8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Absolutely riveting! --Jason Reynolds
Stunning. --John Green
This story is necessary. This story is important. --Kirkus (starred review)
Heartbreakingly topical. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A marvel of verisimilitude. --Booklist (starred review)
A powerful, in-your-face novel. --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.
And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.
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A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.-- "John Green, New York Times bestselling author"
A page turner brimming with pop culture references and humor...I marveled at the balancing act between dead-serious politics and concerns familiar to kids and former kids of all backgrounds...There's plenty for readers of all ages to enjoy.-- "New York Times Book Review"
A fresh first-person perspective to a modern-day tragedy...With brilliant storytelling and deft accuracy, Thomas captures the tone of Starr's neighborhood in a time of crisis.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
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.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense...Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
Beautifully written in Starr's authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr's natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
An important and timely novel that reflects the world today's teens inhabit. Starr's struggles create a complex character, and Thomas boldly tackles topics like racism, gangs, police violence, and interracial dating. This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries.-- "VOYA (starred review)"
Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel.-- "Horn Book (starred review)"
Bahni Turpin's narration of this scene is poignant and horrific as unarmed Kahlil questions the officer's stopping him and the officer becomes aggressive and shoots him three times in rapid succession...Turpin's portrayals of all the characters are rich and deep, environments are evocatively described, and Starr's fraught struggles to understand life's complexities are believable. Many intense, difficult moments are relieved by the humor and the warmth of Starr's unique family. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Turpin perfectly captures dialect, cadence, and slang, providing each individual with nuanced tones.-- "School Library Journal (audio review)"
Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book.-- "Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award-winning author"
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, coauthor of All American Boys"