The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

byAngie Thomas

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

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A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"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.

Title:The Hate U GiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mandatory Reading for Anti-oppressive High School Education As a teacher, I have been looking for a novel to use that represents realities of my students' world. I have been looking for a novel that a) is written by someone other than an old, dead white man, b) a reflection of modern social injustice c) an opportunity for rich discussion that includes current events. I read a previous review that suggest this book is too "left" leaning. That is exactly why this book matters.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very well written. Would read again!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REPRESENTATION MATTERS!!! This book is chock full of realistic and relatable characters and conflicts, and it's being made into a movie that I hope will be half as good. Honestly one of the best YA books I've read in a while, and I'm looking forward to telling everyone to read about Starr and her strong approach to everything. Here is a role model that EVERYONE can look up to.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i love this book and would 10/10 recommend to anyone interested.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will give you chills You know all those amazing things people are saying about this book? They're all true. This will punch you in the gut. If you are hesitant because it's so hyped up, don't be. It will meet and probably break all your expectations. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Read this, then gave it to my picky 13 year old and she read it cover to cover in a week. Totally relevant, appeals to young adult and adult readers. It was very thought provoking and given the current climate in the US, was extremely topical but written in a way that incorporated the trends and slang that kept my 13 year old invested.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important message and realistic A good read about Black Lives Matter. I found it very authentic, and heart touching..
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from black lives matter i'm so happy there is a novel about this..... FINALLY
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing So many people recommended this book to me so I finally picked it up, it is an excellent read. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I think it's a book everyone should read, especially with everything going on in society these days. Such a real story that really opens your eyes. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic I found this book so real to today's world, it really truly related to the Black Lives Matter movement, and gave a truthful and honest perspective. I cried a couple times honestly, I found this book so real, and its a wonderful novel.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing book so glad this book caught my eye
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an Important Read I don't know if I'm really the best person to judge this story, as it isn't really my story to tell. But this book will make you, laugh, cry, and open your eyes to the racism that still goes on in America. Telling the story from a perspective of a teenage girl was a great choice because it showcased a familiar news story in a new light. I wish this book was read in schools. Its just so important in today's society. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book The author doesn't give everything away right away. Keeps you intrigued until the end.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD This book was such an easy read and such an eye opener. As a person of colour, I appreciated the story and the characters involved. A book for both adults and young adults/teenagers to enjoy.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hate U Give Incredibly well-written with a ton of heart and a ton of thought poured into it, I loved this family. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, moving and necessary This book delivers in a way that will absolutely move you. I can't say enough about it to all of my peers! I don't want to give away too much, but read it and you will not regret it!! P.S. can you believe this is Angie Thomas' first book?!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very important. Great message. Great representation.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read. Overall I liked the message that was being sent through the novel however I do realize that there were some problems that arise from the way the message was portrayed. I liked the character of Starr however there were points where her opinions and views on the world were problematic and having her as the reliable narrator can skew how the reader perceives the book possibly in a negative light. The characters were well-developed and the plot was well thought out there were just a few kinks here and there.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be on a school reading list! Such a well written and eye opening book! I believe this book should be read by all high schoolers at one point, it really shows you a different side to the story.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST WOW Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important Powerful book about a very important story that needs to be told
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from refreshing really enjoyed reading this
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow i'll probably re-review this after i find the right way to formulate a proper sentence, but this book is so powerful. This book is so needed and important-especially as a YA novel
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read For Every Single YA Reader The Hate U Give has to be the BEST 2017 novel in YA community...It is spectacular. It is a must-read! Just utterly real, raw, wonderful...And, an Indigo Staff Pick of the month.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I borrowed this book from a friend and absolutely loved it! I felt the language was easy to read and follow, and I would recommend this book to all my friends.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Diverse Read I went in thinking that this book was going to be very preachy and focus heavily on the court case that would take place after Khalid's murder but it was actually quite the opposite. I read this as part of my diversity reading bingo and currently, I think it's still in my favourite three reads of the year. African American girls are so very rarely the main character in books much less them being involved in the middle of a black/police relationship case and I was completely blown out of the water by how great this book executed it. The romance in this relationship is also super refreshing since I haven't read anything like it really at all. It also wasn't a huge part of the novel as the book really focused around familial relationships more thnan anything. did think that while the writing style sometimes seems childish it's very indicative of Starr's own thinking because 16-year-old girls from the hood don't think like professional authors. Overall I don't think that Angie Thomas could have written a better debut novel and I would highly recommend this book to any young reader looking to enjoy something raw and honestly beautiful.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunately found it boring I can see how this is a groundbreaking book because of how topical the story is, but I found the main character annoying throughout the entire book. Very realistic, but ultimately unsatisfying and uninteresting. Maybe they'll make it a movie and I'll like that more.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Writen I was never bored reading Angie Thomas' novel. Her first novel is superb! I definitely rate it as one of my most loved books of the year. To get into the mind of a girl half and half on both 'sides' is a unique set up and one that was unforgetable.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Read! This book is so important. It's inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and it's a perfect depiction of what's going on in America today. When I read the scene of Khalil being shot by the police officer, I had chills! This is a powerful book and I recommend everyone to read it.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opening Gives us a great perspective on what's going on in the world and shines a light where needed.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makes me angry... great read!! gets you fired up
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I feel like I don’t need to say much to convince you to read one of the biggest YA books of 2017. It may look big, but you’ll speed through it. You may cry when Starr’s friend Kamil is shot. You will feel Starr’s anger as she is left to cope with the uprising, riots, and ignorance that follows. You will feel her confusion as she is fast-forwarded into the real world. You will feel protective over her and her family, just as they do. And still, you’ll be able to laugh, because Starr has her way of making things brighter.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Read Very well written. Would recommend this to people who like serious books with a bit of comedy. Also very relatable. Loved how the story was inspired by Tupac's Thug Life - I think it has a really strong message.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Classic? I finished this book in one sitting! I feel as if I've read a book that will be studied down the road. It tackles important issues and educates the audience through ordinary teenagers. My only gripe is that the references in this book may become dated (e.g. Tumblr). #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite This is definitely one of my new favourite books of all time. The story is so relevant to events happening today and heavy topics are dealt with so well and realistically. Could not recommend more!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heard great things Haven't had a chance to read yet but multiple friends have recommended this book so it must be a good read! Can't wait to start it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IMPORTANT BOOK This book tackles important topics so masterfully but still has elements that will make you laugh, smile, cry. One of the best books I've read this AND I gifted it to my best friend.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book Got me over my reading slump... I adored the characters & the eyeopening plot
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy...wow This book hurts my heart and I'm definitely not comfortable with it being classified as a fiction. This shit happening is perpetually on the news, my newsfeed and everyone is angry but nothing seems to change. Sadly, I don't see it changing under the current POTUS either. It's also startlingly relevant to the indigenous communities in Canada who are daily stereotyped and abused by institutional racism...HULK MAD! This book did a great job of showing the good and bad and the real. I am honestly amazed that this is a debut novel and I'm really looking forward to her releasing more work. I particularly loved how Starr's Uncle was a cop, her boyfriend was white and her father had a criminal record but is a good father while her mother is successful despite an early pregnancy in life. Reading the interrogation reminded me a lot of how we treat sexual assault victims...it's sadly a real book talking about problems we're having today and not six generations ago
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! one of the best books of the year
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book. Definitely on my list of favorite books. Broke my heart by the second chapter. I can't wait to see what this author puts out in the future. Police brutality is an issue often ignored and I think this shed a lot of light on just how much it affects not only the African-American community but the rest of the world too.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading! One of my favorite books of all time. Educational and sheds light on important issues. It's so sad that these kinds of things happen in real life and are often ignored. I love the references to hip hop and media today. I love the character progression, especially with the main character. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED I related to this book so much! An amazing read that I definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Day To Kill a Mockingbird The Hate you Give is a modern day To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel brings up important themes or racism, equity, and survival. The events within the novel are very relatable to events occurring in the United States today.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good i love it so much and i love all the characters and it's such an important book and it had me crying withing the first 25 pages so i guess that's a good sign?
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important I don't think there are words to describe just how important this book is. It had me reading until 2am, and had me thinking until long after I flipped the last page. The Hate U Give is about the BLM movement, but it's about so much more than that. It's about standing up for what's right, no matter the cost. It's about compassion for your fellow human. It's about facing head-on the issues our society tries to pretend don't exist. With this novel, Angie Thomas encourages us to use our voices and fight tooth and nail. Even if that means fighting friends, family, or those sworn to protect us. It is heart wrenching and it is hopeful and it belongs in every classroom and every household.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most important book in a while This book is so far my favorite of 2017. It is so poignant and important, I wish it was an obligatory read in every high school. It touch the subject or race profiling and police brutality with an amazing touch and you'll feel for everyone evolved in this story.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good good read, very interesting read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! This book is very touching
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very important work This book is so amazing. I don't think I have words to express my appreciation for all the layers woven in so silkily here.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Went in expecting to like it but ended up loving this! I don't usually read contemporary but this was pretty amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING !! This book has been by far one of the best I have read!! It grabbed my attention from the first paragraph! The Hate U Give was a rollercoaster with emotions for me, it literally made me feel everything, anger, happiness, sad, joy, and so many more, it was very suspenseful. I could not put this book down.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read I would 100% recommend this book. Angie Thomas masterfully educates her audience on a topic that is hard to understand. After reading this book, Thomas has made me more aware of the deeply rooted injustices in our society and as pushed me towards seeking activism.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. It's been a while since I've read a book that packs so many different feelings in one. I was sad, I was happy, I was shocked, I was uncomfortable, I was so. damn. angry. But I learned and took away so many different things. Starr's story is so important and so eye-opening, and I fully understand why people think this should be mandatory reading. What I really loved was how it challenged my way of reading. I am by no way a racist. Absolutely not. However, I noticed that sometimes I had to catch my thoughts on certain things. Mainly, the lens in which I was reading the book. For example, there may have been a decision that Starr had to make and I would think "Oh, why is she struggling so hard to make a decision about this? Just say or do this." But that thought process is through someone who has gone through a completely different life experience than Starr. She was constantly living in a much tougher, harsher experience than I could ever go through. I liked that my lens was challenged and I was able to appreciate this book on a next level. Starr is an amazing character, so tough and fierce and smart. Her family and friends were remarkable as well, and I would love to read about all them for several more books. I'm sad that my time with them is done. If you haven't read this book yet, please do. It's incredible and makes you think about the world around you more than a lot of other books do. It's not sugarcoated or water downed to give you a happy ending. You're going to feel uncomfortable but for very important reasons.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I loved, fun, and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this I can't recommend this book enough! Great read about an important and relevant subject. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing This book was very touching. Throughout the book you can almost feel like you're Starr. The author did an outstanding job writing this! I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great POV I fell in love with this book immediately! The Point of View was refreshing and i enjoyed the way they turned a popular media subject on its head. You really got into the head of how teenagers who live in dual "worlds" feel about police brutality. I recommended this book to a few of my coworkers and they loved it as well!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! If this book makes you uncomfortable, good because it's suppose too
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I was watching a morning news show one day and this book was the book they read for their monthly book club. I looked it up - as I am intrigued by covers - and I was then invested in knowing the story of Starr and Khalil. With events happening in the media I was intrigued to see how a side COULD POSSIBLY play out as a fiction story. I truly had to stop myself from reading it in one sitting as I wanted to take time and absorb the words and truly understand how the characters were feeling. I did. Angie Thomas did an amazing job portraying the story of all the characters and truly gave an insight into how society and media are formed and dictate lives and opinions; and how people can make an impact on the world, regardless of how negative it may seem. I would hands down recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great This book makes you laugh, cry, feel angry, feel warm inside. It was so easy to love all of the characters in this book, who all felt unique and important in there own ways. The message is very important, and for people less informed on the issues that the BLM movement is trying to fight against, this would be an extremely eye-opening read (one would hope).
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Relatable The author's voice is relatable and sentimental. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Important Topic This book tackles a very important, prevalent issue, but the execution is lacking. In the hands of a more capable author, this would have been amazing. Too many references to pop culture and I had a rough time believing that a girl who had just witnessed her friend being killed would be so concerned with what jordans she was wearing that day to match her boyfriend. A little too superficial.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I loved this book! I read through it so quickly and will be re-reading again soon. So relevant to how things are in the world right now and because Starr is part of "two worlds" you get to hear about the perspective from both sides of this argument. Highly recommend this book to any and all!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring To be honest, I thought that this book was way too over-hyped, that's why I held off on reading it for quite some time. But after reading the first few chapters, I was hooked. Starr's story is truly inspiring. Her character is so well rounded and you can really imagine her as a real person. I especially love her character development. She started off being so scared to use her voice, but by the end, she faced her fears and took chances. This story definitely isn't like every other YA book out there, but it's a book that everybody should read for its message.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Everyone should read this! The matters addressed in this novel are very important.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good the stuff dreams are made of
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good the stuff dreams are made of
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent and Timely Book This book was well written with a subject matter that needs to be addressed. I enjoyed all the characters and the story. It also left me with somethings to think about...always the mark of a good book.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing I got the audiobook about a month ago but was putting off listening it. I'm not sure if it was because I knew that this was going to be a very emotional read and I wasn't prepared, or if I was just simply stalling as one does. I decided to listen to it while I was doing chores around my house and I am very glad I did. For starters, I LOVE reading about POCs, and I love books that bring important issues to light. In this case, the issue was racism and police brutality. The book not only talked about the obvious racism that infects society, but also the more subtle racism that people refuse to believe exists. The characters where very well written. I was able to feel the guilt, and frustration, and fear that they gave off. You couldn't help but fall in love with each of them. I am very glad that this book was written. I believe that it is a very important read.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars for Starr and her family First of all, I'm happy that this is my first 5-star rating for a contemporary of 2017. This book deserved all the 5-star reviews and addresses some very important topics in today's society regarding racism and police brutality. Starr is only 16 when she sees her best friend Khalil get shot for no reason. Before that, she was 10 when another friend of hers was killed. I can't even begin to imagine experiencing that kind of horror in your life at such a young age. So this story follows the aftermath of Khalil's death and Starr's life afterwards as she copes with his death and over time, learns that her voice can be a very powerful weapon to stand up against such injustice. I loved reading about Starr's daily interactions with her family, especially her parents and half-brother Seven and also her uncle. You can tell how loved Starr is and how much she loves her family. The tiny, ordinary moments between them were my absolute favourite. There were quite a few Harry Potter references which was a bonus. I laughed and teared up a lot during this book and maybe my emotions were just more heightened at 1 a.m. when I originally finished this. :P The secondary characters were great as well. I liked Maya, Starr's boyfriend Chris (I mean he calls Starr Fresh Princess. Too cute that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is their thing) and even had a soft spot for DeVante. Now I want to go watch Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... Anyway, a stunning debut by Thomas and I hope she writes more books in the future.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the year I absolutely loved this story. It was told in a precise and authentic voice; I related to it in many ways. I found Star's hardships and relationships very relatable and touching.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Praise The sad thing is, because I didn't like it, I have to remind everyone that I do not condone racism before proceeding with my review. I don't care about the social politics.The book was not good. I mean, you know something is wrong when it takes you a while to decipher whether the book is satirical or not. Seriously. From getting upset by a friend unfollowing on Tumblr, to freaking out because a fried chicken joke was made to a black, to creating a "minority alliance" because of "racist" jokes... It was so melodramatic! There are bigger race issues to talk about! However, if Starr and Maya get so ENRAGED and offended by petty race jokes, then many racist things said about white people should count as being offensive too.There shouldn't be this double standard; people would probably be upset if the races were switched. For instance, Starr pushes her boyfriend away and gives him the silent treatment solely because he's white and rich. Aside from this hypocrisy and silliness, I the book did try to address some of the real issues blacks and minorities face. However, the focus was put too much on police brutality and shootings rather than the fundamental, underlying issues of crime and poverty caused by lack of education and the fixed mindset that it has to be a cycle. If you keep blaming others and just throw the race card around whenever the important questions are asked, the problems will persist. No real solutions were presented either, which is why the book was so lacking for me. Even the writing was unsatisfactory. I was so bored, and ended up taking weeks to finish the book. The ideas about family were sweet, I suppose. However, the book missed its mark for me and it was so difficult for me to finish, hence my low rating.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Classic (6 Stars) Every once in a while a book comes along that is so powerful, so brutally honest that you are left gasping. "The Hate U Give" is that book for 2017. It is timely and its narrator's voice is true and fresh and nearly flawless. If this book isn't taught in Social Science courses and, as a companion to "To Kill A Mockingbird" then it should be put in the hands of every high school aged teen in North America. It is said that you cannot understand someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes, well this is as close as most of us will every get to walking a mile in the shoes of the oppressed. Don't dither, pick up this book and start walking.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! A great riveting read! I could not put it down. It helps give greater understanding to the Black Lives Matter movement. A must read!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This book was eye-opening, interesting, and truly captivating. I loved the main character, and all the side characters, and really felt invested in the fight for equality. I loved how this book put me in someone else's shoes for a bit, and made me think about the way our society works
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Eye-Opening There are so many things that people are blind to when they don't happen directly to them, and this book was really eye-opening. I realized how much I don't know, and by growing up in a privileged life, there is so much I will probably never be able to understand, and as much as I am grateful for that, this book showed me how unfair and cruel the world is, even in this day and age. It is heartbreaking, and frustrating, and truly shows the horrible situations so many live in just because of the skin they were born into or the place they grow up in.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars Important work. Read it please.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read SUPER important read. Anyone who thinks the BLM movement need to pick up this novel. The last few pages gave me chills. Angie Thomas is amazing--can't wait to see what she will put out next.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-opener The beauty of reading: it can help you see something from someone else's point of view--even someone with drastically different life circumstances. Important addition for increasing diversity in young adult novels.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely amazing and although it deals with tough topics it's also hilarious and relatable at the same time. Every character had so much depth and was just real. I learnt more about the black lives matter movement while also enjoying a great contemporary book. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out (Amandla Stenberg has been cast as Starr) and I plan on reading all of Angie Thomas's future work!!!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-Opening Writing Ugh. Where to even begin? The hype was right. This book was fantastic! At first, I had my misgivings, given that I've seen some very opinionated articles and what not about the Black Lives Matter movement. This book was not only informative on the movement and the issues behind it, but it was relatable, believable, and a joy to read. Starr is a wonderful main character, full of such sass and wisdom that she puts me to shame. Likewise goes for her family. The love practically rips you into the pages with them. There's a strong own voices feel to it, which endeared me to it so much. Would highly recommend, especially as a white Canadian, where the issues in this book just don't happen. I already have one friend lined up to borrow this.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tremendous Exemplary work all-around.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Read Splendid piece of writing.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book of the year!!! i decided to read this book because i had nothing else to read but it turned out to be enchanting. i cried and laugh all the way through. hate the fact that Khalil didn't get justice tho.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome An important and educative read
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching A mind-shattering novel. A must-read for teens, adults, anybody.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important read I absolutely LOVE The Hate U Give. I always say that any book that can make you laugh out loud on one page and then burst into tears 5 pages later is a great book, and with this book, Angie Thomas did just that. Not only was this book highly entertaining - it was incredibly important to as it covered important themes related to racism and ignorance in our society. I think everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is significant as it relates to the issues taking place in America, and is a great book to read with students and book clubs.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is a wonderfully written book with powerful messages. Angie Thomas takes us into the life of Starr and her world where she struggles with the dangers of speaking out, of doing the right thing. I highly recommend this title.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and Timely "It would be easy to quit if it was just about me, Khalil, that night, and that cop. It's about more than that though. It's also about Oscar. Aiyana. Trayvon. Rekia. Michael. Eric. Tamir. John. Sandra. Freddie. Alton. Philando. It's even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first - Emmett." I don't read much YA, but knew I had to pick up The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas is bold, throwing literary punches right out of the gate, and by the end of chapter two I was in tears. Told from the perspective of Starr, who witnesses her friend shot and killed by the police, Thomas provides enlightenment and education about #blacklivesmatter. The story itself is one we know all too well: a young, unarmed, black person is shot and killed by the police. The aftermath is wrought with pain and injustice, families senselessly torn apart. This book stands out though, not because of the tragedy, but because of Thomas' strength as a storyteller. She has created a robust cast of characters, each fleshed out and diverse. Starr is sixteen years old and struggling with her identity as many teens do. Her struggles, however, eventually become a source of her strength. She attends a "white" school that her parents send her to, rather than the school in her neighborhood. She is constantly working out which star she can be in any given situation - prep school Starr, or Starr from the ghetto. When a cop pulls her and her friend, Khalil, over one night, she had no idea she would become witness to tragedy and forced to find her voice against great odds. We follow star as she moves through her grief, initially fearful, but eventually finding her inner power. Thomas consistently returns to the importance of speaking up and speaking out against injustice - your voice is your most powerful weapon. Among all of this, we have a YA book with elements that lighten the mood. A romance between Starr and her white boyfriend, Chris, (I laughed out loud when "swirling" came up!), complex friendships, and a love for sneakers. This book is important and timely, and I hope it reaches beyond liberal minded thinkers. I'd love to see this book in classrooms, sparking conversation among today's youth. I already felt everything this book is seeking to teach, so I can only hope it finds its way into the hands of people who may not understand #blacklivesmatter.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! The lady at Indigo mentioned that it was the best book she has read all year. I was not disappointed. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from rebecca wants to give it six stars. this book is horrible. just another cheap cash in to the fear mongering second class citizens of today.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible My former teacher bought me this book and I devoured it. It was SO good.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling! Written from the perspective of Starr, it was a compelling read. Great debut novel!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be able to give this one 6 stars This book is an incredible read. It is a powerful story and Angie Thomas does a great job of making it easy to understand Starr and identify with her no matter what your background is. A definite must read for anyone who doesn't understand the Black Lives Matter movement or actually, anyone. Period. Do yourself a favor and read it!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The truth is out there. I gave this a 4.5, only because I could have gone without the high school friend drama. Otherwise, for a debut novel, this totally rocks my boat. Also, it is the truth. Trigger happy/nervous cop. Defiant youngster. Media crap. Etc. This touch a subject that,sadly, is happening all over the world and that should be more looked after. Acknowledge more. Read it.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful, honest, relevant “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” Hands down best book I've read this year. Not only is this an important read, inspired by Black Lives Matter movement, but it's also an amazingly written one. Angie Thomas's writing is just so damn real and she had me laughing and crying with each of her characters along the way. I could hear every piece of dialogue in my head, playing like a movie in different voices. This is the first book I've ever felt so connected not only the main character but also to her friends, to her family, and even to her acquaintances. Hell, I wanted to be a part of Starr's family, that's how much I started to care about each one of them. There is just so much heart to this book that I just wanna hug it tight and never let it go. I'm not one to say that any book is for everyone, but this book is. It's a book that everyone needs to read because its incredible books like this one that confront us with way we automatically view and treat each other, how the internalized racism we walk around with f**ks everyone.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing This book was simply amazing. 10/10 would read again.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! Made me cry :( Excellent Book! Made me cry :(
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hate U GIve gives readers lots to readers This is a brilliant look at the complex issues of race, class, age and gender. The author provides a rich story told from the perspective of Starr a mixed race, teenager. Rather than a diatribe, the reader gets inside the story, inside the complexity of Starr's experience. No easy answers here, but lots of great questions.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Amazing book; truly wonderful!
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Check yourself Really enjoyed it, learned a lot, couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the characters, even if I didn't always understand or agree with them. The family and relationships expressed in this book were beautiful. The plot was complex and riveting. I flinched a few times, so that tells you how gripping the writing is. As for the topic itself, I had to check myself constantly. I admit I have not been well-educated or really deeply involved in this topic, mostly because I have been well sheltered from it, but this book has helped me see what a pressing and current problem it is in today's society.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such An Important Book! I've been telling people about this book for months, without ever having read it - so I decided it was high time to read it myself. The story is so important, relating to events that have been occurring across the US and are still occurring today. The story is so poignant, and the author clearly put her heart and soul into writing this book. After reading (and crying over all the feels this book gave me), my friends and I all talked about it, gushing over all of the things we loved about it; the biggest takeaway from this book is that it really challenges your way of thinking, and how you act. A fantastic read overall, I not only recommend you all read this: I implore you to read it.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Important Book of 2017 If you read any book in your life, please make it this one. This book is funny, happy, tragic, and meaningful. It will make you take a step back and see the world for what it really is. Broken.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impactful In short, this gives the perfect glimpse of light for a person of colour, African Americans particularly. I felt as though there was a theme of the police's presence and that's what started this story. It led to all the plot points and major arguments of this story that unfortunately happen in present day. There were times when I felt sad, angry, and downright frustrated for these characters, just as they are because I know it is still happening in this world. And I want it to change. The first step could be reading stories similar to this, which should then lead to action from the inspiration it should spark. I remember wanting to read this book when I first heard about The Hate U Give, it seemed as though it would peek my interests, in which it has. Sure enough, hopefully, and in particular with this book being adapted into a movie, this story will continue to spread and soar past the fact it’s been a #1 NYT bestseller for weeks in a row. This is a story that will make history and stick with the world, all because of current happenings, the change I am not seeing, but with the hope that this can be the start for equality and inclusiveness.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Depiction of Today's Society Recently just finished reading this and reminds me of the things in life we take for granted. Made me cry.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read This was such an amazing read. It really opens your eyes to what is happening in the world. I could not put this book down.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this story is one of the best stories i have read. a great story to explain the harsh realities of the world we live in today.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book This book is a blessing to this world. It made me cry four times. I don't cry easy.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful such a well written story and very powerful
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Overall thought it was very well done and would definitely read again.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Very well written book on racism and the way it is handled. A must read. A very sad look into society but a true eye opener.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and beautiful and real This was an incredible and honest look at racism and how we perceive people. I do my best to be educated about the issues and aware of my white privilege, but hearing this story through Star's experiences gave me a new perspective because the author did not hold bad when showing us what the characters *felt.* It's been said a thousand times before, but this is truly an important read and I encourage everyone, regardless of race, nationality, etc. to read it. It's not an easy read, but it's topical and hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm glad I picked this up I saw that a friend had this on her to read list so I thought hey why not. The first couple pages I wasn't sure that I really wanted to read it, But once you get to the 2nd chapter, it's impossible to put down. I felt like I learned a lot while reading it, it brings a more modern lesson on the disparity between races in America. It's definitely a must read.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A book to add to your TBR list Due to our current climate in society, this is a book I think should be read.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Important I didn't know anything really about racism in the United States and police brutality until I picked up this book on vacation. It was so good, and made me think.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opener Before reading this book, I thought every was as open minded as I was. I have had a few people in my life who implied that even though much has changed since we were kids, not everyone has changed. We just got to stand up for what we believe in. After reading this book, it inspired me to read books by all different nationalities to hear everyone's views and thoughts.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I loved this book!!! It had interesting, complex and intelligent characters, a captivating plotline and the writing was absolutely fantastic. Overall a very nice read. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timely. Important. Stunning. Raw. Timely. Important. Stunning. Raw. These are the four words that might come slightly close to describing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. There was never a time while I read The Hate U Give that I found myself questioning the authenticity of a character's actions or the authenticity of the world around the characters. This is what we needed; this is what our world needs in this time of rising racism. The one thing I loved about this book more than anything else was the protagonist: Starr. Not only did I feel everything Starr felt, but I also faced everything Starr faced with her. I am so proud of her for how far she has come and I am so proud of her for what she will do with who she has become. Starr goes from being this secretive person, hell-bent on keeping her school life and her home life separate due to the difference in her socioeconomic status compared to everyone else at her school, to this open young adult, ready to embrace the world and ready to show the world the truth she so desperately hid away from the world before her friend died. It is essential that we realize that Starr is afraid of sharing her life in Garden Heights with the people in her life at her fancy high school because she is young and she's trying to protect her friendships. As the book progresses, Starr starts to realize that she would be protecting her real friendships if she opened up and let her friends at her high school into her life in Garden Heights. I cannot describe to you how perfectly Angie Thomas captures the feelings, the actions, the ideals of people of colour in her The Hate U Give, but I won't say that this is a win just for people of colour to have such a fantastic novel not only published but also at the top of the NYT Bestselling list, because it's not just that. Yes, it is a win for people of colour in general, but, I do not want to be one of those people who underplay how large of a win this novel is for people who are black. This is one of the most popular and one of the most important novels of our time; it is a novel to be read in schools, to be studied, to be educated by because it shows everyone, that lives in their little bubble of ignorance, the reality of our world. The Hate U Give shows us the importance of tolerance and patience. The novel teaches us how it is only degenerative to go down the path of extreme violence; and that is another thing I loved about The Hate U Give: the promotion of patience. Often times, I see people around me that I share liberal views with taking it too far. They forget how to treat anyone who opposes them, questions them, or offers them a different perspective, like humans, and what's worse is that they fail to see how their actions, their behaviour, will only lead to undermining their own cause. They're not careful enough to understand that if they scream too loud, people might become deaf to their cause. Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give shows us precisely why we must not yell too loudly, why we must be calm enough to converse rather than scream.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 444 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 5 If you read one book this year, let it be this one. Not only is it relatable and powerful, but it is also incredibly well written. I truly believe that if you can read this book and learn something from it, the world will be one step closer to becoming a better place. I am also fairly certain that this is the second contemporary book to ever earn 5 stars from me. If that doesn’t convince you to go read The Hate U Give right now, I’m not sure what will. The writing is fantastic. I’m not sure I have ever read a book where the speech is so incredibly real. Real people speak like the characters in The Hate U Give. Speech isn’t edited in real life like it is in most books. Speech is filled with short forms and mistakes, and Angie Thomas leaves those mistakes in, making the reading experience so much more real. If you are a grammar lover like me, it takes some getting used to, but I hope that by the end of the book you are able to appreciate the authenticity brought to the story by the writing. The characters are fantastically human. Starr and her family make mistakes, yet they  are constantly trying to do the right thing. As Starr’s mom tells Starr “sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right” (p.154). Furthermore, almost every character mentioned is well developed. Names are not simply mentioned haphazardly. Every character in The Hate U Give contributes to the story or the message in a meaningful way. There is also a fantastic family dynamic that most YA books sadly lack. With The Hate U Give, there is no need to be concerned over who on earth is caring for these 16 year-olds, Starr’s parents are as involved in Starr’s story as they should be. Frankly, I learned so much from this book, including that it is okay to learn that your behaviour is wrong and hurtful, as long as you genuinely learn and fix your mistakes. The Hate You Give is so important that it should be required reading. There is strong language and abuse, but one of the book I read for my English class was filled with abuse, cheating, and other “mature content”. The Hate You Give has earned a special place in my heart as one of the few books that has managed to make me cry more than once. Starr’s grief and emotions are so incredibly palpable that it breaks your heart. Overall, The Hate U Give is one of those rare books that is simultaneously fantastic and important, earning it 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Important but... ...wasn't executed in a nuanced way. I felt like it sanitized a whole community in order to evoke reader sympathy, and a book for teens shouldn't have to do that. One could argue that it was slanted hard left to make up for media bias to the right, but for anyone who likes to think for themselves instead of being told what to think, the writing disappoints. I also found it problematic that the book paints Latinos in a problematic light, that the main character continually generalizes about white people even while policing their language, and it doesn't get addressed at any point throughout the book. There's also a strong "don't judge" vibe that's hard to buy when people are looking for justice from the court system (which pretty much only exists for the purposes of judgment). And then there's that subtle legitimization of rioting toward the end of the book, where the main character doesn't fully participate but acknowledges the right of her community to express anger, even if it's vandalizing businesses (as long as they're corporate chains and not small businesses). The problem with inciting youth to express anger, is that anger has different degrees, and it's difficult to decide what's an acceptable level of anger and what's taking it so far that people get hurt (ex: the BLM leader in Toronto who wrote a "white skin is sub-humxn" post a while back). I would be recommending the book to everyone if the book did a better job at humanizing both sides of the incident (the officer's and Starr's), and had Starr's version of events still more accurate than his. But he was a cartoon villain throughout, and that did nothing to explore the actual intricacies and polarizing qualities of the cases that sparked the BLM movement. And no, I'm not white and I can't stand Trump, but I don't think propaganda from either the left or the right is going to close the gap between divided communities in the States or even in Canada right now.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE..The book you need to read! Start Carter is caught between two worlds. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, those two worlds collide. Soon protests erupt because her friend was unarmed. The shooting is being brought to attention by the media, and they want to know what really happened with Starr being the only witness. Will she stay silent or will she gather her courage? The Hate U Give was brought to my attention because it is a book that's inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. And from the very first page I was riveted. This was exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now. The writing is just superb. I loved every single bit. It was everything I knew it would be and more. Having cried twice throughout the book, I was moved to tears. Honest and real, this was a page turner and I finished it one day! What can I say about our heroine? She doesn't know she's one first of all. She thinks she's ordinary but we all know she's not. I liked that she grows and matures. Seeing how she kept her two sides to her personality because she's torn between Williamson Posh Starr and the real Starr who swears a little. It tore me up that she had to pretend so she could fit in. The rest of the characters are just spot on and I LOVE how loving, supportive and caring her family is. Every single character is vibrant and just so lovely. Her talks with both her parents were just perfect. Her older brother Seven is over protective while her younger brother Sev is just as annoying as any little brother can be. Unforgettable, powerful and thought provoking, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas will inspire and move readers until the last page!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this one Not only is this book extremely important right now in terms of the topics it addresses (it's inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the events that brought it into being), it also does a very good job of drawing us into Starr's feelings and her journey and her family life. While I do wish there had been more shown/developed about some of the other characters, this is definitely a worthwhile, heart-wrenching read you should check out!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Super Important Book to Read, Especially Teens This is an extremely difficult review to write because of all the hype surrounding this book and the sensitive topics. For the most part, I enjoyed The Hate U Give. There were things I liked and things I didn’t and there was still some problematic areas. I’m going to try my best to explain the jumble of thoughts swirling in my brain as I finished this book. These are all opinions though and I’ve focused on the book itself, not the issues surrounding it. I liked the ideas of The Hate U Give. I loved that it’s about the Black Lives Matter movement because there’s still a lot of people who are sadly unaware of the things that are happening. This will be a great book to help bring awareness and hopefully help people to understand people of colour and how they often aren’t treated like everyone else. It’s a sad but honest book and while I didn’t like it as much as I hoped, I still think it’s an important book for everyone to read. “I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose.” Something that I don’t think a lot of people will notice while reading The Hate U Give is that it’s about MORE than just the BLM movement. While that’s the main point the book focuses on, I think it’s also VERY important to point out the other things we see that also add up to the shooting (which is the main plot point of this book). For example, gun violence. That’s something I’ve always had a hard time understanding because here in Canada we have pretty strict laws when it comes to guns. I have a friend who owns a few and he had to take exams, get references, and sign lots of papers to be able to have and use them. Not to mention there are rules to how you can store them. In The Hate U Give, it seems that everyone and their dog uses a gun and everyone is always whipping them out. I think that gun violence is a huge issue that’s only making shootings like this worse and hopefully other people see that while reading this novel. Another issue that I think this book touched on was poverty. Maybe a lot of these events could have been prevented if poorer people were given a chance. From the way The Hate U Give talked about it, lots of people are forced into gangs and drugs because they have no other means of making money for their families. Basically what I’m saying is that our world can use some work and I think The Hate U Give does a good job of pointing that out. Something to note is that I really liked the family relationships in this book. You could tell that our main character puts a high price on family and I think it’s wonderful. They’re all involved in each others lives (as much as they can be) and they all love each other so much. There’s even characters who aren’t biologically related to this family but they’re still considered family. It’s really wonderful to see and I wish we got to see more families like this in YA books. Now onto the things I didn’t like so much. This quote from author K.M. Breakey in Johnny and Jamaal sums up my thoughts exactly. “Racist police officers are not the biggest threat facing young Blacks. That honor goes to BLM itself. They preach a nothing-is-your-fault doctrine. They say, join us in our safe space and never again face consequences for your actions. No matter what you do, it’s not your fault. BLM demands unmitigated submission from Whites and blind allegiance from Blacks. BLM fights racism with racism and ignores the paradox.” And then this quote from Sophie in her review of Johnny and Jamaal sums up how I feel about the quote. “Don’t get me wrong, black lives do matter, and it’s absolutely true that they are the ones we should be focusing on right now, but the movement itself, as explained in the book, can be toxic and can set people back instead of pushing everyone forward. “ That was my biggest issue (though still not a huge issue) with The Hate U Give. I felt that while The Hate U Give presented us with how the US is handling current events but it did not give us any solutions. While I agree that these characters should have been fighting back like they were, they could have done more. I didn’t really like our main character Starr for the reasons I mentioned above. She was scared, and I get that. She was going through some scary things and she eventually came out of her shell a bit. While I admire her for fighting back like she did, I wished she had done more. I wished she had tried to come up with solutions instead of focusing on one thing. This is why I liked Starr’s dad though. He tried SO HARD to help out the kids in his neighborhood who he knew could have better lives. He didn’t judge, he just helped. He was perfect and I was hoping for more characters similar to him. “I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.” I also got annoyed at Starr because she pushed a lot of people away. She goes to what seems to be a prep school (though I wasn’t clear if that’s what it was or not) and this school is mostly white. She has some genuine friends and some pretty horrible ones but she starts to push the good ones away. She has a nice boyfriend who isn’t black and she often gets mad at him for saying or doing things she doesn’t, as a person of colour, like. I don’t think that’s fair. I think correcting and explaining why something is wrong is ok, even encourage, but yelling and getting mad for things he really didn’t understand was unfair (and he tried really hard to understand). I feel like this is another reason why the BLM movement can be dangerous. It’s hard to listen and understand when there’s so much yelling and fighting. Yes, some people that I’ve seen really do deserve it, but most of us are honestly trying extremely hard to understand. We DO want to help. We DO want to listen. You just need to give us a chance! Those people who are fighting BLM with all lives matters (and just plain racists) aren’t going to change their minds so why focus on them? Focus on the ones who do help and support because we aren’t so rare (I don’t think). I think the hype got this one for me. I was expecting something incredible and wonderful but I didn’t feel like that’s what I got. It’s not the perfect book I was expecting it to be, though it’s an important one. I do still recommend that everyone reads The Hate U Give, especially those who aren’t dealing with things like this on a daily basis. It’s a good glimpse into a totally different culture (not just people of colour but America in general) and I think it’s important seeing a different culture like this. There is one thing this book easily got right: “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is where intersectional feminism and activism meets YA This is where intersectional feminism and activism meets YA (which makes my heart glow). The Hate U Give, the debuted novel of the powerful Angie Thomas, is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It follows the life of Starr Carter, who lives two lives. One at home, in a poor neighbourhood called Garden Heights, and one at school in a privileged suburban neighbourhood. Those two lives tragically collide when her childhood friend is shot and killed by a police officer. He was unarmed. The injustice soon erupts into full-blown protests on the streets of her community. While some of the protests mean well, a few of them seem to be missing the point. Starr was the only one there the night Kahlil was killed, will she be able to speak out for justice?
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Starr Carter is caught between two worlds. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, those two worlds collide. Soon protests erupt because her friend was unarmed. The shooting is being brought to attention by the media, and they want to know what really happened with Starr being the only witness. Will she stay silent or will she gather her courage? THE HATE U GIVE was brought to my attention because it is a book that's inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. And from the very first page I was riveted. This was exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now. The writing is just superb. I loved every single bit. It was everything I knew it would be and more. Having cried twice throughout the book, I was moved to tears. Honest and real, this was a page turner and I finished it one day! What can I say about our heroine? She doesn't know she's one first of all. She thinks she's ordinary but we all know she's not. I liked that she grows and matures. Seeing how she kept her two sides to her personality because she's torn between Williamson Posh Starr and the real Starr who swears a little. It tore me up that she had to pretend so she could fit in. The rest of the characters are just spot on and I LOVE how loving, supportive and caring her family is. Every single character is vibrant and just so lovely. Her talks with both her parents were just perfect. Her older brother Seven is over protective while her younger brother Sev is just as annoying as any little brother can be. Unforgettable, powerful and thought provoking, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas will inspire and move readers until the last page!
Date published: 2016-12-05

Editorial Reviews

“The story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who sees her childhood best friend fatally shot by a police officer, is compelling, thought-provoking, and conversation-enabling. One readers are sure to be talking about for a long time.”