10, 2019

I absolutely loooooved this book soooo much, I've reread it twice.

Jul 07, 2019

There are well-written, enjoyable, moving, literary, immersive, and challenging books and there are "Important Books" with a timely and vital message/viewpoint. Sometimes a minor miracle happens and someone like Angie Thomas gives us something that's both.
Considering the critical and social/political acclaim that this novel has received, I expected to be blown away from the start. But the beginning - even with the explosive murder of a unarmed black youth by police - was muddled. It took awhile for Thomas to find her footing, but find it she did and the book takes off and becomes extraordinary. While the story is told from the POV of Starr, the 16 year old witness to the murder, Thomas gives us a large and varied supporting cast. And she has the skill to give crisp, delineated, and specific voice to all of them - an incredible achievement. It's also a virtuoso performance in emotive writing; I cried (like big wet ones down my cheeks), I became enraged, I squirmed in discomfort, and I laughed. A lot of laughing, actually, because Thomas didn't forget to keep her story and characters real.
So, whether you're looking for a book that will thoroughly engage you with terrific writing and characterizations, or looking for something that will inspire you to go change some of the horrific wrongs of our world, The Hate U Give will deliver.

Jul 04, 2019

Luv'd this book! An "important" read providing an authentic telling of growing up black in White America. It's an amazing first novel. I hope this author finds other subjects that she knows as well that she can write about! (I happened to see the movie on HBO right after reading the book. It remains pretty true to the book - while obviously taking a few shortcuts to condense the story to movie length.)

Jun 17, 2019

This was a great book. It did a food job of portraying an issue from a different pov.

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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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