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The Hate U Give

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A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards

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.

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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K Jay It is not preachy at all. But then again it is a topic that can stand to be preached about since lots of people seem to miss the point, and are not…moreIt is not preachy at all. But then again it is a topic that can stand to be preached about since lots of people seem to miss the point, and are not empathetic AT ALL.
This is a wonderfully told story, with lots of different perspectives. Thought provoking. It does not capitalize on the social/political/racial issues. Although, all 3 need attention, because we STILL deal with these issues everyday.(less)
lucky little cat It's a remarkable book. If you're considering buying it for your own middle-grader, I'd suggest that you read it too. Your son or daughter will have…moreIt's a remarkable book. If you're considering buying it for your own middle-grader, I'd suggest that you read it too. Your son or daughter will have questions, not necessarily about the swearing or the sex, but almost certainly about the racism.

Profanity and sex are handled responsibly by the author. And the racism is too. (less)
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chai ♡
When you're reading books like The Hate U Give, you're reading someone's decision against silence.

This book has made me feel every single possible emotion at the same time. It was truly incredible and I have SO MUCH to say about it I wish I could actually just send everyone a howler containing the entire script of this book instead.

What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?

In all honesty, The Hate U Give has made me realize just how simply
Emily May
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The truth casts a shadow over the kitchenpeople like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.
Maybe this can be it.

There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged
Emma Giordano
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a MUST READ for 2017 releases.

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.

I love Starr Carter so much. She's honestly such an inspiration to girls looking to find their voice. She is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today. Although she is not
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, important, 2017
What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?

Every white person on this planet needs to read this book.

"Lack of opportunities. Corporate America don't bring jobs to our communities, and they damn sure ain't quick to hire us. Then, even if you do have a high school diploma, so many schools in our neighbourhoods don't prepare us well enough. Our schools don't get the resources to equip you. It's easier to find some crack than it is to find a good
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A hairbrush is not a gun.

This doesnt make any sense. And I hope that to you, too, it will not make any sense.

Starr may only be sixteen, but she has already witnessed two murders in her life: the first of a young black girl in a drive by and the second of a young black boy shot multiple times by a cop.

While she was in the car. Even though they didnt do anything wrong. Even though he was unarmed.

A hairbrush is not a gun.

Does that make any sense to you? You cant just kill someone because, to
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, contemporary
This was such a heartbreakingly honest account of what is happening in America right now. As a white reader, the experience this story affords its readers cannot be taken for granted. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes you into the heart of Garden Heights after the main character has witnessed the wrongful murder of her best friend Khalil by a police officers. Being Canadian, as well as being white, I have the privilege of not having to deal with any of the things Starr ...more
Adam Silvera
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Sabaa Tahir
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful, honest and fantastic book. One of 2017's shining stars for sure. Highly, highly recommend.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Privilege is invisible to those who have it
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I dont know if I can say anything about this book that hasnt been said before, and better.

Sometimes, a book transcends the typical criteria for a rating or review. Its not the plot, or prose, or characters that count, but the story itself. The sheer significance of the work negates any need to dwell on the details that tend to make a book what it is.

This is the best example of that phenomenon I can think of.

This is a story of unreal importance that came out exactly when it was needed and made
It has taken me a long while to compose this review, because this book is the most powerful book I've ever read. It is important, educational, and happening in our world right now as you're reading this review. If you can only read one book in 2017, please pick this one.

This book is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, where sixteen-year-old Starr witnesses her best friend, who is an unarmed black boy, be killed by a police officer. Starr is scared to speak up, constantly battling what
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-app, ya, contemporary
4.5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.

CONFESSION: I saw this book, I liked its cover, but when I read the synopsis I was like uhmI dont really think this is my type of book. But I added it to my TBR pile and forgot about its existence.
But here we are now.

The Hate U Give. That stands for THUG, right? Well, it does because Tupac said so.

The book
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2017
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to all year. If you are considering reading this one, listen to it. You wont regret it.
Larry H
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow.

In my life so far, I've had the opportunity to experience many different things, but there are certain things I'll never get/have to experience. For example, I'll never experience childbirth, not that I'm complaining, although I once had a cortisone shot in my hip flexor, and my orthopedist said she thought those hurt just as badly. (You can debate on that.)

I'm also fortunate enough that I'll never have to worry about the police viewing me as a threat as soon as they see me, just
C.G. Drews
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of the most hyped books in the existence of YA evers. And you know what? It is 5000% WORTHY of that hype and more and basically get thee to this book and read it as soon as possible. It perfectly combines a really important story about #BlackLivesMatter and speaking up for it with absolutely excellent writing and storytelling. Like, dude, this book is important and one of the best contemporaries.

So I have to admit: the character are what makes it that just something
Elyse  Walters
Audiobook: A VERY NON-TRADITIONAL REVIEW: - just sharing....not really a review...

My typical days are like boot camp lately -walking between 7-10 miles a day -PLUS an hour circuit weight resistance class ( 4 mile walk to class from my house) -- then I often walk to a cafe - eat & drink something - check-in with Goodreads -- try to touch base with this community- a few 'one-on- one' chatting exchanges--during my sitting break.
Sometimes I try to talk into the phone while I walk. Typos
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When you read a 444 page book in one day bc you cant put it down. Powerful.

Yeah, I dont think I can write a review for this one other than to say everyone (of a certain age/maturity) should read this. Poignant, important and timely.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
congratulations, 2017 goodreads choice winner in both best YA fiction AND best debut goodreads author!!

i rarely read realistic YA - if im going to read YA, i prefer fantasy or survival stuff where teens are in peril. but this was recommended to me by too many people to put aside "for later, and while there are plenty of teens in peril, this sure aint fantasy.

it earns every one of its rave reviews; its an important, timely book that doesnt feel as though it was thrown together in order to cash
"We are with you not against you
We only hope you got the common sense to
Realize we're unified
And realize we are here to back you
And not let anybody else attack you
So you know we're on your side
We're unified"
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Hate That U Give is an important story about humanity. As much as we think life is "us against them" it is really "us against us". Across all races there are good and bad people, wise and reckless decisions are made, opinions formulated, etc. But, in the end,
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was phenomenal. it completely lived up to the hype.

I have a lot of thoughts on this so here they are (keep in mind this is coming from an Asian American from the Bay Area):

I loved how educational it was. It really made you understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the reality of it. It hit every single point and put you right in the middle of it.

I also liked how Angie Thomas made brought up big points in really subtle ways. For example, Funny how it works with white kids
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
What can you say when you've read the book of the year, and one of the books of the decade? That's what most people would say. I am going by the consensus. Personally, I didn't think this book is a masterpeice. I still don't, after some headscratching. This book is good, but is it 'To Kill a Mockingbird' good?

I don't think so. There are some glitches in the book. There is an unnecessary mystery, where for the most part we don't know what really happened to Starr's friend. But as you see, I gave
After reading this book, I can certainly see what all the uproar is about. 'The Hate U Give' addresses the very sensitive issues of race relations and police brutality in a time when the nation is torn over these issues. Most of my friends are at one extreme or the other when it comes to the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Since I don't want to incite an online mobbing, I'm going to do my best to avoid that movement specifically, while sharing my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful book.

First of
R.K. Gold
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, talk about a book that can hit you with every emotion possible. Starr's character was so well written that every time she had to interact with her high school friends I cringed at their responses. This is an incredibly powerful book, not just for its political message but for the internal conflict Starr is struggling with. The story was so much deeper than that initial conflict, it really dug into who Starr is and why she feels guilty even though the reader is screaming at the pages "You ...more
Claudia Ramírez
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like a 4.5 :).

I loved this book so much. It made me see things from a different perspective. It educated me.
For all the white people who said this book was racist, let me tell you one thing : racism was invented by white people. You can feel prejudiced or discriminated against, but dont call it racism.

Im a biracial person - hi my dads familys from Vietnam. And as a biracial person I found this book quite hard to read sometimes mostly because of all the comments on interracial relationships. But now again, the way I have to deal with racism isnt the same way Black people have to deal with it, so
may ➹
UPDATE DEC 4/5, 2017

Yesterday I found out that this book has been banned in a Texas school district (Katy ISD). And honestly??? Im so angry right now. Yall probably dont know this, but I was born and currently live in Texas (hence my use of the word yall), so Im just extremely!! frustrated!! with the state I call home!!!!

The hypothetical reasons for this ban are really, truly, insanely stupid. They say that it might be because of sexual contentsex was literally mentioned only TWICE in this
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
whats the point of having a voice if youre gonna be silent in those moments you shouldnt be?

this book is an important and necessary portrait of culture and community, as well as a much needed inspection of the injustice of racism and violence.

its a hard-hitting story about a difficult subject which spares no courtesy in regards to the readers feelings. this book will make you uncomfortable and angry and sorrowful. it will make you re-evaluate how you see the world, others, and yourself.

May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While attending a Spring Break party, high schooler, Starr Carter, runs into her childhood best friend, Khalil.

They haven't seen each other in a while and Starr is happy to catch up with him. They used to be real close but drifted apart once Starr started attending a private school out of their neighborhood.

After a violent incident erupts, Khalil offers to give Starr a ride home, which she accepts. On the way, they get pulled over.

A nightmarish scene then plays out in front of Starr's eyes.
Federico DN
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The hate you send out into the world... it always comes back.

In this novel we learn the story of "Starr Carter", a young african american girl who lives in the poor and dangerous suburbs of Garden Hights, and one of the only color people in a privileged school. One fateful night, after leaving a party, she and a friend are stopped in a random police vehicle stop. A death will change young Starr's life forever, and, ultimately, the life of everyone in her neighborhood.

A very, very memorable
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Authentic, funny, and occasionally overlong. The Hate U Give is saturated with poignant messages about community, bravery, and the power of one voice.

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