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Read the whole series! Angie Thomas’s #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning debut inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. The highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas is about a teen girl whose dreams of a career in rap music turn into a desperate necessity when her family home burns down. Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. Two stories, one remarkable family saga—the paperback box set of the #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose. An illustrated, guided journal that takes aspiring writers from idea to draft, featuring writing prompts, tips, and more.

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“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

“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

“Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book.” — Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award-winning author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

“This is tragically timely, hard-hitting, and an ultimate prayer for change. Don’t look away from this searing battle for justice. Rally with Starr.” — Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

“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. This story is necessary. This story is important.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“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)

“Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Pair this powerful debut with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s ALL AMERICAN BOYS to start a conversation on racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“The Hate U Give is 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.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)

“Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel that will similarly galvanize fans of Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down and Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys.” — Horn Book (starred review)

“Ultimately the book emphasizes the need to speak up about injustice. That’s a message that will resonate with all young people concerned with fairness, and Starr’s experience will speak to readers who know Starr’s life like their own and provide perspective for others.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (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)

“The story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who sees her childhood best friend fatally shot by a police officer, is compelling, thought-provoking, and conversation-enabling. One readers are sure to be talking about for a long time.” — Brightly

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray; 1st edition (February 28, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062498533
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062498533
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13+ years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL590L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 0.042 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
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Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the number one most important novel that I’ve read so far in 2018.
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The Hate U Give is, without a doubt, the number one most important novel that I’ve read so far in 2018, and it’s very unlikely that anything is gonna take its crown by the time December rolls to a close. The realistic characters, put together with the heart-wrenching plot made it a fantastic read. I found that if I wasn’t laughing I was crying, and if I wasn’t crying, I was seething. Thomas sends readers on an emotional rollercoaster with this book and I absolutely do not regret jumping on for the ride. I’ve already agreed to borrow this to my older brother and my dad, hoping that they’ll enjoy it as much as I did. I’ll definitely be seeing the movie adaptation once it’s released in the UK and I hope it does the book – alongside the many families who unfortunately can relate to this text – justice.

One of the biggest reasons I enjoyed THUG so much, was the Carter’s family dynamic. They’re filled with so much love and care for one another that it brought the entire story together. To go through something so difficult at such a young age, it’s no surprise that Starr ends up struggling immensely with guilt and her sense of belonging. Even though she doesn’t know anybody who understands what she’s going through, the support she receives from her mother, father and brothers was beyond beautiful to read. They may have been strict and didn’t at all hold back in asserting their role as her parents, it’s clear that their only concern was Starr’s happiness and safety.

In addition to that, was the character development. We see the main character go from this teenage girl who feels like she has to have two personalities to fit into the two different social groups she belongs to, to someone who becomes comfortable enough to allow all of their friends into their world completely and learns to be proud of who they are deep down. It wasn’t only Starr’s personal journey that we get to witness though. It was also her father, her brother and her friend, DeVante, who by the end of the novel were all different to how they started. To have a front seat in the story of their growth as individuals and as a group was amazing.

The amount of stereotypes in the novel made me question it at first. However, I realized that they played a huge role in the story. Yes, Thomas portrays black characters as having their own dialect, being drug dealers and basketball players, their neighborhoods being incredibly violent and dangerous, but, none of this justifies the fact that the police officer murdered an unarmed child – Khalil. In real life, the media (and the system in general) label black victims of racism with all these stereotypes and more, using them as reasons why they were targeted or seen as suspicious, reasons why police officers (who spend years training for how to react in volatile situations without ending a life), panic out of fear. I interpreted the author’s inclusion of the stereotypes as a way to show that although this all may have been true in Khalil’s case, the police officer is still nothing more and nothing less than a murderer.

If it isn’t obvious, the book made me very, very angry. It got to the point sometimes where I had to put it down and take a break. Something about me is that I get really invested in things that aren’t real, whether that be a novel or a TV show or a film, or even a news story that has nothing to do with me. That same thing happened here. Certain moments made me want to grab a bullhorn and scream at the top of my lungs, others made me cry so hard I couldn’t even see the page. Starr’s interview with the police, the murderers father speaking out, Hailey – all these things had me reaching for a pencil and scribbling inappropriate words into the margins. The Hate U Give, made me feel. A lot. And I loved that.

There were some aspects of the novel which I appreciated, but that others may be put off by. One of these, was the fact that none of the characters were perfect. Every single one was flawed, and the reason this only made me fall even more in love with the story is that it’s so realistic. We’re all human and we all have faults in our behaviors and beliefs. Much like the use of the stereotypes, this only goes to show that no matter what, murder is murder, and murder is wrong. The second thing that some readers may consider a deal-breaker, was the dialect. The novel is written from Starr’s perspective, and she talks like the stereotypical Black-American teenager. Despite the fact that I myself am used to hearing people talk this way, it was still a little strange getting through the first chapter as I’ve never read the voice before. However, it was easy to get used to and eventually I didn’t even notice it. The plot is so intense that the style of writing was like background noise.

All in all, The Hate U Give was a wonderful book. Heartbreaking, hilarious, infuriating and wonderful. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars and telling you with an aggressive amount of passion to read it as soon as you’re able. Tell all your friends I said to read it, tell your family I said to read it, and then read it again yourself.
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