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 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 an affluent white 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 are forced to code switch. These themes, as well as the vulgar language, attracted criticism 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 had a disappointing box office performance despite good reviews. The novel was also adapted into an audiobook, which itself won several awards and praise for its narrator, Bahni Turpin...
I love this book because it first caught my eye in the eighth grade and stayed with me ever since. 55
It’s a amazing book 55
It was an eye opening experience for me when I read this novel. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t stop reading. Hands down one of the best books I have read recently. I can say one thing; it really gave me a different and raw perspective. I have grown more as a person since reading this book. All props and a huge thanks to Angie Thomas on creating this wonderful thought-provoking book. I highly recommend everyone to read this when and if they get the chance! 55
I have not read the book but I have watched the movie on an airplane and I swear I cried twice. I know that the books are always better then the movies so I give it 5/5. This book made me cry because I knew that these happenings are very frequent I remember that an office thought that a black man had a gun, but it was a phone, A PHONE!!! How does this📱look like this🔫? It just gets me mad so I hope the people that reading this book that equal rights are not real here in the US and that we should do something to fix that!!! 55
great book! would fs recommend! 55
This book is great, it kept me interested and no I repeat no book has ever done that before. The book story line is perfect and it’s the perfect book for anyone 13-18. The book also gives light to anyone that doesn’t know or understand that things like this can and most likely are happening in the world. 10/10 55
The worst😡😡🙄🙄😐😧 15
As a white girl, this book has completely changed my point of view for everything. It’s completely inspirational, and really opens your eyes to the racial discrimination in America and honestly all over the world. I’m incredibly sorry to anyone who is has been racially stereotyped, or hurt because of the color of their skin. It’s heart breaking. This book trying has made me more aware of what people have to go through. 55
I have no words to describe this book. It’s such a good insight into a multiple very large and current societal problems. I couldn’t put it down and neither will you. Everyone should read this book, it’s a learning experience for everyone who reads it and it will hit you right in the heart. 55
It is so amazing book ever I have read so far, I spent my day to catch up and I was really shocked about it, it opened my eyes that someone shouldve go jail for shot the black guy, it made me feel more afraid of being around with white cops , I really do love that book plus I watched that movie few weekends ago and I didnt finish it because I had bad breakdown and that book made me feel more angry, sad, happy, laughs, and disappointed at same time because I have many feelings mixed in me. I really dont like it but that book is really good, it made me feel like want to throw up sometimes because I can see Starr going through like that, it made me feel more emotional inside me. I love it. I hope you can keep writing more. 55
As a person who identifies as a white latino I found this book to be completely eye opening to my own prejudices and personal biases. I thought I had broken down all the barriers in my mind, and for the most part I have but while reading this I found myself understanding more of the person on the other side of the trigger. The author does an amazing job at describing the raw emotions felt by the characters and allows you to understand their thoughts on race, discrimination and even being an outsider. Our society is working well towards a progressive future, but I would love to see this novel as a required reading in middle school/high school to open up the conversation in all schools and hopefully break down even more barriers. I really appreciate this book and wish it would have been around when I was an adolescent. 55
Hi my name is Alisha and I love this book so much and I think it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 55
This book reflects on what’s going on in the world. It explains certain parts that us African Americans and other races go through everyday in our life time. It was a amazing book and I hope to read more from you. 55
Nice book and beautiful 55
This book gives so much hope for young teens as myself. I felt the same way Starr has but even worse. Scared to voice what’s right, due to the fear that I had inside. This has helped me in many ways to know that it’s ok to be heard. For awhile I thought whites were hating black people silently as well as loudly. The adventure with reading this life changing book has made me understand that all whites are not the same. Yes some still can’t stand my race, but I’m beginning to know how to be comfortable in my own skin. I hope you guys read this book for more knowledge and understanding, rather than just watching the movie. 🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 55
I love the book it’s so detailed , the movie was good too 🥰 55
I saw this movie and then realized there was a book on it too! This book is worth every star I gave it and many more! Teaches many great morals and is perfect for my school project! (I will cite it I promise) 55
Just garbage 15
This book is a wonderful view on things from the eyes of “Starr” and all I can say is beautiful this story is simply beautiful. 55