The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Book - 2017
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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
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


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Oct 15, 2018

I am more concerned about what I read in the comments about the book than in the books content itself. This book is a supposed narrative written from one persons perspective a perspective obviously tainted by the persons own biases. This is why the police officer is not described as a "police officer" but instead as a "WHITE police officer". That is what it is, any book written from a first person standpoint will obviously be written from that characters ingrained biases and cultural handicaps. However, what goads me is how the comments say this is such a poignant view on what is happening in our nation today, blah blah blah. Let's talk about what is really happening in our nation today. Read the article "The Race War of Blacks Against Whites" published in the Sydney Morning Herald Saturday May 20th 1995 by Paul Sheenan. This is not propaganda, it is a piece published in a major newspaper, albeit not an American censored and approved rag, that reports nothing but facts. Why are these facts not known? Because they are not wished to be known by the powers that be. The truth of the matter is this, if we want racism to end, if we want the world to be color blind, then that is what we must strive for. Not the PC ignore and deny line we've been fed. I for one do not want any white officers killing (truly) innocent black men due to their skin color. Absolutely not. However, I do not want to be victimized by black, or any other color, men due to MY skin color and be told that it is irrelevant. These are my thoughts. I am sure such comments will have me labeled a HATER, A (GULP) RACIST, etc. So be it. I am neither. I believe each man should be judged by his own actions. And each group of men should be judged by their own actions. I mean, if I am constantly getting assaulted by men wearing purple hats, wouldn't it make sense to be on guard when i see a guy with a purple hat coming?

Oct 06, 2018

"I really really really loved this book. The hype surrounding it very much earned and I see why it’s such a powerful and relevant book for people. It’s important for stories like this to be told because it’s what’s happening in the world today and I think if people dislike this book for telling that kind of story then I’m not sure what to say because it’s real. The book may be a work of fiction but the nature of it is reality..."
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Oct 05, 2018

I am a white woman in an interracial marriage. I have seen my own kids subjected to prejudices. YET, I will never pretend to understand what black Americans and other ethnic minorities experience just because of their skin color, where they live, or how they talk.

The Hate U Give is extremely insightful and informative with memorable characters and plot. The story is a first person narrative by 16 year old Starr, who witnesses the shooting death of her friend by a police officer. Starr is a strong character who beautifully transforms as the story progresses, but I was even more emotionally drawn to Khalil. Although we only meet Khalil in the very beginning, the author does an amazing job at keeping him front and center in my mind the entire length of the story. By the end, I still found my heart breaking for him and what he represents. A definitively powerful YA story.

CMLibrary_dgaines Oct 01, 2018

Everyone should read this book! It was great from beginning to end. I loved how real it was, I cried, laughed, got mad, etc. I can’t wait to see the movie! Angie Thomas wrote a classic!

Sep 24, 2018

I love this book. I can hear my honey’s voice when the black characters speak. There is authentic humour alongside genuine grief and distress and rage. There is room to analyze more subtle forms of racism alongside the big story of a white police officer murdering a teenager. I have been recommending this book to all the English teachers in the school where I work in the hopes that they will get it onto the curriculum.

JCLHeatherM Sep 11, 2018

Starr Carter balances between two different worlds that collide when a run in with the police turns deadly. Conflicted over whether to speak out, Starr discovers a new meaning for bravery.

Sep 11, 2018

Starr Carter balances between two different worlds that collide when a run in with the police turns deadly. Conflicted over whether to speak out, Starr discovers a new meaning for bravery.

Sep 10, 2018

Do not dismiss YA books. Ever. Do not dismiss reading them because you are an adult. Do not dismiss the values they hold because they are geared at a younger audience. Do not dismiss that these are not authentic, real writers sharing authentic, real experiences and writing authentic, real characters. Those characters, old and young, have something to say. These writers have something to say. Listen. And listen to your children, to our future generations, when they question the status quo and the state of the world.

This book is one such, wherein the main hero is 16-year-old Starr, a young Black woman living in "the ghetto," who also attends a private school 45-minutes away where she is the token Black girl. Examinations of racism, police violence, discrimination within communities, and the strange dichotomy young Starr wrestles with in portraying two different versions of herself in her two very different communities.

A very timely and poignant novel, and a debut at that. I am anxious to see what this writer produces next. "The Hate U Give" is being made into a movie, so quick, read the book first before you watch the movie. And bring with you tissues for both.

Sep 05, 2018

Starr Carter witnesses the death of her friend Khalil by a policeman. This is the second time she has witnessed one of her friends being murdered. For years, she has straddled the world of her neighborhood in Garden Heights where gangs and violence rules and Williamson Prep High School, a nearly all white high school. She felt like two different people. One was authentic and the other a facade. This event becomes a turning point in her life where she finally finds the voice of her true self.

This story provides insight into the community that has experienced injustice at the hands of the police. It brings to the surface their raw emotions , their humanness, and their struggle to survive. Starr's internal struggle will resonate with many readers who have experienced living bi-culturally in the U.S. This was a powerful and unforgettable story. A must read for people who are trying to find the courage to speak out against injustice.

Aug 19, 2018

Very rarely do books move me to tears but the first couple of chapters were brutal. This book is, unfortunately, a very good reflection of life today, and historically, for Black and brown people in this country. I think this should be required high school level reading for English.

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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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