The Hate U Give

8 starred reviews ∙ 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 young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows a protagonist drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her friend. Published February 28, 2017 by Balzer + Bray, The Hate U Give opened at number one on The New York Times young adult best-seller list and won several awards. It is Thomas' debut novel...

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Messy jrawing

Favorite book ever5 star

I got this book at a fair for my school and it was amazing. I'm really picky when it comes to what I read and I was so into this book I read the entire thing in 4DAYS!!! A must read for everyone. 55


Awesome Read!!5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!!!!!! 55



Really interesting read and very real! Great example of what is really going on in the world today. 55


A relevant read for our generation!5 star

Such a relevant and well written novel that leaves the reader rooting for Starr and her voice. Thomas speaks of the social justice issues of our times with truth and strength. Hoping it inspires our generation to continue using their voice to stand up to injustice! 55


“The Hate U Give”5 star

The hate you give is such an phenomenal read, I’m grateful for this author giving me something more to look forward to sharing with the youth of my family, Heck even the greats! This book is amazing and I recommend it to everyone I cross paths with. An emotional roller coaster, I cried and laughed many times throughout the book and I can’t wait to see it in motion picture. -A.Manor 18’ 55

Airborne Infidel

Status Quo1 star

Race-baiting vitriol. I read the first chapter and wanted to throw it out the window of the 777 I was in. 15


LOVE5 star

I f*cking love this book, and they’re making it into a movie. Read the book first though, it is so good!!! 55


Really1 star

Cause it's soooo hard being a young black female in the 21st century? 15


Pretty good!! 😊4 star

The book is very well written, I will warn you there is language, and hard topics mentioned in this book. I’m so excited about the movie! (I heard) I was getting a pretty “depressing” vibe from the book. So I will warn you, maybe for mature readers. I’m 12 and I was able to handle it. But I have a higher reading/emotional level than most. 45

20 year member

Love it5 star

It is a heart breaking, and eye opening to how some people’s lives can be. Also how different peoples live are. 55

Julie Oldbury :)

Thug Life5 star

The Hate U Give is amazing. The writing is outstanding, and the story is equally heartbreaking and inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading more from the incredible Angie Thomas. 55


So inspired5 star

I think Starr and her family transition were amazing the fact every character had one simple problem and that we saw how it was solved was great. I think start relates to every young black adult who realizes the surroundings and the impact of the black community . I love the fact that black on black crime was discussed and I love that white privilege was discussed because we don't like to knowledge that something . Angie please keep it coming . 55


MUST READ!5 star

most definitely one of, if not the best book i have ever read! beyond relevant. grips you with colorfully painted scenes of our reality! i love this book. and if angie thomas actually reads these i need her to know she changed my life. and i love her that. 55

Adetra Quay

Simply a Masterpiece5 star

The Hate U Give is an absolute masterpiece. This story is necessary in the times we live in now with the killings of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police brutality. However to call this novel simply a social commentary is unjust. This novel sets the standard of which all novels should meet. It captures a voice that is so often excluded or silenced. Not only African Americans but African American women. This book explores the complexity of double consciousness, relationships between family, relationships between those outside your race. The Hate U Give is unapologetically black, yet in a context that is refreshing and relatable. Everyone should read this novel. It can enlighten and educate, but also does not forget to entertain. It is heart breaking while heart warming. It will make you laugh and it will male you cry. Most of all, this novel will make you think. It reminds us that no one is perfect, but we are all human. 55

Lemonade Was Robbed

Amazing5 star

Great! 55


"Nope"5 star

Excuse me, but you shouldn't write a review before you ACTUALLY read the book. I read an excerpt and it was very good. 55

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