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.
Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel 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 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. ..
This book was great! It reminded me alot to all that has happened this past year and now. I know like Starr stated there will be a change don’t know when or how but it will come! No justice. No peace✊🏾 55
I love it 55
Thanks,queen, for a very unhelpful review of this book by suggesting that white people should be killed, that they deserve it. An incredibly racist statement. 55
Tbh I think white people should be killed and discriminated against. They deserve it. 55
This is the only book I've read that is worthy of five stars. This book is you a glimpse into the life of a Black teen in America. Starr's story is so empowering. Please read this book. 55
This book was 300 times better than the movie. So much detail that the movie had skipped out on. When I started to read the sample of the book and it came to an end, I NEVER hesitated and instantly clicked the purchase and continue reading. Best reading decision I made! This book is amazing because with the time we’re going through now, it’s making us look and see how this could and is really happening. It opens your eyes to the reality that we are living in. This book has encouraged me to stand up for what I believe in and fight the good fight for what I believe in. MUST READ!!!! Read before the movie, you will appreciate the movie more. 55
Absolutely stunning view point. Great read. 55
My husband and I read this book together, and I ended up reading it with my younger brother. It puts things in perspective and touches on reality. 55
I’d heard only good things about this book, so I went in with high expectations. The Hate U Give exceeded them. I was really looking for something to broaden my horizons and learn about Black culture, but I really don’t like non-fiction. This book was perfect. The narrators tone, dialogue, writing-style — it all made the story feel so genuine. 10/10 recommend this one! 55
I know she lost her best friend in the hands of police brutality, now she must face justice for officer that he kill her best friend. 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
Read the reviews on his book and you will quickly realize the approximate intelligence of it’s readership. 25
I need all these folks hating on this book to shut up first of all read the whole book before you say it’s bad and secondly it is hard being a black girl in the 21st century because people still don’t like us so yes it it is hard so try again sis and this book was amazing 55
Omgod, this book/movie was amazeballs like l loved it so much 45