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The Hate U Give Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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From the Publisher
The Hate U Give
- 8 Starred Reviews
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- New York Magazine - 11 Young-Adult Books for Stoking the Feminist Fire
- The Fader - 7 Writers of Color You Should be Reading in 2017
- Teen Vogue - 10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017
- Entertainment Weekly - 20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017
- Bustle - 16 Young Adult Novels to Read in 2017, According to YA Authors
- Featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and more!
Meet the Author
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 is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.
A message that will resonate with all young people concerned with fairness - Bulletin Center for Children's Books.
A powerful, in-your-face novel - Horn Book.
Thomas’s clear and honest writing moves beyond sound bites to represent the real people and communities behind the headlines - Shelf Awareness.
A marvel of verisimilitude - Booklist.
“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))
About the Author
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing. The Hate U Give is her first novel. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com
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I recommend this book to everyone because it was loaded with so much imagery and realistic situations that have happened in our society. From police brutality to racism and protests, this book had my darn head spinning. I laughed, cried and got angry. But at the end, I felt satisfied because even if things don't go your way, you can never stop working harder for changes to come. I wish this book was 700 pages long (JK) because I was unhappy that the story was ending. This is one of my top favorite books. Angie Thomas hit the nail on the head on every topic that needed to be addressed (e.g. the fried chicken comment -- my reaction: "SAY WHAT?!")
Teens should read this book. College students should read this book. Adults should read this book. Heck, even lawyers should read this book (yes, I will recommend this book to my former law school classmates because this book was deep and touches on the law).
Overall: EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
This book is like..you'd think the publishers gave a plot outline to a 40 year-old Midwestern housewife whose favorite channel is Fox News and went "Here! Pretend you're a 16 year old black girl and write this book!"
Why does it have to be so extreme? Why does the author need to fit hundreds of stereotypes into a handful of characters? It's insulting. Of course there's a pit bill! And Jordans! And they play basketball! And they say stuff like "aight" and "bubble guts"! And dad used to be a gang member! And there's a Lebrun/Kobe divide in their household! And they listen to Salt n' Pepa and Jodeci and they drive tinted out SUVs with rims. Give me a break. It's like the author had a checklist of black culture and stereotypes she had to include and just inserted at random.
There's no depth or nuance anywhere in this book. Everything is so IN YOUR FACE. I don't read a lot of YA fiction.. but if this is how the writing style is, that's like an insult to young adults.
I'm so shocked this has such a high rating on Goodreads and now I'm convinced the majority of Goodreads users must be 16 year old schoolgirls from Idaho or something.
This book is terrible. The plot is ok, and the subject matter is vital and needs to be addressed. I would've loved to see what the authors of "Americanah" and "Homegoing" could've done with this plot. The Hate U Give just ended up being cliche and a parody of itself. It was offensive.