The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

eBook - 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.
ISBN: 9780062498557
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (444 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Starr's childhood best friend is shot by a white police officer. He's black. A hairbrush is not a gun. This goes way beyond high school despite being a young adult fiction book.

YA / Realistic & Contemporary

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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.

JenniferG_OshLib May 23, 2018

I'm struggling with this review as I can't say I understand what the characters went through, but I can definitely say that the book is meaningful and well written. The characters are fantastic and very realistic. I especially loved the relationship between Starr and her parents. A definite must read.

May 11, 2018

It was a very good book. It was an easy book to relate to it. It was also horrible to realize hoe some people are a different races are treated.

May 11, 2018

this was an awesome book. i would definitely read it again.

May 07, 2018

This book deserves all the hype it has received. It provides a nuanced view of the complex lives led by teenagers navigating competing pressures in their world. Told from the perspective of an African-American girl straddling the inner city world, navigating a complicated blended family and attending school in a white private school where she doesn't want to be seen as 'too ghetto' or 'that angry Black girl', it presented the challenges she faces every day.

May 04, 2018

Based loosely on the events which have occurred in the author's life.

A young black man is shot dead by a white policeman. This sets of a train of events, especially as there was an eye-witness. Starr,a 17 year old black girl, who was with Khalil on the night and testifies Khalil was killed unarmed and in cold blood.

Starr testifies in front of the Grand Jury at great risk to herself and her family. It is not only the rogue police to be wary of, there is also the black Drug Lords who preside over the very poor communities.

Racism, violence, drugs, poverty, cover-ups all form part of this story. A must read.

Apr 12, 2018

Such a great book for teens and adults. A real look into so many social injustices and stereotypes that our society is faced with.

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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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