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The Hate U Give Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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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
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- 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 powerful debut - School Library Journal.
This story is necessary. This story is important. - Kirkus Reviews.
Heartbreakingly topical - Publishers Weekly.
An important and timely novel that reflects the world today’s teens inhabit.- VOYA .
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.
“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))
- Lexile Measure : HL590L
- Grade Level : 9 - 12
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062498533
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062498533
- Product Dimensions : 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; 1st edition (February 28, 2017)
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What a missed opportunity by the author to present a book that challenges misconceptions....ON BOTH SIDES. This book was completely biased and 100% anti-police. So biased I almost quit halfway through but persevered at 2.0X speed on Audible just in case there was some redemption by the end. Nope.
-The fictional victim and his friend have to quickly leave a party WHERE SOMEONE IS MURDERED during a fight. This is the neighborhood at the center of the story. It’s extremely dangerous. (Note that the characters in the book don’t ever discuss or consider that any police in the area that night are likely well aware that a shooting has just taken place at a party...and are probably a little on edge because of it)
-The victim was a drug dealer and was, at a minimum, affiliated with active gangs. (Later, they downplay this fact with a story about how he is only doing it to help his Mom. Well, apparently his Mom also wanted him to get those new fancy shoes and jewelry.) Yes, it would not be possible for the policeman to know he was a drug dealer during the traffic stop. No, it’s not directly relevant to the fact that he was shot. But again, context matters, and the context of this neighborhood is one where there are a relatively high percentage of gang members and drug dealers. In other words, it is dangerous.
-Once pulled over the victim was evasive and refused to answer basic, standard questions that are not unusual for a traffic stop (“Where ya coming from” and he answers “Nunya (business)”. The policeman asked him to get out of the vehicle, he didn’t immediately comply and was pulled from the vehicle.
-The victim was unarmed
-It was nighttime
-The victim opened the car door and was leaning back inside while the policeman returned to his vehicle to check the ID
-The policeman then clearly overreacted and shot him multiple times.
The policeman overreacted. Yes. I think most people will agree with this. The problem I have with the book is the level to which he was proclaimed a Murderer with a capital M. The author doesn’t understand what murder means.
His overreaction is totally apparent in HINDSIGHT only. What was he thinking in the moment? When he had a split second to react, and didn’t know what this person (acting evasively) was reaching into his car to grab? What would YOU or I do in this situation? Its easy to sit on your couch when reading an Amazon review and think “well, I would assume the best of the situation and not overreact”. In the moment? Doubtful. Police are humans, after all. Some are bad, no question. The majority are not. This book does a poor job of exploring the possibility that he was scared for his life in that moment.
I can’t imagine a more dangerous situation for a police officer. It’s nighttime. You are in an area that is known to be extremely violent. Any interaction is going to be possibly dangerous and potentially deadly. All facts that are so well understood by the characters in the story that they MOVE OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY THE END OF THE BOOK DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS.
So we establish that the neighborhood is unbelievably dangerous. We also establish that the victim did not deserve to die at any level. But we should also the say that a police officer during a traffic stop doesn’t know a person’s intentions. A police officer doesn’t know who is in the car, doesn’t know what they are going to do. Especially under these circumstances...It is reasonable for me to understand that a police officer thought his life was in danger when the driver suddenly reached back into his car unexpectedly.
Are there bad police officers in the world? Of course. Are there bad neighborhoods that create situations that cause police to be more on edge in potentially dangerous situations? That’s true too. You’re an idiot if you think otherwise.
The story was fine and the characters were mostly likeable. A lot of cliches. Bad writing (oh, the rose bush that the dad keeps tending to represents the family! ...Eye roll...)
It was an easy read. But I was hoping for a book that would challenge preconceived notions on both sides. Total failure.
At best, this is a book that should just be ignored. At worst, it is dangerous and furthers a broken mindset where police are the enemy. The central character is a hero at the end for throwing tear gas at the police? The police that are in her neighborhood trying to stop rioters from burning down businesses? Nothing in this book makes sense.
Several times I was tempted to not finish but then I'd remember how this book had earned five stars with over 3k reviews so I kept at it thinking there would be a payoff at the end. There was NOT.
For starters, our protagonist was not at all likeable or endearing. I did not care one iota about any of the characters. While I don't condone Khalil getting shot, it was easy to see why - late at night in a bad area of town with a driver smarting off and disregarding the officer's instructions - anyone might have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion. It was definitely not murder IMHO.
As a white person, I actually found myself wondering 'am I a racist?' as I read this book because I was continually turned off by the manner of speaking throughout. IF you want respect from the world writ large then speak intelligently. I'm reading Michelle Obama's wonderful book right now and she alludes to this very thing. Her parents taught her the importance of proper grammar, showing respect and getting a good education.
Now, all that said I do believe blacks in this country get a raw deal at times, a very raw deal. Injustice? Absolutely. Rogue cops? I have no doubts. But unless and until the black community gets up in arms about the role they themselves play, progress will be nil. Just look at Ferguson and elsewhere what with rioting and looting and destroying cars and businesses.
Um. Yeah, right. A perfect way to get others to respect your point of view. Not at all.
Top reviews from other countries
One evening, Starr gets a lift home from a Garden Heights party from her childhood best friend, Khalil. When their car is pulled over by a white police officer, Starr is instantly fearful - and she's right to be. The officer shoots Khalil dead, and Starr is the only witness. The relative stability of her life is shattered, both at home and at school, and the implications of Khalil's death and Starr's testimony against the police have an alarming ripple effect as tension mounts and danger builds.
This is a powerfully honest and important book, seemingly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It has Starr's strong and distinctive voice - bright, perceptive and funny - at its heart and a vivid cast of characters who feel real and credible from their very first appearances on the page.
There are few absolutes here: you'll be hard pushed to find a character who is 100% saint or sinner and motives and circumstances are often complicated. Starr's Uncle Carlos, for example, also happens to be a cop; her father Maverick, who now runs a successful grocery store, is a former gang member. The Hate U Give raises many questions, some of them uncomfortable, and it's rightly uncompromising in its portrayal of racism, whether it's outright victimisation, institutional prejudice or casual assumptions.
The Hate U Give is aimed primarily at teenagers (and I'd make it compulsory reading in schools, personally) but it's every bit as thought-provoking and absorbing for adults: it's a remarkably detailed exploration of the black working class experience in the US. This book made me angry and it made me sad (and if you're a white person like me and you feel neither of those things when you read this book, you really ought to take a long hard look at yourself), but it also left me feeling hopeful that the future is in the hands of activists as smart, brave and passionate as Starr.
Thomas writes SO well. I felt that I was reading from the perspective of a teenager, and while it was hard to get my head around some of the common slang found in black culture and the common 'tropes' it was an interesting insight into how gang warfare has come about, and the true injustices that PoCs face. The truth about white privilege and ignorance was hard to read of course. But it needs to be in order for change to happen. I loved the feeling of family that this book highlighted, not just in Starr's home, but in the whole community. Te relationship between Starr's mother and father was a joy to read. The idea of two worlds that Starr lives in is really clever too and seeing the personality changes and her awareness of that was both sad and eye-opening.
As I said, this book didn't totally bowl me over. Some of the humour was good but some of it a little cheesy, and I feel like Thomas took a lot of racial frustrations out on EVERY white character, including Chris who was pretty much reduced to 'Am I allowed to say this? I can say that too? Please feel free to mock me how you like but do tell me if I'm overstepping any lines.' It was interesting to recognise ignorance within the white characters though and realise that I have seen friends or have done some of those things myself. Books like this will open minds and start discussions and for me this is what I want from a book.
It’s not just the timeliness and poignancy of the story, but the characters which make this book so incredibly readable and wonderful. In the first instance, Starr is just someone you want to be friends with, and there is a real focus on her family, who are all fantastic characters in their own right, as well as being amazing in their supporting roles. Everyone in the book felt fleshed out and important, from her ex-drug-dealer father to her Asian best friend, and they all had their own storylines that ultimately fed into the wider plot. Basically, this is some complex writing that will still have you tearing through it to find out what happens – which is a surprisingly rare thing to find. I teared up on more than one occasion; anyone who has followed #BlackLivesMatter will recognise just how *real* this story is, which makes it all the more heartbreaking, but I also felt like it left room for hope, too.
I know I'm not the target audience, but I still want to believe that you shouldn't have to try so hard to reach them. Still there's much to praise here, even if Starr's parents send her straight back to school the day after witnessing a murder when she is clearly exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. I just wish the author had trusted that her teen readers don't need things hammered home with soap-opera tropes in order to get the point.