The Hate U Give

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Published Dec. 1, 2017 by Harperaudio.

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978-1-5094-6576-7
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The Hate U Give is a 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It is Thomas's debut novel, expanded from a short story she wrote in college in reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant. The book is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite private school in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. Starr becomes entangled in a national news story after she witnesses a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend, Khalil. She speaks up about the shooting in increasingly public ways, and social tensions culminate in a riot after a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer for the shooting.

The Hate U Give was published on February 28, 2017, by HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray, which had won a bidding war for the rights to the novel. The book was …

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Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Absolutely outstanding book.

16-year old Starr Carter is a black teenager who goes to a white school. One night she is witness to a cop killing her friend Khalil for no reason, and this event changes her whole life.

Absolutely engaging cast of characters, told in a gripping way, wish every teenager read this book. Or anyone really.

I don't have the words to praise this book enough.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As the critic's quote on the cover of my copy declares: absolutely riveting.
This should replace either To Kill A Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, or The Great Gatsby on high school curricula. It doesn't have the same literary value but it's far more relevant than any of those. It might get kids more interested in reading.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Dieses Buch gibt einen interessanten Einblick in das Leben schwarzer Teenager in den USA, eine Lebenswirklichkeit, die von unserer nicht weiter entfernt sein könnte. Die Protagonistin bemüht sich, einen Spagat zwischen dem Leben in ihrem Stadtteil und der Person, die sie in der vornehmlich von Weißen besuchten Schule vorzugeben scheint.

Angenehm ist mir aufgefallen, dass zwar nichts beschönigt wird, aber gleichzeitig kein erhobener Zeigefinger zu spüren ist.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

The Hate U Give is about racism, family, and figuring out how to keep living after the teenage MC sees a friend shot in front of her by a cop. 

The plot flows really well, conveying the several-month wait between the shooting and the eventual verdict with sections spaced out over time but with smaller and smaller page counts. It mean that the immediate events felt very condensed but the focus was always on when something updated for the MC (whether in her persona life or the case). That pacing also worked to show how the two parts of her life were separate by having them actually feel separate for over half the book, then gradually bringing them together with enough time passing for the finale to feel natural. They had time to grow (or to choose not to), and even minor characters felt more complete because of it. 

I …

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars


This has been on my awareness for two years, on my physical bookshelf for one. It's YA -- not my thing -- so I just kept postponing it. Mistake.

OMFG.

What a beautiful book. Thomas has an exquisite sense for human complexity, moral dilemmas, for inner beauty and decency. Yes, it's heavyhanded, especially in the goody-goody Kumbaya sense -- did I mention it's YA? -- but I may have been needing that just now. I found questions to ponder and ideals to live up to. I found a horrible new insight, one I hadn't considered: blame. In addition to the powerlessness and anger that targeted communities must feel, there must be some people who feel (inappropriately) responsible: "If only I had done X or Y". What a crippling burden.

Yet I think it'll change one day. How? I don't know. When? I definitely don't know. Why? Because there will always …

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I actually read this book earlier this year and absolutely loved it. The book was very emotional. If you have not ready yet you may want to have tissues ready and for some parts make sure your anger is in check because some things will push those buttons.

I watched the movie over the summer and I recommend people to watch that as well.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I'd heard quite a bit about this book and had been hoping to read it for a long time. A fellow bookcrosser invited me to participate in a bookring for it, and it came my way this month.

This book deserves all the accolades it has received. It's a great read! My only concern is that it is already a little dated only two years after publication. I don't know how you tell this story without it becoming dated. I strongly recommend that this book go on your reading list now and you read it now.

I read this right after reading Sula by Toni Morrison, which is an interesting and difficult convergence of stories.

Starr is a believable 16-year-old girl, with all the concerns of one with the added burden of living two lives, one at home and one at school. Add in the events in the second chapter …

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very touching (some parts I cried a little for Khalil the purest angel) and engaging, I was angry for the injustices perpetrated here and I can't even imagine if something like that happened to someone I love.. This book is also very centered on the family and they are all so cute, the mom, dad, brothers, all the family really, their history is complicated but there is so much love here uwu. Starr and Maia are babies (Hailey can choke tho and so can King), it had also a lot of funny moments! Voila a good story as the hype suggested^^

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

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It's really good, but to me it felt simple and american. It reminded me of The Wire television series, but a clean, short YA version with some more current themes added. If you don't mind simple (in the sense that it's short, straightforward, has one main character) and american, then it'll be great.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

YES YES YESSSS! I love it when a story starts up a fire deep inside. Damn. What a great book! I must say that I had to adapt a bit to the slang English, but it made it all the more real to me. I loved every bit of it. This is a must read for everybody. You better be buying this book right now!

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on 'Goodreads'

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I found this novel extraordinary. The voice is close first person, the telling riveting. The novel takes what could be a divisive issue and renders it so cleanly you forget the story even involves a "political" issue. It is so well done, a white friend whose son is a policeman said to me, "Everyone in America should read this book." I agree.

Review of 'The Hate U Give' on Goodreads

4 stars

Great YA that doesn't pull punches - serious discussion of race, social class boundaries, and complicated lives in and out of black poverty and police violence, as experienced by a believably teenage female protagonist. As a friend on here said, would make an amazing all-school read for high schoolers or undergrads.

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