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 young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows events in the life of a 16-year-old black girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend. Published on February 28, 2017 by Balzer + Bray, The Hate U Give debuted at number one on The New York Times young adult best-seller list, where it remained for 50 weeks. It received positive reviews and won several awards. It is Thomas' debut novel, expanded from a short story she wrote in college following the police shooting of Oscar Grant...
I loved the book so much! Don’t waste time on the movie because I was highly disappointed in it. The book is much better and amazing and the action and emotion was nonstop. 55
I loved this book so much I had to read it within a week because I was trying to savor it. I found this book eye opening in many ways. Although it was through the perspective of a black family in which I’m familiar with, I saw it through another lens which made me see the world differently. If you’re thinking about the book I recommend you just get it because regardless, there is something that will stick with you from this book. Overall I enjoyed it and I think anyone who reads it will too. 55
this is breathtaking. I loved every single part about this book. it makes you think. it makes your heart race to see what will happen next 55
Loved this book from beginning to end! I’m literally watching the credits roll on the movie as I type this and I must say: the book is definitely more detailed than the movie! Much more powerful detail. All in all, both still deliver the same compelling message. Easily a new favorite! 55
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I love this book because it gives the perspective of things that are usually seen on television from a different perspective. I read the entire book, it’s amazing, and I hope other people can become mature enough to understand how important this book is to our generation and youth. I love how the book puts black youth first, and gives their perspective, which is unusual these days. I would love to see a sequel about Khalil’s perspective. 55
10/10 book, it went very into detail about how one thing can cause another and how much pain Starr was under. My favorite part was Seven’s party, it showed so much emotion, everything with Iesha increased the emotion but what i am taking about is how Starr didn’t realize that her friends can bond without being the same race. It gave good morals🙂 55
A absolutely amazing book that captures the line between black people and police brutality and the things that almost every black person goes through. Also for everyone who is saying “All lives matter” of course this is true, but it is irrelevant to the situation at hand because we are talking about how black people are mistreated by stereotypes and police officers. I also understand that not all police officers are bad and there are some real heroic and amazing examples of good police officers out there, but there are also too many bad officers. Also, by saying “All lives matter” to a “black lives matter protest” is a protest to a protest which is just utterly disrespectful. Being a 12 year old and understanding this is disappointing because, there are some adults who still can’t grasp this concept. 55
This book is awesome, entertaining, and most of all REAL.And I can tell because the movie originated from this book. 55
I loved this book. It had such a good message and will change the way you view everything. A must read. 55
I recently finished the last chapter of this inspiring, incredible and heartfelt book. It is very difficult for me to find a book that I actually like and can get into; this book, however, I absolutely adored. Not only was it very well-written, but it also displayed a deep and ever so powerful message. I cried on almost every single chapter. Some of the words that Maverick, Starr’s dad, said were so deep and really touched my heart. This may sound slightly off-topic, but for many, Katniss Everdeen (from The Hunger Games) is considered an inspirational hero. In my opinion, I see Starr as a much more inspirational and moving character (a.k.a hero, if you will). She motivates people to stand up and speak out for what they believe is right, which is something everyone should learn to do. If I were a high school teacher, this would no-doubt be on the list of required reading. It honestly deserves and should’ve won a gold medal. Lastly, I want to thank Angie Thomas for writing one of the best books I’ve ever been blessed with reading. It has truly displayed inspiration to the depths of my heart. So thank you. 55
This book doesn’t hide the truth on how black people are treated and I love that 55
As a young woman in America, this book was beyond relevant and I read the book before the movie and the picture which was painted through Angies words was incredible. I can read anythign she rights! 55
I would give the book 5 stars, but the only reason I gave it 4 is because I truly didn’t want it to end! 45
Most wouldn’t understand this book, but to the ones who do... NEVER LOSE YOUR VOICE! 55
Book was so much better 35
I didn’t even realize that this was a young adult novel initially. Angie Thomas gives Starr so much voice and captures exactly what a young black teen deals with in this current time of Black Lives Matter. This novel gets to the heart of how hard it is every day for Black people, by allowing the reader to experience racial profiling, police killings, economics, and justice for the voiceless, all through Starr’s eyes. 55
This was an amazing book, it was really powerful, and it felt like you were inside the mind of Starr. Totally recommend! 55