The Hate U Give

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

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.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Summary

The Hate U Give is a 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It is Thomas's debut novel, expanded from a short story she wrote in college in reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant. The book is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite private school in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. Starr becomes entangled in a national news story after she witnesses a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend, Khalil. She speaks up about the shooting in increasingly public ways, and social tensions culminate in a riot after a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer for the shooting. The Hate U Give was published on February 28, 2017, by HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray, which had won a bidding war for the rights to the novel. The book was a commercial success, debuting at number one on The New York Times young adult best-seller list, where it remained for 50 weeks. It won several awards and received critical praise for Thomas's writing and timely subject matter. In writing the novel, Thomas attempted to expand readers' understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as difficulties faced by black Americans who employ code switching. These themes, as well as the vulgar language, attracted some controversy and caused the book to be one of the most challenged books of 2017 and 2018 according to the American Library Association. The book was adapted into a film by Fox 2000 in October 2018, which received positive reviews. The novel was also adapted into an audiobook, won several awards and praise for its narrator, Bahni Turpin...

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The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Book Reviews (3,441)


Best book of the 21st century5 star

I am a white 11 year old. I have seen the news, and it’s just awful. These are real human beings we are talking about! What if 1 15 was in Khalil’s place?! We should not be defined by the color of our skin or how we look! This is a great book, a must read. It is a very true story. Everyone should be aware of what black, Asian, minority people are going through. If I could I would give 100 stars. Because it’s that good. This is one of my favorite books. 55


20/105 star

i completely fell in love with this book !! 55

quinn fanatic

Liked is than....5 star



Love it5 star

Love this book 55


Amazing!5 star

A must read! 55


The hate u give5 star

Such a powerful, emotional, and amazing book. I wanted to keep turning the (virtual) page. Definitely recommend reading its worth your time. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿. 55

R2-d2 better-8

Yes!5 star

One of the best books I’ve ever read to be honest. Everything about is good, you must read it. You won’t be disappointed. 55


WOW5 star

This book is amazing! I was forced to read it for a class I took, and I’m glad this was the book we had to read! Such detail, very easy to relate to, I mean, the list of exciting things that came in this book is probably endless! 55


lit5 star

lit 55

Gianna Frank

So powerful5 star

One of the best books I have ever read in my life. It was so filled with passion, feeling, and depth. Unbelievable 55

Jaila Marie

Omg book/movie was amazeballs❤️4 star

Omgod, this book/movie was amazeballs like l loved it so much 45

Tilli Williams

The hate u give4 star

Interesting because it gives the usual story of police violence against black youth from the black perspective. 45

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Great Book but people’s rude comments need to stop5 star

@VegitoHaze, you wouldn’t know about being a black woman in the 21st century if you aren’t black. Have you ever been stared down at every store you walk into just because you’re black. People always think that black people are thugs who steal things and that’s a stereotype that needs to be disintegrated. Not all black people are like that and before you part your lips to say something else about black women, you think what it’s actually like for us and think what it’s like in our shoes. 55


Please accept4 star

Please make all books free to read till the end by all costing money to listen to the audio because some pearls out here are 12 or something and don’t have an allowance 45

Chelsey Wireko

Brought me to tears5 star

This book is so good! I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness. I’ve never been moved so much in my life. Next I wanna watch the movie cuz I read the book first:) I totally recommend this book to any age group. Even though it does have bad words it’s very empowering and can teach multiple people a lesson or two or fifty. 55


The Hate U Give5 star

Verrrrry good 55


A true masterpiece5 star

This book is definitely one of my favorites now! It was so touching, fun, and true. When you are reading it you feel like you there with the characters and you were in touch with them. Sometimes you even feel like you are the characters or you connect to them somehow. Very intriguing, a page turner, honest, and satisfying. Trust me your money will not be wasted! I bought this amazing book and I read it about six times already so definitely buy it! ( it could also make a great gift! ) 55


👏🏻All 👏🏻Lives 👏🏻Matter 👏🏻1 star

All Lives Matter, also police officers aren’t bad at all, sure they make mistakes at times, but they’re not villains, they help us and keep our community safe, a police officer would never shoot someone if they put their hands in their car, maybe tase them but never shoot, unless it’s one of those idiotic police officers that have no brains, but other than that they are hero’s to many, this just makes me sad that a few bad police officers are making very great and admirable police officers look bad 😔 15


Freaking amazing5 star

Just read it 55

skinny clarity

Speechless5 star

This book brings you along with the adventure, and teaches you an important lesson. It makes you feel what the characters feel and it's an absolute stunning experience 55

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