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The Hate U Give

byAngie Thomas

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

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8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

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

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

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

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.

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

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Everyone This book reflects the racism people within our society still face and is a huge eye opener. It is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Read this for book club and it was a great choice. The book brought forth some interesting point of views that I hadn't been exposed to or explored. Really great read, and would recommend
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book was incredible! I would recommend to anyone 12 and up. This book was so inspiring and is now my favourite book!
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I loved this book! I thought it did a great job of exploring racism and how we look at and judge each other and how that affects other's lives. Every teen girl should read this.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN IMPORTANT BOOK! After a very long time I have read a book that actually wanted to make me cry. I wanted to cry for the struggle the main character Starr goes through and the injustice of an innocent man being killed for the colour of his skin. This is a very important book for everyone to read because this book echos what is happening in the world today.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book I loved reading this and I even made my mom read it as well
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Undiluted and powerful Even with all the hype, The Hate U Give still managed to truly surprise me. Though much has been said (and should be said) about Thomas's timely discourse on anti-black police brutality, to assume the novel is singularly focused is to ignore its masterful weaving of various racial nuances in protagonist Starr's life. Just through her fully realized narrative voice, Thomas sows threads of code-switching, double consciousness and the trauma of marginalization/its interplay with identity making. It also deals with your more run-of-the-mill YA issues of young love and strained friendships. That Star feels like a real teenager is a testament to Thomas's detail and comfort with this voice. Building atop this is the entire ensemble cast which in Williamson). Authenticity is a sticky thing to measure but THUG puts forward an undiluted reflection that absolutely absorbs its reader and engages him/her in pushing forth chancomes to life and, just like Starr, feel like real human beings one could encounter in real life (though I found the novel far more dynamic when set in Garden Heights than it ever manages to be be. Authenticity is a sticky thing to measure but THUG puts forward an undiluted reflection that absolutely absorbs its reader and engages him/her in pushing forth change.
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An inspiring read I thought this book gave a very honest perspective from a young woman caught between worlds, who through a tragedy discovers what it means to be brave. A very relevant and inspiring story, especially for teenagers and young adults.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring read I really enjoyed this book. I thought it gave an honest perspective, from a young girl caught between two worlds, and through a tragedy discovers what it means to be brave. The story is extremely relevant and inspiring. I highly recommend it, especially for teens and young adults.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thoroughly enjoyed it! I honestly bought this book after watching the movie's trailer. But I am so many I read it, it was so eye-opening! It so sad and maybe a more dramatized version what happens everyday. I enjoyed the book, however the ending I wanted more but I understood why it didn't to end that way. Really a much read book!
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-opening I bought this book a few weeks ago, finished it in less than a week. This book was hard to put down -- it had me hooked from the first chapter. I don't normally cry while reading books, but the author did a great job at making it easy to empathize with the character. I will admit that I was a bit hesitant at first and didn't really know what I'd be able to get out of the book (e.g., what would I learn from a novel directed towards young adults). I haven't ever really... Well, I haven't read a book before this one about social issues. But I was able to gain a lot more than I had thought. From the start, you get an understanding of how hard it may be for individuals who have to develop two worlds for themselves in order to "fit in". This idea of having to prove yourself to two completely different communities. And although I can't say I could completely relate to this, it opened my eyes to things I had never really thought about before -- struggles that others have faced, that I myself could never fully understand. Without over-dramatizing and pushing on her values, the author does a great job teaching some of the issues going on and encouraging one to think about how we can do better. This was my first novel directed towards such real and controversial issues, but it will not be my last and I hope to see more from Thomas.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Authentic + Beautiful Angie Thomas does an incredible job of conveying the daily lives of individuals which are usually only displayed as one-dimensional figures. It's a beautiful story that showcases the importance of focusing on what makes us human, rather than what makes us "dangerous monsters". It's definitely a great book for everyone. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This was such an amazing read. It was heartbreaking and so relevant to what we hear in the news way too often. I feel that this book would beneficial to be read in high schools.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I couldn't put it down. It was an eye-opening book and the writing is so well done. One of my favourite books of all time!
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! This book was hard to read at times, but it painted an honest picture of the issues of racism such as segregated schools and communities.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this so much !!! This book was incredible, I loved every piece of it. I highly recommend this is a great read.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relevant Story This story was very well written and covers an issue that is still unfortunately relevant in today's society. It was a really good read, read it over Labour Day weekend and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written The story is heartbreaking at times but very well written.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! A very raw novel that covers the current things going on in America. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry. But keeps it real. Lots of pop culture references, and realistic relationships.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Read This book was such a powerful social justice read! Highly recommend any age group reading this book.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just... wow This book was so powerful. Until today, I could only imagine what it was like to be a black person in America, but this book shows you in disturbing detail what it is actually like. I think this will be one of the most important books released and should become mandatory in schools across North America.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved! So many topics covered: Coming of age, racism, broken families, interracial relationships, social media. The characters were wonderful, loving and brought humour despite the heavy topics. Could relate to the pop culture references too which had me laughing out loud at times.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from riviting book a good look into what it slike to be black in America. A good book on what it is actually like in America.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my new favs!! this book quickly became one of my all time favs!! it deals with so many important topics such as racism, police brutality and interracial relationships. the writing is absolutly amazing and the book helps you see a whole new perspective of everything. it got me thinking about everything that has been happening in the world recently. it also has a romantic sub-plot which really adds to the story. this book deserves all the hype its getting and its a must read. i am so happy it exists and that its in my life. defenatily re-reading in the future!! #plumreview #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super! I bought this book a month ago and loved it. Such a great read for all ages!
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A current subject An authentic and raw novel that honestly covers current topics. A great read for teens and adults.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!! I enjoyed reading this book a lot! It has many pop culture references that makes the book interesting to read. I loved the way the characters talked to each other, and made them very relatable. This book touches on many important themes such as family and diversity.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Master piece This book is amazing and it feels authentic. The messages in it are relevant, important and necessary in modern day society. I bought this book about a year ago and I have taken the liberty of reading it twice. I regularly reference it when in need of inspiration! Beautifully done!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me I understand that books like this are intended to be important, but I can't see past the fact that I found it boring, so I don't recommend it.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yass!!! Thanks for this book Angie Thomas! A book that don't shy away from difficult subjects ! Truly an important read ! #weneedmorediversebooks
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED I loved everything about this book. It was witty and raw and it talks about issues that are not talked about enough on an everyday basis. This was honestly one of the best books I've read in a long time. The language used and the characters were very relatable and modern. Would definitely read again!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read! This book is a new all-time favourite for me. I could not stop reading it! There were some bits in the book that were weird IMO, but other than that, it's definitely a book everyone should read at least once.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book, couldn't put it down. And a very fast and easy read.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Not what I was expecting but I ended up loving this!! Couldn't put this one down #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT This was an amazing book. I couldn't seem to put it down after I started it. I loved all the characters and can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder Read I bought this book a few months ago and once I started reading it I could not put it down as it so amazing and an eye opener as well. I see there is going to be a movie coming out about this book can't wait to see it.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! One of those books that you kind of have to close and sit for a while to take in. So amazing, great buy.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read This book was easy to get into, and something that younger people would find very interesting.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book! super captivating story, dealt with heavy issues in a realistic but not depressing way
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!! I bought this book at the beginning of the summer as I heard nothing but good things about it. I usually have a hard time getting into books for various reasons, but this book... I couldn't put down! A must read
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! This book brought me to tears! You get to learn life on the streets and how cruel life can be.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Necessary Necessary in terms of the way things currently are within our world. This book should be a necessity to read in English class curriculum.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I loved this book. I put it off because I didn't think it could be as good as I kept hearing that it was. I was wrong. This book is amazing. I loved all the characters & it such an important story. Can't wait for the movie to come out! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important Issues I love that this book tells a very important story from an interesting point of view. Definitely a page-turner!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from changed my life everyone should read this, it gives an insightful point of view of how some people live
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’ve been wanting to read this book for months, and I finally got my hands on it. It certainly did not disappoint. This book incorporates every aspect I love about a story; strong characters, a plot that keeps on delivering, and a theme that forces the reader to view themselves, and their society, in a different light. I highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on a copy. If you can’t find something to relate to in this, you’ll definitely find something that you can learn from it.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It It was a brilliant piece that I could actually relate to. Would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO IMPACTFUL I expected to be disappointed by this book because of all the hype surrounding it. But I was not let down. The Hate U Give, is probably one of the most impact books that I have read in the past few years.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book is amazing. It is a must read for all teens! It talks about some important social issues, and really connects with the readers. I recommend this book to everyone! Must read before movie!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Future Classic This book was amazing and so important for today's culture--a must read!
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read before watching the movie! Definitely a book written for teens but it still touches important and real topics that an older crowd can appreciate and relate to. Very good as an audiobook as specific intonations are used for each character. You can identify who is talking easily. Certain parts are bland and long (usually to give more information on the setting/context), but sometimes seem pointless. As the movie will be coming out in a few months, it is recommended to read/listen to this beforehand. I find it more enjoyable as an audiobook.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch the trailer on youtube Finished it within a week of getting it and it gives such a good perspective on todays social issues. Cannot wait for the movie to come out ;)
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I bought this for my daughter because I had heard about it. She raced through it, said it was one of her favourite books ever and handed it to me to read. Wow. This is such a well told book. It deals with big issues, but does it in a sensitive, intelligent, and even educational way. Initially, the book was a little hard for me to get into, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are real, diverse, and authentic — and I love how they discussed their various points of view, giving the reader insights into some important issues. The book revolves around Starr, a teen who has to choose how to use her voice. She has to decide whether or not to tell her story after witnessing her unarmed friend get shot by a police officer. This is a killing that has shaken her whole neighbourhood and there are pros and cons for Starr to tell her story publicly. She has to decide how to act as an African American girl at a predominantly white school. She has to decide who to be in her neighbourhood. There are so many choices and they come down to how to use your voice and how to tell your story. This is a powerful book and one that both teens and adults will get something out of.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning Very important book told amazingly. Really unique and different to see the way this issue is portrayed!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was my first book from this author and I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Something everyone should pick up and read ... important issues are brought forth in a bold and honest way.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AH-MAZ-ING I bought this book on a reccomendation of a friend because I had not read any good books in a while. I loved it! Both tears and laughter was produced from the reading of this bok. It is a very important message and one that the author made engaging.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Stunning!!!! Read it alongside a book club and it's absolutely incredible.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from important message, but not for me the lack of subtlety made this a chore to read, personally. the book wants to be taken seriously as a 'modern classic' but nothing besides the subject matter gives it legs in that category.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Amazing book. I think everyone should read this novel.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've Read in a While I read this after a friend recommended it to me, and was immediately glued to the page. Starr tells her story in such a real, authentic way, that I felt as though I was right there with her. This novel deals with a prominent issue in our society, and brings to light a first person experience that most people would never get to see for themselves. Through Angie Thomas's characters, I've truly seen why organizations like Black Lives Matter are so important.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Such a relatable book in this current society! I highly recommend this book. Really opened my eyes. It was so addicting, I couldn't stop reading it and I finished it in a day!
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever!!!!! I bought this book not to long ago and I finally got around to reading it the author has such a way with words it really had me visualising what was happening as I read along. I must say I would recommend this to all of my friends who are unsure of the what is going on in the world or is just looking for a great read.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Book This book has such a powerful meaning. It's a good book for everyone, but mostly young adults to read, especially if they aren't aware of everything that is going on in the news these days.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books This was an amazing story. The author had such a way with her words that I could picture the scenes in my head and how it would play out with the voices and everything. I think that this is an important book for people to read to get a glimpse of the racism that black people face as well as other minorities. I really liked how Angie Thomas depicted the duality between Starr's home and her school life, because that is the reality that many people face that we don't read/see enough of in literature and film. Side note, I also appreciated how the author made one of Starr's school friends Asian and explored how that could serve to the story. I could relate to it and I was really happy to read about poc sticking together. I often read about people of the same race supporting one another (which is great as well!) but I don't often see poc of different race doing so (maybe I haven't reached for the right books!) so I felt like I should point it out to praise it :)
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!! I just finished this a couple of days ago and I was in love. From the writing style to the characters, you really felt submerged in Starr's life. This is in my opinion a very important read.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I was skeptical at first because it definitely is YA fiction, but I loved how she sneaked those necessary gems in. I think every black person should read this book at least once.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I loved this book so much, at times I cried. Such a relatable book in this current society! I highly recommend this book. Really opened my eyes. It was so addicting, I couldn't stop reading it and I finished it in a day!
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely adored this book. I truly don't feel like it has a single flaw. Every topic addressed was approach so wonderfully and did not hold back. If you're looking for a diverse read that stands out amongst most YA, The Hate U Give is the book for you.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect. Beautifully written and heart breakingly honest and raw look at race relations in our "modern" society. Basically perfect.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good book With a pretty good message. I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style but this book is very important and I do recommend it for anyone that loves activism.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story The book has a great message but I didn't love the writing style
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite book. Seriously such an amazing book, I could never put it down. I recommend it to everyone I talk to. It so truthful and eye-opening about the world we live in today. I'm glad I got to read this book before the movie came out.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very needed piece to add to growing collection of strong black youth roles I was very impressed when i picked up this book, it made me so happy to have more relatable charters in this world. Only wish there were more out there
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It I read it in under 48 hours. I couldn't put it down. It has been the same case with everyone I have lent it to as well. It is well written and I am an Angie Thomas fan.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was amazing. I wonder what the movie is gonna be like
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Started reading this book as part of my book club. Really enjoyed it. Fast read. Looking forward to the movie. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing This book was so real and it made sad issues easier to read, well also telling the story of a modern day problem. cant wait for the movie!
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Important Novel I was not expecting this to be such an outstanding book, but it truly was. I feel as though this book was very insightful and touched into something that you don't see all too much, which was very refreshing.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars I bought The Hate U Give a year ago and got too intimidated to continue. I got to the beginning of the second chapter, where Officer One-Fifteen comes up to the side window, and I had to put the book down. The Hate U Give is fictional but there are too many real life cases of unarmed black people being murdered by police and not receiving any justice. This reality was heartbreaking and I was too sad to continue. I finally got the push to read the book again with the film adaptation's October 19th release date and its trailer dropping this weekend. This book touches upon very important and timely topics, and there are better reviewers out there that can discuss this in length. Starr was an incredibly brave character even if she didn't think using her voice was that impactful at first. Angie Thomas also does a fantastic job showing us all of the funny, heartwarming, and ugly sides of a family. They felt like such real people. Sekani was an especially sweet and hilarious distraction when the family delved into deeper discussions about what to do next. What impressed me the most was the sense of community in Garden Heights. Everybody knew each other and had their own histories, goals, failures, and personalities. They all had each other's backs despite the presence of more malicious characters, such as the police and gang members. However, this is not a perfect book and my slightly lower rating is NOT a reflection of my opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement, which The Hate U Give is inspired by, NOR is it a reflection of my opinions about the institutional racism that black people experience. The points I've taken off are purely based on technical issues I had with the storytelling itself. For example, 1.) The 444 page count - it didn't need to be that long. 2.) Odd pacing - the book is divided into 4 sections and the last 3 sections are so short/rushed in comparison to the first section where Khalil is murdered and Starr has to live with the aftermath. I wanted more scenes about the tanks and increased police presence in Garden Heights but I got scenes where Starr was pissed off at her boyfriend and some drama with her half brother's side of the family instead. This book was weird in the sense that it had so much nuance (I.e., Starr's code-switching while in Garden Heights vs. her white dominated private school/her discomfort about dating a white boy because her father was prejudice against interracial relationships/tension between Starr's father, an ex-convict, and Uncle Carlos, a black police officer) while being so explicative that I felt like Angie Thomas was spoon feeding me information. It was like Angie Thomas had so many ideas that she crammed them all into the story so we got too much information in some areas and not enough information in others. 3.) Compulsory heteronormativity - Starr repeated the phrase "I'd be into her if I weren't straight" about her friend Jess so many times that I wondered why Angie Thomas couldn't just make her queer. Or Angie Thomas could have omitted that line altogether and replaced it with, "Jess is so cool" or "Thank God Jess understands" rather than explicitly reminding the audience that Starr is 100% heterosexual. 4.) Subplots about DeVante, the Kings, and Seven's family that I didn't care for, and the way that other subplots (like Starr dealing with Hailey's racism) weren't balanced well. Starr's fallout with Hailey could have unfolded more subtly, in my opinion. 5.) Starr was so hard on her boyfriend, Chris. She would not communicate with him at all and it was frustrating. The fight that frustrated me the most was their first, in which Chris had a condom and told Starr that he wanted to be prepared when Starr was ready to have sex. Starr freaked out because teen pregnancies were high in her neighbourhood and she didn't want to be a statistic. Did she tell him this? Nope. She just freaked out, gave him the silent treatment, and encouraged her friends to be mean to Chris... for asking her for consent.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read I loved this book. I loved that it took the perspective of different characters all entwined in the same situation but from very different views. I think it should be read by everyone - young or old. It may be a fictional story, but with an all too real feel.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Has such a powerful message and the characters were easy to fall in love with!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most important books of the past decade This book is so important. Hold up, let me say it louder for people in the back. THIS. BOOK. IS. SO. IMPORTANT. I am so angry with myself for letting this sit in my bookshelf since March. There is not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. It was real, it was raw, and it was remarkable. There is a reason it is one of the best books of 2017. I would add that it is probably one of the most important books to come out in years. This is the type of book we need to see in classrooms. There is so much that people of all ages can learn from The Hate U Give. If you haven't gotten around to reading this yet, do it, this is one of those books that is deserving of all the hype and praise it is getting.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important and Great Book This book was a roller coaster of emotions for me and I could not read it in public due to how often it made me cry. My favourite aspect of it, was just how raw it was. It was open and unapologetically so. I did find that a few times it got a bit too Young Adult, but I can overlook that due to the message that it gave and just by how much I loved this book.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an important book This book was longer than I expected, but I read it all in record time. It shows an honest perspective from a young black girl having to deal with real-world issues first-hand on top of the struggles of adolescence. This is not a book solely for black people - this is a book that people of all races should read to gain a better understanding of what frustration people of colour have to deal with. So relevant to current events. Extremely well-written.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Probably one of the best books I've ever read. Deals with hard topics in an insightful way
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This story covers a hard topic very well. The characters are easy to relate to and convey such an important message through their experiences.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read the first chapter and put the book down, didn't pick it up again for about a month after. Glad I did! Once you get past the first chapter, the book is amazing. Really gave you the feels on what minorities are going through. Would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Great Message This connects wonderfully to the world today. Although you need to censor, it is a great book for the classroom. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book of the year this book is so good!! it is the perfect book for a teen (or even an adult!!) in today's world. it is relatable and current and funny. i was skeptical at first because i don't usually like books with teen narrators b/c they're usually cringey but this one was great.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important book This talks about important issues through the eyes of a teenager and helped me to begin to understand the experience of being a victim of racism
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for teens. Everyone should read this book! Angie Thomas wrote a powerful story that is incredibly relevant in today's social climate. Sad, but realistic story from the perspective of a young teenager. I really felt for Starr and the emotions she goes through as she works through the racism apparent in the first few chapters.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! I absolutely loved this book. Regardless of preferred genre, I will be recommending this book to everyone I know as the story line is so important, especially in today's society!
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! So happy I was given this book as a gift. Incredible story in the eyes of a young girl witnessing a tragedy. I really felt as though I was in her shoes. Such an important story line. I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO IMPORTANT This book was just amazing! I wish I’d had the chance to read it earlier tbh, but I’m glad I got to it just the same. I think my favourite part has to be Starr’s family dynamic. It was the perfect mix of everything and it made me laugh and cry (inside) and root for a happy ending. All the characters were uniquely fleshed out and stood out on their own. I can’t wait for the movie to come out, and I hope people show it the same solidarity that they showed Black Panther.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! I am not a contemporary reader. I don’t like contemporary stories but this book… THIS BOOK is amazing! This book is absolutely a must read for everyone. This is a story that needs to be told especially with everything happening in our society. I feel like anyone who reads this story no matter what age gender or race can learn something from this story. This is one of, if not the best book I have ever read in my life.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is an eye opening book that should be a must read, especially with the racism that is prevalent in today's environment.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book did a great job at telling a story of controversy from a teenage girl's perspective.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good concept, terribly executed I'm like 90% positive you can find a better book based on this subject matter. This book is aimed at young teens and it shows that in the writing. I'd say spend some more time looking for another book on race and racism.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype I'm not really sure why people like this book so much. I found it very slow moving and I had a hard time finishing it.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I'm reading this book right now ! It is so well done, I truly recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL I cried and cried reading this book. There's nothing I can say that will do it justice. I am so so so so so so grateful for this story. PLEASE PLEASE READ IT. You have to.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! The Hate You Give gave me goosebumps, it truly is a work of art. You get to see a whole new, personal side of Police Brutality and the ever present racism in our society today.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and thought-provoking I couldn't put this book down. The book absorbs you and makes you feel deeply for the struggles that the characters go through managing the many aspects of their young teenage lives while being subjected to the horrors of modern racism.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very riveting I found this book very interesting. I definitely think that everyone should give this book a read.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Talk Such an important topic that is happening in real life. It was such an enjoyable read despite the sad subject,
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Powerful. This book perfectly touched upon the theme of discrimination and inequality. It was an eye-opener to the negativity and violence that unfortunately still exists in the world and did so in the perspective of a sixteen year old girl, which I feel makes it all the more powerful to young readers who can connect to the age and hobbies of the main character, Starr Carter.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO Good I loved this book. A real look at the racism and police brutality that exists. I really enjoyed the characters and family dynamic of the main characters. Beautiful! I would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a roller coaster lets call this book a roller coster ride of emotions, i feel i connected with this book on a personal level and it explains many of the emotions experienced by the young girl in the novel, which are defiently relatable to alot of people . AMAZING MUST READ
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read After reading this book, it gave me insight to look at my life in a different way
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book a very enjoyable novel while still dealing with a very unpleasant topic.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST READ IT This book was simply amazing and so insightful as well as hugely important for current society. A must-read!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book so far I truly love this book. I have been reading this book over 2 times now. It really reminded me about racism and how to treat people equally and learn how to accept and love each people around you #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really opened my eye! I bought this book 2 months ago but I'm really glad I did. I am black but I've had it easy. This book helped me realize what people just like me are actually going through.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Social Justice Clear understanding and perspective, I felt what Star felt. It was a beautiful read that I keep going back to over and over in my mind.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I liked how the author displayed current Social-Justice Issues from young adult point of view. She kept the wording current and real.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #BLM Great Read I purchased this book in store 2 weeks ago , I could not help but read through it nonstop. I was at work reading, home reading, on the bus reading. I lovveeeeedd it . Just finished it this morning and boyyyy was this the best book I've read yet. Even though it is young adult fiction, it makes you feel so connected. Makes you really take a good look at life today. Can't wait till On The Come Up is officially in stores. Angie , Such greeeaaaat work please continue !!!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Easy to see why it has become so acclaimed so quickly. Great read.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Such an important and poignant topic to be explored through the eyes of a young woman. I was hooked on Star's story from beginning to end!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant in every way Important message, important theme, well crafted story, lovable and developed characters. Oh and emotions, emotions, tons of emotions from laughing to crying. This book contains all of this. I couldn't ask for more.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this book is very well written and I didn't want to put it down!!!!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant. Definitely more of a young adult read, but the book and the story are so important that I would highly recommend this to adults too. This book feels so appropriate and so necessary in addressing the harsh realities of police brutality and oppression while still remaining light-hearted and modern.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read, especially for young girls I read it with my daughter and we both got so much out of it
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Just purchased this book recently, and I loved the story.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I really felt the emotions the main character felt, and couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read In One Sitting Incredibly realistic and thought-provoking. I was glued to the book for 6 hours straight.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I bought this book because my daughter's teacher has it in her class library and she was interested in reading it. The writing makes the character of Starr feel so real that I feel like I could meet her one day. Great writing. I would read another book by this author.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have FINALLY read this book and wow! It was so amazing. I kept putting it off because it’s fairly long, but I flew through it. I loved Starr’s voice in the narrative. She was so real! Each of the characters had depth so they seemed very realistic too. Especially Mav. He was one of my favourites, because he worked hard for what he had. He started out in a gang and went to prison, but he worked hard to turn is life around so his kids would have a better lifestyle. He was very inspirational. I have seen many riots on TV, like the ones described in this book. I could never imagine being close to something like that. What was amazing about this book is that puts you right in the middle of the action. You get to see exactly what Starr and her family and friends are going through. That’s the side of the story that they don’t show on the news. On a happier note, I loved the Harry Potter references in the story. It gave me such a warm feeling to see her relating to Harry, because those books are an important part of my life. My favourite part was when Mav compares the Hogwarts houses to gangs. It was hilarious because it actually makes sense! Though I don’t have much in common with Starr personally, I could relate to her love of Harry Potter and pop culture. This brought me right into the book and made me love it even more!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I can't remember the last time I closed myself in my room and just read. I did not want to put it down. Heartbreaking at some points, inspiring everywhere else!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this in 3 sittings! I read this book last year and as soon as I started reading it, I was mesmerized. The story was so powerful and thaught me lots of things. I recommend it 100%.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Readable I found this story to be a little predictable at times. Definitely good for teens to read but for someone who considers themself an avid reader I felt something was missing. Having said this, it was an enjoyable, easy read
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant I bought this a while ago and this is a book that I re-read over and over again. It does a beautiful job of unveiling life in America for POC and the trauma from witnessing it.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing From right off of the bat, this book grabbed my attention. I really enjoyed how close to home it feels, as it deals with issues that are being faced right now. It is a powerful book, with a powerful message and a read I recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from buy this book! buy one for yourself and one for someone you love. it's worth sharing! recommend!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Great book! Absolutely loved the story. You followed along easily, did not get bored and read as if it was real life happening. Read this book cover to cover in a few days. You can't put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I feel there are very few books that are a must read- this is one of them. It tackles a topical and important issue in a thoughtful and engaging way.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW Not my favorite, but it touched me all in the right places.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is a must-read! Well-written. Powerful. Definitely one of my favourite books of the year.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very necessary! This book is extremely relevant! Angie Thomas did a great job in painting the image of a victim to the hate and systematic challenges faced among many black youth today. An awesome and true read!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Wasn't sure what to expect but this was a book that hooked you in, kept you reading and didn't disappoint. Awesome storytelling and would recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this book Wow, it's an amazing book. It's a very powerful story and it's very relevant in today's society. Despite some negative outcomes in the book, I feel like it sends a message of hope.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teenage daughter loved it! It takes a lot lately to grab her attention and hear her rave about a book, but this one nailed it in both camps for her. It resonated with her age group (15) for sure, as others in her peer group had read it and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad but realistic. Very realistic, everyone should read at least once.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely important A novel that is more fact than fiction. It made me cry, even though I don't get emotional while reading! Angie Thomas is a genius.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I absolutely loved this book. Such a relevant book. It's moving and touches on some big issues. I loved every moment of this book.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sends a powerful message. I got this book from a friend for my birthday, and absolutely loved it! It showcases how racism can demolish the lives of real people in a brutally honest way. It also talks about a completely relevant subject to today and really opens your eyes. I would 100% recommend this as an amazing read!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book on racism This book was a little hard to get into - took me 3 chapters and then it really started to keep my interest. It gives a good perspective of how police treat African Americans. This would be a good novel for students in grade 10 - 12.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's great! I bought this about 2 weeks ago and I absolutely loved the book. You should definitely buy this!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!!! I absolutely loved this book. It talked about a critically important subject in such a honest and heartful way. I have so much respect for this author, this book and what it is trying to do. And on top of all that it was enjoyable to read and intresting to think about. Reading this book really opened my eyes to all the things that I did not know and make me more aware about the way I act to all those around me. And with that said I'm going to shove this book down the throat of anyone that asks me for a reccomendation
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important subject matter The subject matter was extremely relevant to today written from the point of view of a young girl. The writing made it an easy read regardless of the subject matter. Made me think long and hard about race.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ITS THE BEST BOOK EVER When i bought this book i had some doubts but when i ended up reading it in less than 2 days (yes, it was that good), i was shook. then i forced one of my friends to read it and she loved it too. which means you will love it too.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read "Her words used to have power. If she said it was fine, it was fine. But after you've held two people as they took their last breaths, words like that don't mean shit anymore." The Hate U Give follows Starr, a teenage girl who witnessed her unarmed best childhood friend get shot by a policeman, as she deals with the aftermath of this murder. Wow. I mean, I knew I was going to love this book based on what everyone had been saying, but I did not expect to be so blown away. I cried, I laughed, I cringed, I smiled; I felt everything whilst reading this book. People who say this should be considered a modern classic and that everyone should read it? They're 100% right. This isn't just a book that made me think; it's a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are all so complex, the plot is intricate, and talks of issues such as racism, classism and police brutality and handled in a deep and hard-hitting way. I especially loved Starr's relationship with her family, who I totally adore. It's fun to see parents who are present within a YA novel, and it's especially fun when said parents are amazing parents. But most important of all, Starr was an amazing protagonist. She felt so real, she was funny and honest and brave, and I just wanted more and more from her perspective. I was honestly really sad to finally put this book down, because it meant I couldn't read from her perspective anymore. All in all, this was one of the best books I've ever read, and I can't believe it took me this long to get to it.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Great book to recommend to anyone! Highly relevant topics encompassing America right now. Loved it so much that I bought this book as my Favourite Thing Gift Exchange last Christmas.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from absolutely loved this book I absolutely loved this book and it was one of the best book i have read this year
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The best book I read in a long time. Such a powerful story written in such a beautiful way. This book brought me to tears, made me laugh and made me hopeful for what the world could be. Loved this story and everything about it.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This book gives you a bit of a perspective on what it is like to live in the United States as a black person. It's such an important book to read, but also an amazing story. It's honest, and a hard story but it is also humorous and entertaining. Definitely should read 10/10 recommend!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite Good This book is a good way of spreading the word of gun violence and white supremacy; however, not so intellectually demanding.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of 2017 This was my favourite book of 2017. The author reviewed this so eloquently created as a piece of fiction, however it was so pertinent to the events of the last decade. I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-27

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.”