The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

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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: 9780062498557
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 2,952
File size: 5 MB
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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The Hate U Give 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 reviews.
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
If you only read one book this year, please let it be this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is everything. It made me cry, laugh, but mostly it shook me. Its so real and relevent with dhats going on in our society today. We follow Starr who witness one of her childhood friends shot down by a cop when they were pulled over. We follow her struggle of dealing with his murder while dealing with her grief and anger. Supporting chracters like her family and friends help to add dimension to the story. I cant wait to see the movie theyre working on because if its anything like the book, its going to be amazing! Everyone should read this book because I swear it will become an instant favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving novel. It opens a window to the lives of those who live in Garden worlds. This is a book that everyone should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! The author spoke our (African-Americans, Black people) truths. From being scared to move when stopped by a police officer to the anger that is felt at treatment that is so unjust. For those that gave it one star, open your eyes to our reality that we face daily. Our babies are cute to you when they're babies, but threatening to you when they turn 10 years or older. However, they/we matter always to us!
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! Speechless! Everyone young person should read this book and see the Movie. It is such teachable moment on life in the times we live in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly love this book, its well written and I love Starr's character in the book and how much I can relate to her. I also like that the story is based on a more realistic standpoint of what is going on in today's world. The situation with Khalil and his life being taken away through police brutality. Amazing book, I sure hope that Angie Thomas continues to write more books.
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.
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This book is a really good book! I think this book is really well written and it deserves five stars..... possibly more!!! *note* if you are sensitive about swear words you may not want to read this book. But it is still a really great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
The Hate U Give addresses a topic that has long needed to be addressed. It doesn't shy away from using strong language, and sugarcoats nothing, which demonstrates the severity of the issue. The book is an unfortunately realistic look into the glaring racism people all of the world face every day. Starr, the main character, witnesses her innocent, unarmed friend Khalil get shot by a white police officer. She stands up for the people she loves and never gives up on Khalil's case. Starr basically lives between two worlds, as she lives in a predominantly black community but goes to a predominantly white prep school. This addition allows the reader to see the vast differences in the two completely opposite lifestyles. Not only is The Hate U Give an extremely interesting, educational, and eye-opening novel, but it is also truly inspiring. -Grace E
Tanith_Argent 4 months ago
There's so much to love in this book. I don't even know where to start. The overarching plot of the story is that a white cop shoots an unarmed young black man, and suffers no penalties for his actions. The main character, Starr, is witness to the crime. She struggles internally about how to react. One the one hand, she attends a nearly all-white school, and her friends there don't know much about black culture, or about her life in the ghetto. On the other, she saw one of her best friends die, and she wants to be a good friend to him and tell the true story of what happened. There are a lot of supporting characters in Starr's narrative, but they're all so unique that not once did I get anyone mixed up. That can be a pet peeve of mine in a book, when there are too many names to remember; but in this case, everyone had a specific role and purpose in the story, so it was easy to keep them all straight. And the characters, the people in the story, were what mattered in the end. Starr has to deal with things no child ever should, but the reality is that too many do. She has a white friend who makes light of the situation and has sympathies for the cop's family, and black gang members who are out to get her because she implicated them in drug crimes. But she has a white boyfriend who is trying to understand her world, and she has a family to envy. There's a lot of action in the book - political activist action, dangerous gang scenes, and several crises among various characters in the story. But Starr's entire life doesn't revolve around what she witnessed or the threats facing her as a result. She has normal teenage issues that we can all relate to: spats with friends, fights with her boyfriend, school drama, sports, arguments with parents, and sibling rivalries and bonding. The story concludes much as you would expect it to. But the inevitable ending is tinged with hope for a brighter future full of understanding and compassion.
Zaara_A 5 months ago
Eye-Opening in a major way. The Hate You Give actually was an extremely realistic and upfront about the systematic discrepancies in our country today. The book’s no filter perspective of the injustice in the police system, racism, and prejudice, and silencing of sort of black communities especially was sort of shocking definitely real. Not to mention, the book being written from Starr’s perspective was an amazingly good creative choice because teens specifically are able to connect with her age and school life, but then are able to see how cruel the atmosphere of her life is. We follow along through her eyes as Starr first experiences the tragedy of her childhood friend Khalil and her desire for justice, or so they thought. Readers get a sneak peek into her life, the book also establishes that ignorance goes both ways when it definitely comes to racism, a very important concept that basically is not specifically talked about enough in our society, though it is very real. Instead of just telling us, Angie Thomas painted an immersive world that brought attention and made the readers basically feel the pain, sadness, and anger Starr definitely was feeling, a factor that some books and passages fail to do. We definitely felt what she was feeling even though for many people, they may literally have never experienced, Starr specifically shows us that this story mostly is relevant to our world today and that particularly many people essentially go through these things anyways, contrary to popular belief. The Hate U Give was one of my favorite books this entire year and was definitely the best one by far, which literally is fairly significant. I loved that the book was both entertaining, but sort of more important very needed to bring attention and particularly help people who do not understand or literally have never experienced injustice, prejudice, ignorance, or racism against them for their race in a subtle way. For people like me, who are interested and very passionate about social injustice, this book is a MUST READ, or if you are just like to read normal teenage books. From this it may seem that this book is only centered about racism, but that’s not the case. Thomas also intertwines romance, friendship, family relationships, and many more other plot lines to create an award-winning book that is The Hate U Give.
Anonymous 5 months ago
#should defenitly read #such a heartwarming story
DanielleLambert 6 months ago
The book, “The Hate You Give”, was a book mainly about racism that thought myself and other teen readers about this important topic. There are a lot of topics not just about racism but also about teenage problems. This teaches young readers about what is happening in our world today. Angie Thomas does include aggressive behavior and language that makes the book more intense. I loved this book so much because I couldn’t put it down! I kept on wanted to see what would happen next, definitely read the book before the movie!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Such a great book about joining together whether you're black or white. Makes you want to yell, cry, then smile all at once. The author uses real events that back up her book, it is amazing how detailed she is. My favorite part is when the main protagonist dates a white male although she is black. 10/10 a must read!