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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Eve's older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that? Inspired by the Sophie Lancaster murder in 2007, which saw Sophie and her partner ...more
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Published April 10th 2014 by Indigo
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Elizabeth Beverley
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very emotionally charged writing about a very scary incident that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story of an awful Hate crime. Mr Gibbons weaves The threads of hate, loss, grieving, justice and surviving into a beautifully accessible story that teens will be able to relate too.
Viola Sung
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A book that wakes you up with its stone-cold reality. Brings up issues that cannot be ignored.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
‘Times have changed,
but some people are
still so full of hate

Founded on facts this acute, profoundly evocative fictional work is something that lingers upon the mind. Inspired by the tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster this heartrending story is about love, loss, hate and forgiveness and about standing up against prejudice and believing in who we are. Impacting and full of thought-provoking resonance, I was struck by how Alan Gibbons’ extraordinary novel touched me and left me most surprised. I
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alan Gibbons novel Hate is inspired by a true story. Hate is a fiction story. The attack on the character Rosie, is based on a real attack. Alan Gibbons came to write this story of Hate after meeting Sylvia Lancaster at a teachers conference. Sylvia told the audience how her daughter, Sophie died after Sophie and her partner Rob were both after a savage attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire 24th August 2007.Hate is a heartbreakingly good story. Eve's sister, died after an unprovoked atta ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Hate is a very intriguing book. The story is about the loss of a loved one and the ramifications following this ordeal but also about standing up to prejudice in the world. The message behind the story is strong and important. And I can appreciate the attempt of the writer to bring this important message into the world but I found the story a bit lacking.

The main character Eve needed more layers, all you saw of her was the loss of her sister, and that would be a significant part of her life but
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could relate to Anthony, The Edge also written by Alan Gibbons, helped me relate to people in a similar situation although that story included race. However, 'Hate' is something I have never read about before,as a result I found it difficult to relate to Eve at first in the end I think I began to understand and empathise. I may not remember this story in a few years time but the message it gave me is something that I would like to remember. Don’t exclude people for being different because the ...more
Hope Worth
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very emotionally charged read.. sometimes hard to handle, but ultimately a beautifully written statement for individuality, free expression, and love.
First read from this author, but I genuinely can’t wait to read more from Gibbons.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
3.5 stars. Based around the murder of Sophie Lancaster. Short, quick read tackling hate crime. Felt like a YA book but was quite touching in places. Reacquainted myself with the Sophie Lancaster case - shocking. RIP Sophie.
Tehreem Tahir
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 STARS*

This is a book based on true events and serious trigger warnings for assault.

"It takes a hell of a lot of people to do good. It only takes one or two to do evil."
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good good that tackles problems people face on the world.
Zoe Maree
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life isn't always rainbows and smiles. This is such a realistic way of looking at the world, and the evil that inhabits it. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 added it
Really good, thoroughly enjoyed. Was even better as I met the author beforehand and got an insight to how he approached the novel.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win this book via Goodreads First-reads Giveaway!

This book right here! Whoa! The worst part right now is that I wouldn't have read it if I hadn't won it! Not because I wasn't that interested, I was! But my To Buy pile grows every day and there's some books that are more of a priority! If I hadn't read this, I would have missed on an incredible, emotional and gripping story. I read this book in one sitting because it didn't take long for me to be invested in the characters a
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth - 4.5/5

Hate is an exceptionally well executed novel that takes its inspiration from the true, terrible story of Sophie Lancaster, murdered for looking different. Gibbons’ inspiration is clear throughout and he deftly manages to craft a new story that puts the mindlessness of such events into a little perspective.
Hate is a dual narrative with Eve, the sister of brutally murdered Rosie and Anthony, a witness who stood by and did nothing, taking turns to tell their story and come to
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fic, carnegie-2015
I gave this book three stars because I really respect what the author was trying to do, and the message the whole book has about different kinds of prejudice and the devastating effect it has.

Eve's older sister, Rosie, had a unique, alternative sense of style. Because of this, she was labeled a 'Goth' or 'mosher' and was beaten to death by a savage gang of youths in a local park, and her boyfriend was left fighting for his life. Eve is struggling to cope in the aftermath of Eve's death - struggl
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, read-2014
Based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007, who along with her boyfriend was attacked because of the way she dressed. When this happened it struck a chord with me because in my younger years (some 5-10 years prior to the attack) I was (and in many ways still am!) what you might call 'alternative', I've experienced heaps of verbal abuse and I've also witnessed violence towards friends of mine because of the way they look, though thankfully without the same horrific outcome. It's time this cr ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
A surprisingly high collective rating on here for this book which I can only attribute to the fact that 25 people (at the time of me writing this) have rated 'Hate'. Surely as more people read this lacklustre effort, the rating has to dive. Because it's not a very good read. Nor is it informative, challenging, enlightening, or even at all interesting. It's definitely not entertaining, but then a book based on a real life British murder case, would be in poor taste if it set out to entertain.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Hate is a hugely powerful book, sadly based on an horrendous personal assault that ended the life of a young woman in 2009 http://www.sophielancasterfoundation....
Alan Gibbons has written a very poignant and thought provoking novel looking at the many ways prejudice and hatred rear their ugly faces in modern Britain. It challenges people’s reactions to such responses, be them verbal or physical. It highlights the power of a united front against social injustice as well as what a difference one
Lyra van der Berge
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Bella Brown
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like Hate, but I just couldn't manage it.

I've really enjoyed Alan Gibbons in the past, and after recently being underwhelmed by An Act of Love, I was looking forward to reading this. It's based on the Sophie Lancaster hate crime case, and is therefore what you might call an "important" story - it's being marketed as a good way to introduce young adults to this complex subject.

My problem lies in the fact that Hate doesn't present it as being complex at all. For me, it was far
Sally Flint
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should be on all school walls and be in all school classrooms. A hugely powerful account of the aftermath of the effect that an innocent girl's murder has upon her family and friends. The book explores our inability to accept any kind of difference and doesn't hold back. Knowing that it is inspired by a true story, made it all the more powerful. The author did the family of the girl who was murdered, proud. So sad. Makes you realise how life can be snapped away in an instant and we hav ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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L-J Lacey
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hate. There's too much hate in the world. Sadly this book was inspired by the true events of the brutal murders of Sophie Lancaster. In "Hate" two alternative 20 somethings ar beaten in a park just because of how they dressed. One dies. Rosie. This is the aftermath for Rosie's younger sister Eve and Anthony, the boy that stood on the sidelines and did nothing.

This book struck me to the core. I've walked in fear because of how I dress. I know people attacked because of their sexuality or how they
Sue Murdoch
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read 'Hate' in one sitting and could not put it down. It was a very honest book, particularly I felt from Anthony's role in the story. We would all like to think we'd be brave and do the right thing, but sometimes circumstances or even simply that we are just not as heroic as we'd like to be prevents us. My earlier review crashed and it's difficult to capture those thoughts again, but I do remember saying that this book makes us think about how appalling it must be to be caught up in real hate ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've always liked Alan Gibbons' books (The Dark Beneath is one of my favourite books) and he even visited my school once so I have a bit of a soft spot for him, so when I saw this book I was very eager to read it. Hate is based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster, and I think Gibbons controversial issues (especially homophobia) very well, and I found the topic of hate crimes both interesting and horrifying.

However, I did find the chapters rather short, and it's broken into lots of little sections
Barbara Band
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I seriously could not put this down ... started it on a train journey to London then sat in my car finishing it when I got back. Inspired by the tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster, who was killed just for looking different, this is a story about prejudice and bigotry featuring abuse, bullying and homophobia. The story is told from the point of view of several of the main characters but this isn't confusing at all as the different fonts make it very clear when the voice changes. It's fast-pac ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, it brings light to the issue of prejudice in todays society. A good underlying theme which makes you question the actions you would take if you were to be in the same position. this book takes a look at the way words and stereotypes influence people. However there was a major fault in this book. Almost halfway through this book i had already predicted the outcome (which in fact happened to be correct). I would have enjoyed this book more thoroughly if the ending had not been ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Alan Gibbons. Based on the true story of the murder of teenager Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend for simply being Goths, this adds extra oomph to the story. It is a powerful story of hate crimes and where they lead to, (including homophobia). This book is beautifully written and observed, gives no slick solutions or answers, but shows the terrible consequences of prejudice. Teens will be gripped by the story - a must have for your shelves.
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Alan Gibbons is an author of children's books and a Blue Peter Book Award. He currently lives in Liverpool, England, where he used to teach in a primary school. His father was a farm laborer, but was hurt in an accident when Alan was eight years old. The family had to move to Crewe, Cheshire where Alan experienced bullying for the first time. He began to write for his pupils as a teacher, but neve ...more

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