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: YA FIC Thomas, A 2017
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Mar 17, 2019

Just a couple of Words; Interesting, Amazing, Awesome!!
I recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a book that Holds your attention

Mar 14, 2019

Relevant by topic, but writing is very simplistic.

Mar 09, 2019

I love how Angie Thomas doesn't put stereotypes on the different races. There are stereotypes but there are always exceptions.

Mar 07, 2019

Thomas relates a wonderfully believable voice for her narrator, but overall the plotline and the writing disappoint. It’s a story out of the headlines, but it reads like a treatment for a movie. The narrator’s horrifying situation is handled with some fairytale developments which unfortunately detract from Thomas’ achievement. It doesn’t help that of the two primary white characters, one is a perfect boyfriend who never makes a bad move and the other a friend who turns out to be a racist in denial.

Mar 04, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was a good read I recommend it for teens and adults.

Feb 22, 2019

I started listening to the audio book, the librarian told me this is a great book; but the language caused a barren that I could not overcome. Granted the author wanted to use the words of the character, but the sordid language hindered me.

Feb 12, 2019

This is an excellent book. It portrays the feelings and experiences of an African American girl living in a city. Although some bad words are used, I feel that the plot line, themes, and messages that are taken from this book cancel out the words. I am about halfway through right now, and I know the book will keep getting better. This book gives you strong feelings that sort of "turn on your morals," and is an exhilarating feeling. I highly recommend this book.
5 stars!!

Feb 05, 2019

Love this book, so enamored with the main character.

Feb 03, 2019

This is such a powerful, heartbreaking story. We all have seen news stories about unarmed black men gunned down by police. We have seen the way the level of hate in this world has escalated. This story brings the reader into the lives of those directly affected when a young, innocent black man is shot and killed by a white police officer. You feel the fear, frustration, anger and sadness of those involved. One thing the author wrote that sticks with me is you don't have to be black to care, you just have to care. And we all should care. I listened to this book and it was very powerful as an audiobook.

Jan 27, 2019

I don't really know what I can add to the conversation around this book, but I've promised myself I will write reviews for every book I read for the MCPL 2019 Readers Advisory for Youth Challenge, so here are some random thoughts I had about this:

- I have been meaning to read this book since it came out. The thing that finally pushed me into reading it was its inclusion on a list of books that a Vox article described as "hopepunk". I wasn't sure I could handle reading about such depressing topics.
- Being able to choose when I want to engage with this topic is a privilege.
- This story feels pretty real, if a little...carefully arranged. There is just the right blend of details to represent many different perspectives and opinions. However, the just-right nature sometimes flattens the story back out and makes it seem more contrived. Still, I think including all those different thoughts are important so as many readers as possible can find themselves on the pages and connect with the overall story.
- This book is probably most impactful with non-black readers who are willing to engage with their own privilege and prejudices. This book is slightly less effective for readers who have already thought extensively about police violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, and other social justice issues touched on in the story.
- It's still worth reading.
- And I did cry.

This book is an Important Book, even if it isn't a perfect book.

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Mar 09, 2019

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Feb 12, 2019

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Jan 17, 2019

blue_zebra_2740 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jan 07, 2019

JennyM_1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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gemma16 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13

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PrakashKarn thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Aug 27, 2018

fionacaitlin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 25

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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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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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