The Hate U Give

English language

Published March 24, 2017

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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 African-American 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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The Hate U Give

5 stars

Absolutely stunning novel that has lost none of its power or urgency this many years after publication. Thomas has crafted a tale that completely holds the reader's attention, and the characters are fully three-dimensional and still manage to surprise the reader. The main character, Starr, goes through some heart-wrenching and painful experiences, and wanting to know how she would handle all that life was throwing at her kept me turning the pages. She demonstrates incredible bravery, and is open and honest about the code-switching dictated by the different parts of her life. The book is bracing and direct about the impact of police brutality on families, witnesses, and neighborhoods like. An astonishing work; the people trying to ban this book should be ashamed of themselves.