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 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. It was well reviewed but was a box-office failure. The novel was also adapted into an audiobook, which itself won several awards and praise for its narrator, Bahni Turpin...

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Absolutely Amazing5 star

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


Ughhhh1 star

The worst😡😡🙄🙄😐😧 15


Eye opening5 star

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

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The Best5 star

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


The Hate U Give5 star

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

Nikayla Niky Niky

Wow! Absolutely stunning!5 star

Honestly this book is everything I hoped it would be and more! I had watched the movie first before reading the book and decided to give reading this a shot, and let me just say I am not disappointed. The author gives a great narrative perspective and gets you wrapped up in Starr’s life. Honestly wow amazing! 55

A Christian in a bible group

Loved it5 star

This book is AMAZING. I loved it so much and could read it 20 more times. 55


What a read!5 star

I never never been more devastated reading a book. This legit wrecked me. 55



this book is so well written and I have never been a person that really enjoys reading but ever since I started reading that book I never did want to put it down it’s such a powerful and joyful book which this story has changed me it made me wanna be a better person but just the message that it is telling you is really what hit me. This book is no ordinary book it even tells us about how racism is when it comes to black people so many deaths have happend to black people just because of there skin color which is so awful it even teach me to take a stand for my rights and to use my voice I never ever wanted it to end - P.S. you should make a 2nd book focusing on how donte will use his voice 55


Amazing5 star

Best book I’ve got my hands on in a long time. 55


Black girls perspective5 star

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

Asu 🥰

Great Book!!!5 star

I love the book it’s so detailed , the movie was good too 🥰 55

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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


Garbage1 star

Just garbage 15


Beautiful5 star

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


All lives1 star

Matter 15


The hate u give5 star

I love this book is super good and at the same time it is sad because it tells us what is happening nowadays💜💜💜💜 55


Just bad!1 star

Just bad... 15


Amazing5 star

I read just the sample and I loved it and can’t wait to read more 55


This book has a strong voice...however...3 star

This may be an incredible view through a young black girls eyes and yes well written. This has been addressed before. We are focusing STILL after all these years on Black Lives Matter and the struggles of one race. My point is All Lives Matter! Everyone in the USA has equality in hatred now. I find if talking about racism is only about focus on one ethnicities experience with it then it becomes dismissive to the struggle of all other ethnicities. Most people will hate this review but there is truth in it. 35

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