The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Eight Starred Reviews!
- "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds
- "Stunning." —John Green
- "This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
- "Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- "A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)
- "A powerful, in-your-face novel." —The 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.
Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
As we continue to fight the battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America, THE HATE U GIVE serves as a much needed literary ramrod. Absolutely riveting!Jason Reynolds, bestselling coauthor of All American Boys
Though Thomas’s story is heartbreakingly topical, its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true about their lives with the way those lives are depicted—and completely undervalued—by society at large.Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In her debut novel, Angie Thomas creates what might be one of the decade’s most vivid voices in YA fiction. Though the appalling scenario depicted here is sadly familiar, Thomas’s clear and honest writing moves beyond sound bites to represent the real people and communities behind the headlines.Shelf Awareness (starred review)