The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Eight Starred Reviews!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —The 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.

A Note from the Author:

The story behind The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I remember the first time I saw Emmett Louis Till.
I couldn’t have been more than eight years old. I came across his photo in a Jet magazine that marked the anniversary of his death. At the time, I was convinced he wasn’t real, or at least that he wasn’t a person. What was supposed to be a face was mutilated beyond recognition. He looked more like a prop from a movie to me; a monster from some over-the-top horror flick.
But he was a person, a boy, and his story was a cautionary tale, even for a black girl in Mississippi who was born more than three decades after he died. “Know your worth,” my mom would say, “but also know that not everyone values you as much as I do.”
Still, Emmett wasn’t real to me. There was no way I’d ever have to worry about anything like that happening to me or to someone I knew. Things had changed, even in Mississippi. That was history. The present had its own problems
I grew up in a neighborhood that’s notorious for all the wrong reasons. Drug dealers, shootings, crime, insert other “ghetto” stereotypes here. While everything they showed on the news was true, there was so much more that you wouldn’t see unless you lived there. It was my home. My neighbors were family. The neighborhood drug dealer was a superhero who gave kids money for snacks and beat up pedophiles who tried to snatch little girls off the street. The cops could be superheroes too, but I was taught at a young age to be “mindful” around them. So had my friends. We’d all heard stories, and though they didn’t come with mutilated photos, they were realer than Emmett.

I remember the first time I saw the video of Oscar Grant.
I was a transfer student in my first year at the college I’d later graduate from. It was in a nicer part of town than where I lived, but only ten minutes away from it, and it was very, very white. A majority of the time, I was the only black student in my creative writing classes. I did everything I could so no one would label me as the “black girl from the hood.” I would leave home, blasting Tupac, but by the time I arrived to pick up a friend, I was listening to the Jonas Brothers. I kept quiet whenever race came up in discussions, despite the glances I’d get because as the “token black girl,” I was expected to speak.
But Oscar did something to me. Suddenly, Emmett wasn’t history. Emmett was still reality.
The video was shocking for multiple reasons, one being that someone actually caught it on tape. This was undeniable evidence that had never been provided for the stories I’d heard. Yet my classmates, who had never heard such tales, had their own opinions about it.
“He should’ve just done what they said.”
“He was resisting.”
“I heard he was an ex-con and a drug dealer.”
“He had it coming. Why are people so mad?”
“They were just doing their job.”
And I hate to admit it, but I still remained silent.
I was hurt, no doubt. And angry. Frustrated. Straight-up pissed. I knew plenty of Oscars. I grew up with them and I was friends with them. This was like being told that they deserved to die.
As the unrest took place in Oakland, I wondered how my community would react if that happened to one of our Oscars. I also wondered if my classmates would make the same comments if I became an Oscar. I wasn’t an ex-con or a drug dealer, but I was from a neighborhood they were afraid to visit, the same neighborhood they once jokingly said was full of criminals, not knowing that’s where I lived until months later.
From all of those questions and emotions, The Hate U Give was born.
I’ve always told stories. When I can’t find a way to say the words out loud, I create characters who do it for me. The Hate U Give started as a short story my senior year. It was cathartic at the time, and I thought I was done telling Starr and Khalil’s story because I foolishly hoped Oscar wouldn’t happen again.
But then there was Trayvon. Michael. Eric. Tamir.
And there was more anger, frustration, and hurt for me, my peers, and the kids in my neighborhood who saw themselves in those gentlemen. So I expressed those feelings the best way I knew how, through story, in hopes that I would give a voice to every kid who feels the same way I do and is not sure how to express it.
But my ultimate hope is that everyone who reads this book, no matter their experiences, walks away from it understanding those feelings and sharing them in some way.
And maybe then, Emmett Louis Till can truly become history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062498533
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 52
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Angie Thomas made her debut with the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning novel The Hate U Give. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. You can find her at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you only read one book this year, please let it be this one!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really takes you into the mind of the ccharacter, you live like her, breathe like her, think like her, and you cry with her. I loved every part of it because when theres tragedy theres beauty and comfort in the fact that you have family and friends backing you up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Important work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) "Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right." This was a YA story about a girl whose best friend was shot and killed by a cop. Starr was a strong character, and even though she didn't think she was brave, she showed guts when it was needed the most, and spoke out about what happened even though she was afraid. The storyline in this was about Starr's best friend Kahlil being shot by a cop after he pulled them over. Starr being the only witness was then asked to make a statement to the police, and then to a grand jury. What was awful was that this wasn't the first friend Starr had witnessed being shot though, after her friend Natasha was gunned down by a drive-by shooting in the neighbourhood at the age of 10. Kahlil's murder was justified by people because he was a drug dealer from a bad neighbourhood though, which wasn't fair or the full truth at all, especially when the officer who shot him thought that his hairbrush in the car door was a gun and shot him because of it. Overall, this was an important story, and its sad that the scary things that happened to people in this book happen to real people in the real world everyday. 7 out of 10
ssummersknight More than 1 year ago
This book is so incredibly important. It's human and honest and so beautifully, simply written. It had me laughing, crying, and really, REALLY thinking. The hip hop references (especially the Tupac ones) were fantastic and the references to important names/events were critical I think. I learned a lot. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
Whenever you have books that are really, really hyped, you run the risk that the hype might inflate everyone's expectations so much that the book has trouble living up to them. That wasn't remotely the case with Angie Thomas's THE HATE U GIVE I'd actually started THE HATE U GIVE a little earlier than I'd originally planned because the other book I was reading wasn't grabbing me as much as I'd like. That wasn't an issue here—I was immediately sucked into Starr's voice, and world, and the characters of her life. THE HATE U GIVE juggles several conflicts in Starr's life—the conflict inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, of course, with witnessing Khalil's murder, but also her half-brother and friend living with an abusive father—the neighborhood's most dangerous gang leader, a friend who gets into a dangerous situation, Starr juggling the disparity of going to a private school where she's one of the only Black kids and then going home to her neighborhood, that as dangerous as it can be is her home, her secretly dating a boy from her school, and her PTSD from witnessing her best friend's death. Not to mention the conflict of trying to decide whether to speak up or whether to hope no one outside of Starr's family ever learns she's the one who witnessed Khalil's death. All of these conflicts in Starr's life may seem overwhelming—and for her, at times, they are—but the way they're written always makes sense as one conflict blends into another into another. Altogether it creates an incredibly compelling plot that keeps you turning the pages, because truly, there are no dull moments. Then there's the voice. Starr's voice is so powerful, and honestly, THE HATE U GIVE serves as an excellent example of why #ownvoices books are just better when it comes to portraying different marginalized groups. From the constant code-switching, to the cultural nuances, to even the way Starr thinks just felt so incredibly raw, like I was reading a real person's thoughts transcribed unfiltered onto the page. I had the undeniable sense while reading that this book wasn't written for me—and that was a good thing. To say THE HATE U GIVE is eye-opening and unforgettable is an understatement. I'm not at all surprised it debuted #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and I fully expect to see it win loads of awards, because this book is that powerful and that good. All in all: read it. And any time you hear someone disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement, give them this book. I really do believe it could change hearts, minds, and lives. Diversity note: Most of the characters, including the protagonist, Starr, are Black.
Anonymous 6 days ago
This book is smartly written & very insightful. It’s so well done
Anonymous 29 days ago
Great book. I love it.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 3 months ago
All I have to say is READ THIS BOOK NOW! I really liked that the author wrote Starr the way she did. She’s spent just about half her life in some private school surrounded by rich white kids. Then at the end of the day she goes back home to Garden Heights. The way she was able to balance the two worlds was insane. She’d go from talking all prim and proper to her friends at school, to going home and letting her hair down. She never seemed to let those two worlds mesh until at least halfway through the story. Her own boyfriend of over a year had never been to her house. So, I really liked getting to see Starr blend her two worlds together. Heck, the two lives she was living was starting to feel suffocating. This was seriously a book with a full cast of amazing characters. Everyone from Mr. Reuben who would give kids a free meal for bringing in their report cards, to Mr. Lewis who you thought was just a cranky old man, but was there when stuff hit the fan, Uncle Carlos who ends up in a tough situation when his niece is the witness in the car that his colleague pulled over, even Fo’ty Ounce with his shopping cart full of belongings made an impression on me. All the characters in the story stood out and had a voice of their own. What I liked most about them was their sense of community though. They may all bicker and grumble about the other being nosy, they all seemed to pool together when it mattered most. I really applaud the author for writing this story. In a time where it seems like there’s this great divide, I think it’s wonderful that she wrote a story about something so monumental. I won’t begin to try to understand what Starr and her family go through on a day-to-day basis. However, I can honestly say that seeing all these police brutalities happening lately is extremely upsetting. While I can’t claim to know what it’s like to be Starr, the author was able to shed some light on the matter for me. I couldn’t imagine being scared of someone who’s sworn to serve and protect me. The fear of always thinking that they will shoot you if you accidentally sneeze or twitch. I just can’t grasp what that is like. Sad thing is, this isn’t even a fictitious story about unicorns and rainbows, this happens every day in the real world. So, the fact that the author was able to give me the same emotions that Starr had throughout the novel speaks volumes. It’s so hard to wrap my head around this story and be able to write a coherent review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
It resonates.
Marta Paraschiv 4 months ago
It is hard for me to gather my thoughts about this book and write a review about it. I’ve read it five days ago and I still don’t know how to say what I have to say about this book. I love Starr with all my heart, I love everything she stands for, I love how brave she was through this book, she has become one of my favourite characters without a doubt. I loved how this book didn’t play around, it was raw and powerful from the beginning, presenting how racism impacts black people in the worst kind of ways. I think the conversations between Starr and her father were very insightful, as they didn’t speak only about racism, but also about how white supremacy continues to exist. Those conversations really destroyed some of the most used excuses on racism and hate crimes. Starr’s family was the best!!! Their familial dynamics was so much fun, but also so meaningful. Her parents were so protective and supportive, that was some hella great parenting. I wish more authors wrote parents like Angie Thomas does. I lived for all the Harry Potter references and also for Starr’s grandmother, who was absolutely amusing. I aspire to have one-liners as good as hers, at some point in my life. I think The Hate U Give shows us a lot about what it means to stick together, what it means to stop being silent in moments of crisis. Starr’s journey was absolutely inspirational and I think everyone should read THUG, it’s a great book that shows us many of the issues humanity faces – it teaches us tolerance, it shows us how world is never fair, especially not to minorities, it shows us how to use our voices to raise ourselves, but most of all, to raise those who are in need and I think that’s what we all need to learn. I’ll keep this review short because I have too many emotions. Just please read the book if you haven’t already because you’re missing out on a great twirl of emotions and raw experiences and you will surely learn a lot from this book. We, white people, need to do better and surely this book shows us where we can start.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Funny, true real life characters. I felt like they were my family.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Hate U Give follows a teen, Starr Carter, through her journey in discovering herself while she is split between two different worlds- at home and at school. Hate U Give discusses many issues dealing with individual and institutional racism, comparisons of life in the ghetto versus life in a suburb, and differences in what is taught at home and what is taught at school. Angie Thomas builds strong character development, through Starr, by telling what Starr thinks and says, despite what she thinks. This emphasizes the dissonance she battles with at home and at school. This development continues into other characters relations with Starr to build lasting and memorable characters. As strong character development is one of the strong points of the novel, it is also one of its greatest failures. The strength of character relations devolve to appeal to the authors motives in writing about such volatile political climate. Thomas posits the Black Lives Matter movement in unoriginal and basic conversation that stray from character. To young adult readers, this may feel seem like an unappealing lecture to open their eyes to the movement. Overall, Thomas wrote an enjoyable tale of a teenager and her journey to discover herself and the world she lives in. The novel may be eye opening for some, but only covers the surface of these deep rooted topics residing in America.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Angie Thomas has done a brilliant job by writing “The Hate U Give”, one of the most interesting books I have ever read. In this book one can encounter important topics such as institutional discrimination and racism. Discrimination is still very present in our society. Although we may think that we have made some progress the truth is that we have a long way to go. This book talks about discrimination specifically between two races, white people and black people. The protagonist, Starr is a black girl who lives in a poor community. However, she attends a school that has a higher economic status. This has impacted her life tremendously since she is experiencing different styles of living. She is aware of the social issues that surround her and her community. Starr’s friend Khalil is murdered by a white police officer. Therefore, there are two sides of the story. One of them is Starr’s truth and the other one is the police officer’s truth. This is an issue that still occurs today. As a society we should work together to come up with solutions so that situations such as Khalil’s do not occur. Racism is present in this book. Not only can we see racism towards minorities, we can also see that racism exist towards white people. Starr’s father believes that her daughter should only date someone of her own race. At Starr’s school, students make some cruel comments that fall into the category of racial discrimination. One can see the differences in education. The students with better economic standings have more opportunities. These are only some of the most important topics that are discussed in the book. I really recommend for people to read it because it is important to reflect on how one can contribute to make a better society.
Anonymous 5 months ago
After reading this book for class I’ve felt the urge to review it as it’s a young adult book that deals with complex and controversial topics. Although the story may seem straight forward at the start focusing on a girl who lost her friend at a traffic stop, it touches on bigger issues as well. I read this book for a class filled with future educators and the best part was that this novel takes the perspective of a young girl who is conflicted, who is suppressed to society, she fears her boyfriend Chris, and fears speaking about the many problems haunting her. Even when her teacher sends her to talk to guidance she deflects the problem and states it was her menstrual period. It is these complex dimensions that makes this novel such a great read because it’s not just one story, it’s many cautionary tales weaved through a complex growing teenager. It’s her dimensions that gives this book depth as she lives and breaths two worlds and tries to make sense of them. I would recommend this novel not necessarily just for it’s main content, but also to help understand the struggles growing teenagers deal with daily, such as cyber bullying, not knowing how to express your feelings even when you have a big supporting circle, and the complex dimensions and moods teenagers can manifest after a traumatic experience. This novel helps us understand these situations and different coping mechanisms from a different perspective that may be alien to a lot of us.
Anonymous 5 months ago
In the book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, she tells the experience of a young black female named Starr. She is trapped between two worlds. The first world is the place where she lives with her family in a black neighborhood Garden Heights. Her second world is the white community of the private school she attends. Starr has a unique perspective on life being from a black neighborhood going to a white school. In the first world she sees that African Americans do not have the same opportunities as white people when it comes to education, job opportunities, and social justices. She also experiences crime, drugs and gang violence in the streets of her home town. After she witnesses the death of one of her friends at the hands of a white police officer, Starr’s perspective of her life and the injustice faced by an African Americans changes. In her second world she experiences the life of privilege of the students of Williamson school where she is afraid to embrace her race and customs so that she can fit in with her classmates. All this is happening to a seventeen-year-old girl on the threshold of maturity. By the end of the book the readers can see the evolution Starr, and how she emerged from a journey of her deepest thoughts to a wiser young adult, she becomes strong and full of hope for the future. “The Hate U Give” it will make you laugh with all the references from Harry Potter and Fresh Prince. It also feels like you’re watching an episode of Blackish. Besides laughing, the book has an important message about racism in our country today. This book is eye-opening to the reality experienced by young African Americans, and police brutality. This makes feel true and real. On the down side for me, was that sometimes I felt discrimination against white people. The book tries to promote being kind and supportive of each other, so this makes it seem contradictory at times. It is a remarkable story for young people because they can relate to the topics expressed in the book. I recommended this book for Black history month.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The hate you give by Angie Thomas caught my attention from page 1. This touches a lot of points that are relevant to today's society, such as racism, privilege, police brutality, interracial relationships among other subjects. I really enjoyed this book personally, I am looking forward to be a high school teacher and this touched base on the things I am learning in my classes. One of the most stand out points from this book was the institutional discrimination that we see in today's schools. A main example of this was when Star and her dad are discussing how they are less opportunities in schools that are in areas that are more "ghetto". This really made me realize as a future teacher, of how even if we tried hard to change the system unfortunately they will be more opportunities or funding in certain districts, and that many students will suffer from this inequalities. This book really touched a part in the education system that we live now, and although it might seem just about a girl's story of how her friend died, it is much more than that. It is a great representation of how students of color have to find opportunities in other places for them to be able to succeed, because although segregation ended over 50 years ago, racism and institutional discrimination it's still very prominent in our society to this date.
Anonymous 5 months ago
An important, powerful, and well-written book. Everyone should pick this up.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
It was just ok.
thereadingchick 6 months ago
One night while Starr and a friend were driving home from a party they were pulled over by a police officer and her friend was shot dead. This incident sets up a chain reaction of violence, hate and mistrust between law enforcement and the black community in Starr’s neighborhood and around the country. Through Starr’s eyes we see her struggle with the shooting and prejudice, but also see her struggle to find an identity between the two worlds she lives in. Private school during the day where she is one of two black people in her class and in the ghetto at night where she lives. The Hate U Give while fictional is a voyeuristic view through Starr’s eyes of how African American and other ethnic communities struggle to rise above their circumstances, and how a young girl finds her place between two worlds. The dichotomy of Starr’s school and home life was the perfect counter balance to the escalating violence between the police and the community of Garden Heights. As she navigated her feelings about what happened to her friend Khalil and whether she is the girl who fits in with the white kids at school or the slang talking teenager from Garden Heights her emotions escalate, just as the emotions escalate between her community and those who are trying to contain them. The two stories running parallel to each other amp up the tension. Even though I am not ethnic and did not grow up in those same kind of circumstances I was emotional, feeling everything that these people I had come to love through this story were going through. It felt very real. It felt very wrong. I had obviously heard a LOT about this book before I finally made myself pick it up and read it. I knew it would be difficult to read. It was. As a middle aged, middle class white woman who has never been judged for the color of my skin, I was afraid of how I would feel when I read it. What would this book MAKE me feel? Well, I felt horrified. Ashamed. Sad. Sickened. Hopeful. Energized. and Ambitious. It made me want a change. This is why it is good to read and learn things outside of your comfort zone. Thank you, Angie Thomas for writing a book that was difficult to read. That made me think. That made me wake up. That made me hopeful for change. ❤❤❤❤❤
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Anonymous 8 months ago
I highly recommend this book.