Hate U Give, The

Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.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.


Reviewed: 2021-02-04
Reviewed: 2020-11-04
This book needs to be on everyone's list. Not just for YA readers.

The characters feel like real people; I can see them so clearly. I loved them all!
The plot is so relevant and so well-timed. It is important. You can tell it was written from the heart.

“Even if he was, I knew that boy. Watched him grow up with you. He was more than any bad decision he made,” he says. “I hate that I let myself fall into that mind-set of trying to rationalize his death. And at the end of the day, you don’t kill someone for opening a car door.”

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,” she says. “It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.”

“I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak."
Reviewed: 2020-08-17

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Reviewed: 2019-11-13

Devastating Truths of Garden Heights


 The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas is full of everything a teenager like me would like.  It was published on October 19, 2018. This book has 444 pages and was published by Harper Collins. Angie Thomas has only written a few books, but they all have the same effect on the reader. This book, for the most part, made me feel neutral, but there were times where it would be very suspenseful, and I was nervous about what would happen next.  The main character in this book has a pretty good life at first, but she ends up going through hell and back after what happens. It’s newer, but it focuses on events, including racism, that are a part of our society still to this day. What I love the most about this book is it talks about all true things that actually happen and things that can occur.  Many tragedies like the one in this book can relate to many people out there. Shootings are very common in our world today. This book also shows how drugs are killing people very quickly and how they ruin lives in the blink of an eye. I love that Angie Thomas put this in the book to show young kids and teenagers the reality of drugs and what they can do.


The main character is put through a lot with all of these things around her on a daily basis.  Her family and friends live around this life every day. Other than this book showing the reality of drugs and violence, it shows that no matter who you are, be yourself. you don’t have to fit in for anybody. This book teaches a lot of good lessons. The book can make you feel grateful for what you have The main character had to go through a lot. she lost some of her friends due to horrible incidents, and she is a minority at her new school.

Dominic Carozza '19

Reviewed: 2019-09-09

“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
Starr is 16 years old, one night after a party the police stop her and her friend with no reason, he felt threatened by her black friend and ended up killing him. He was unarmed, he was another victim of racism. She just saw her best friend get killed and she’s afraid of the consequences of speaking the truth and don’t even know if it will make any difference. This book has a strong message and the popularity around it is well deserved. I wasn’t aware of a lot of topics that this book talks about but the most important one I can mention is how the police keeps killing black people with impunity, the institutional racism and the broken criminal justice system when police violate civil rights of minorities and have no consequences is heartbreaking. Is a nonfiction story influenced by the #blacklivesmatter movement but the writing is so good that you end up feeling is a real story. I wanted to put in this photo a few names of people that has suffered the consequences of the brutality of racism in hands of the police in USA. I’m now more aware of the sad truth of what’s happening right now. We have to admit that racism still exists and hear the oppression to break the silence. Love and respect the people around you, let your actions be louder!!!
The voice is there...dare to hear it and raise yours to honor the names of the stories of injustice. This is happening, this is an important book, go and read it if you haven’t already. 

Reviewed: 2019-02-26
I enjoyed the book, especially the last part when the riot was going on. I feel like this book's greatest attribute is to introduce why black people have a fear of the police. There is this gapping wound America that lies in the subconscious of both white and black Americans. I really appreciated the idea that the book puts forward that to say one policeman is bad is not attacking every single policeman. In turn the book shows that there are bad people who are black, but not everyone who is black is bad, there communities have people in them just like you other races. Until we as a people recognize how and why the racial divide in America is large, we as a nation will still suffer from that gapping wound. An open mind and understanding is needed from all and I think this book helps lay the groundwork for that.
Reviewed: 2019-01-14
3 stars for the writing/story. 4 stars for what it's trying to do, and how many young adults will read this and hopefully think a little clearer about police brutality.
Reviewed: 2018-08-17

I was given a copy of this title, free, en exchange for my honest opinion. 

his is another book that talks about a white police officer shooting a black male. But make no mistake, it is also a book that stands out on its own. You have probably already heard of this book, as it came out and took the world by storm. I am not one that ever feels that a book deserves a bunch of hype, but in this case I can understand it. It is good for so many reasons, but it is not a perfect book. (I have yet to find one that is.) 

Starr is at  party in her neighborhood when shots are fired. Her old friend, Khalil is there with her and quickly gets her out and safely away. While heading to her house or her father's store, they are pulled over by a white officer for  a busted headlight. While Starr is mentally reciting the lessons of how to behave when pulled over by the police, it is apparent that Khalil did not receive those lessons.  As the police is making his way to the car, Starr does ask if there is any drugs in the car. What could have simply been a routine stop quickly escalates into a homicide. This is due to both Khalil's mouthiness and the officer's fear/prejudice/choice. 

**With the rising number of shootings, people -black people in particular- have been having conversations with their kids about what to do when you are pulled over by the police? Is it necessary? If you have taught your kids to be respectful of authority then no it's not. Because, regardless of your opinion of the police or your socio-economic circumstance the police are in a position of authority. EVEN IF YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. I have been pulled over before and was told that I resembled a suspect that the police were looking for. No I didn't believe them, but I was still respectful. Sometimes, it's not about being right, it's about doing the right thing.**
Starr then struggles with how to reconcile what has happened, with the way the world reacts and how the police handle the situation. It's murder to Starr and every other black person that was not there that night. But the police do not see it as such. This brings up a lot of emotions, one that just didn't make much sense to me. She felt that by being with Chris, she was somehow betraying Khalil. After a year of dating, you're just not realizing that your boyfriend is white and now you think you're betraying your race? In reality, all of these feelings would have come up at the beginning of their relationships and not now, and they would have been resolved  by this point. Especially with Big Mav as a dad. So, I'm calling flag on the field. 

**I am with a white man, I have two biracial babies. My dad always had something about white people. I did not go to a school that was dominantly white, but I was constantly the only black person around.  And before anyone thinks that you only date white guys cause that's all you're around, bull. It's a choice to date outside of your race-regardless of what your race is. It doesn't happen by accident, so you can't wake up one day and realize dude my boyfriend's white. Yes, there are some things that make the differences in race more apparent.  But I'm calling foul on Starr's sudden realization. **

As Starr deals with the loss of Khalil and with what the news is reporting about him, she is learnign that there is more to him than even she knew about. And she has to come to terms to that. At the same time the communities around her are reacting. Either by trying to figure how to deal with the anger and the hurt that they feel or by trying to get justice in a situation that is all too familiar to them. 

This is bringing to light so many things for Starr, not just with her community, but with her family and her fellow classmates. She is learning so much,  she is learning to use her voice but most importantly, she is joining the conversation. 

This book is powerful, not just because of the content of its pages. It is joining the conversation. It is lifting back the covers and giving the world an inside peek at how things really are -as much as  a work of fiction can. The Hate U Give acts as a window into Starr's story that is at once all to familiar and completely foreign-depending on a reader's own experiences.  Thomas does an amazing job in creating characters that are real and emotionally authentic.  She has taken a situation that is in itself already complex and controversial and pulled back to give 360• view of it. There's surprises. there's humor and there's truth. Truth about the pain, the anger and the feeling of being lost in your own world. 

Reviewed: 2018-07-24

You need to read this book. I waited too long to read this book. When everyone first started talking about it, no one really said what it was about. I mean, obviously it was about racism, and I put it on my to-read list when one of my coworkers said it was important.... but I finally started going to the library again and still had to put a hold on it in order to get my hands on it. So, I should have read it sooner because I need everyone else to read it to. I know I have this connected to facebook- yep, I'm breaking that 4th wall- and I need you to read this book if you haven't already. I don't care what kind of books you normally read or how long you have to wait until for your hold to come in at the library- YOU, my friends and family on Facebook, need to read this book. It is that important. It is also exceptionally well-written, captivating, and all the other words the critics have used to describe it. But it is also important. This book is why books are important. And everything in this book is true. Don't try to let yourself slide into believing that this stuff is exaggerated or "only one side of the story" or anything else. This book speaks only Truth, and I know it because I work in a community only slightly less violent than this. There have been instances of gang violence at school events. One of my students wrote an essay for class about the work they did to bring justice to her cousin- a 14 year old boy, shot dead through a vehicle that was driving away from a party in Dallas. My students make jokes about how many Black cards I have and they and my coworkers explain things to me that I don't understand. So if you don't believe it from what you see Black people saying online, than believe it from me: this book speaks Truth that you need to hear. Read it. Read it and stop feeding the The Hate that they are given.

Reviewed: 2018-04-24

Pretty good. I read it more for the relavent issue than the actual book. There was nothing exceptionally bad about the book, but there was also nothing about it that moved me. I did like it when Starr and Maya called Hailey out for her racism. 

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