The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Balzer + Bray
February 28, 2017

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.

One thought on “The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

  1. Adriana E. Ramirez on why readers love ‘The Hate U Give’, Los Angeles Times:
    One of the biggest young adult novels in the country — having sold more than 63,000 copies since its debut in February — deals with a young girl facing off against an institutional conspiracy to oppress her people. The teenage heroine gets dragged into a cultural rebellion and does her best to find her voice and her place within this rebellion to save and protect her family and community — all while negotiating the typical dramas of high school (boyfriends, friends, dances and varsity sports).

    But “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas isn’t set in a dystopian future, parallel universe, sci-fi realm or fantasy world. “The Hate U Give” takes place in the contemporary inner cities and “urban war zones” of our own country. Although, to be fair, given the stratification of our cities, for some out in the suburbs, the urban centers may as well be Mars.

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