The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice AwardsSixteen-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...

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Title:The Hate U Give
Author:Angie Thomas
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  • Adam Silvera

    GET READY, WORLD!

  • Emily May

    There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged

    There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged and unputdownable - books that are not

    as such, just really fucking good. But, on occasion, you find one of those rare wonderful creatures that is both important AND really fucking good.

    I could tell you that this book is inspired by the "Black Lives Matter" movement. I could tell you that it rips unapolegetically into a subject that needed to be ripped into - the shootings of unarmed black people by police officers, as well as racial bias in the justice system. I could tell you that it opened my eyes to aspects of white privilege I never considered. All of that needs to be said, for sure, but I feel like I'm doing this book a disservice by highlighting its sociopolitical importance over the fact that it's also a

    .

    I don't know what your experiences were as a child, but when I was young, I remember my parents giving me a talk about how if I was ever lost or in trouble, I should look for a police officer. They would protect me, look after me, and make sure I got back to my parents unharmed. They are the people in society we should be able to trust. But the black protagonist of this book - Starr - gets a very different talk. About how to behave around police officers so she doesn’t get arrested. Or shot.

    Unfortunately, her friend - Khalil - never got that talk.

    is about how Starr deals with the aftermath of witnessing Khalil being shot by a cop for... doing absolutely nothing wrong. Her fear is palpable as she confronts a system that she knows is working against her. She's afraid to speak out, yet angry that Khalil's murderer could escape justice. We see, through Starr's eyes, how the media presents young black men as guilty until proven innocent - and when you're poor, black, and from a rough neighborhood, it's virtually impossible to appear innocent.

    Though, at its heart, this book first and foremost captures the perspective of a scared young girl. A girl with a loving family, complicated friendships with white teenagers at her school, and a white boyfriend. The relationship dynamics run alongside the fight for justice and are no less compelling. Thomas deftly portrays complex, nuanced relationships between all the people in the book, considering the divides between Starr and her white classmates, but never allowing anyone to become cliche or one-dimensional.

    Little humorous gems lay scattered throughout the dialogue:

    What else can I even say? If you want to have your heart ripped out - read this book. If you want to read a great book about a girl dealing with family and relationships - read this book. If you want to cry, laugh, and then cry some more - read this book. If you're ready to change this stupid fucking world - read this book.

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  • Emma Giordano

    This is a

    for 2017 releases.

    I absolutely adored this book. I truly don't feel like it has a single flaw. Every topic addressed was approach so wonderfully and did not hold back. If you're looking for a diverse read that stands out amongst most YA,

    is the book for you.

    I love Starr Carter so much. She's honestly such an inspiration to girls looking to find their voice. She is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today. Although she is not comple

    This is a

    for 2017 releases.

    I absolutely adored this book. I truly don't feel like it has a single flaw. Every topic addressed was approach so wonderfully and did not hold back. If you're looking for a diverse read that stands out amongst most YA,

    is the book for you.

    I love Starr Carter so much. She's honestly such an inspiration to girls looking to find their voice. She is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today. Although she is not completely fearless, she embraces the adversity in her way and stands against it. I don't know many people who could juggle the stresses in her life and come out weapons (in this case, words) blazing. Every moment in this book just filled me with pride for this girl and it was a pleasure being able to watch her grow.

    I also love the family dynamic in this book. I think it honestly might be the most healthy, realistic, close-knit family I've ever read in a YA. The siblings may tease each other, but they protect each other fiercely. The parents may not always get along, but they are head over heels in love. They always attempt to do what is best for their children, even if it may not be their own personal preference. It was so nice to have just a scene of a family sitting down to watch sports together, throwing a pool party, always working together. It is something I truly valued from this read.

    The strongest aspect of this book is it's social commentary and political criticism. This is the kind of book that should be in the hands of teens, making them aware of current issues, educating them on pressing matters, and encouraging them to get involved to create change. I absolutely left this read with an entirely new perspective I will carry with me in the future. It poses many important questions about racism, police brutality, discrimination, and prejudice while also answering them in a comprehensive and inviting way. It was fascinating to see the integration of such a powerful movement implemented into an accessible form of media for teens. I truly don't think you can leave this book without SOMETHING that will have made you say "I never thought about it this way", "When you put it this way, that actually makes a lot of sense.", and "I'm glad someone finally told me this."

    Although this book is full of important moments related to the current state of marginalized populations, it is primarily about using your voice. I believe this book has the power to make readers realize just how much their words matter. Starr Carter is a perfect example of an individual who feels their voice does not matter but through courage, risk-taking, and ultimate strength, she realizes how crucial it is to speak up for what you are passionate about no matter how terrifying the consequences may seem. And I believe you will leave this book with that revelation as well.

    I cannot recommend this book enough. It's absolutely one of my favorite books of the year. I am so happy

    exists, and I'm even more ecstatic that it is a 1! NYT best seller, out in to the world, ready to help teens realize how important they really are. Please pick up "THUG". You will not regret it.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    This was such a heartbreakingly honest account of what is happening in America right now. As a white reader, the experience this story affords its readers cannot be taken for granted. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes you into the heart of Garden Heights after the main character has witnessed the wrongful murder of her best friend Khalil by a police officers. Being Canadian, as well as being white, I have the privilege of not having to deal with any of the things Starr

    This was such a heartbreakingly honest account of what is happening in America right now. As a white reader, the experience this story affords its readers cannot be taken for granted. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes you into the heart of Garden Heights after the main character has witnessed the wrongful murder of her best friend Khalil by a police officers. Being Canadian, as well as being white, I have the privilege of not having to deal with any of the things Starr deals with on a day to day basis but the experience of being alongside her as she grappled with the injustice of it all gave me a completely new understanding of what is going on in America. Canada has it's fair share of race issues as well and I obviously am not ignorant to it all, but this just felt like an honest firsthand account. It really is indescribable. This is such an important read and I highly encourage you to pick it up.

    I will do a full spoiler free review and spoiler discussion on my channel very soon.

  • Kai

    Every white person on this planet needs to read this book.

    Every white person on this planet needs to read this book.

    This book opened my eyes. I don't want to say too much, but I love how popular this book is, being No. 1 on the NYT bestseller list and already having cast Amandla Stenberg as the lead actress in the movie adaption. We need this, America needs this, YA fiction needs this. Angie Thomas gets so many things right, and so many readers can learn about black culture, cultural appropriation, covert and internalized racism and so much more through this.

    Apart from that, this book is simply

    . It could be a biography, that's how realistic it feels. The characters have depth, the plot isn't overly dramatic but still exciting. And honestly, it's so so hilarious. Doesn't matter if the characters are joking about Voldemort or getting their butts whooped by their parents, it's laugh-out-loud material. The first few pages might be a little difficult to get through because it takes a while to get used to the writing and the slang, but keep going, it's worth it. The thing is, I wasn't overly emotional while reading this. I didn't cry ugly tears, didn't have my heart broken. This is no TFIOS. But it's real and it's perfect.

    Another thing I love is when authors turn out to be huge Potterheads. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good Harry Potter reference, or five.

  • شيماء ✨

    This book has made me feel every single possible emotion at the same time. It was truly incredible and I have SO MUCH to say about it I wish I could actually just send everyone a howler containing the entire script of this book instead.

    In all honesty,

    has made me realize just how simply

    This book has made me feel every single possible emotion at the same time. It was truly incredible and I have SO MUCH to say about it I wish I could actually just send everyone a howler containing the entire script of this book instead.

    In all honesty,

    has made me realize just how simply clueless I was as to the continuing day-to-day actuality of systemic racism in America. A reality in which on any given day, some innocent person like

    can get shot hours before his high-school graduation because he was carrying

    , or another innocent person like

    can get into a car, and then three days later she is going to end up dead in jail, or

    can get shot and wounded after the police kills his mother. A reality in which justice is dead and the police kills black youth with impunity.

    And so many other real stories I read about that truly made the atoms making up my body have enough of being anchored to this awful reality in this human form and wish to move on, become a light wave or something.

    See, I don’t

    what it's like to be black in America, but I have 18 years of experience in being a brown Muslim woman and I can tell you this: being in the minority is like being stuck behind a glass wall and whenever an injustice occurs, you breathe onto it and you write it in HUGE letters in the condensation...but nobody seems to

    see it. Nobody seems to really see

    . You’re completely and utterly

    .

    is about institutional racism and a broken criminal justice system where the police can violate the civil rights of thousands of people publicly and openly

    It's about what happens when racialized and marginalized communities stand up for their rights in any visible way whatsoever. It’s about how piles and piles of evidence showing sustained corruption and racism and literally hundreds of civilian deaths per year at the hands of the police is still somehow

    enough to delegitimize a deeply flawed system.

    It's about how instead of standing in unwavering solidarity with the non-violent protests by Black Lives Matter in the face of actually violent, overtly discriminatory and often

    actions by the police and demanding societal redress and justice, there will always be people who will decry and get enraged by it, people who will try to justify those injustices by

    means to curb their own cognitive dissonance.

    I mean, this is the 21st century. We evolved. America had elected its first black president. Humanity must've left ‘racism’ back up in the trees from the jungles we descended from.... right?

    Maybe there just aren't many “social experiments” on YouTube where privileged folks get to dress up like oppressed groups and have cameras following them around in order to find out that racism is real, since apparently you really need the personal account of a white non-Muslim girl who tries on a hijab for a week

    or a straight person pretending to be gay to

    , or an able-bodied person pretending to be disabled

    You don't need any “social experiments” to understand oppression. You don’t need to plagiarize lived experiences when you can just

    . Not to the personal accounts filtered through a white person but

    to the testimonials of all the people of color across the globe who experience these issues first hand - no matter what their socio-economic standing is, and who are

    when they actually reach out to educate you even though they shouldn't even have to.

    should have to debate about whether or not they should have basic human rights.

    should be expected to be the mouth piece for an entire group.

    should have to defend their humanity at every single step, repeatedly and constantly.

    But

    And I don't usually comment on other people's reviews, but if you’ve read this book and chose to ignore the important message it conveys to get offended over the main character’s remark about the way white people call 'target'

    and “hey hey that’s racist!” because you think a harmless joke could possibly

    thousands of black lives unjustly killed every year at the hands of the police, or say “but what if it was the other way around?" when you have

    you are missing the point.

    Now you can justify your

    by bringing up the definition of racism like I’ve seen so many people do, but I don’t think dictionary definitions will help you there when they are the most basic forms of words and often can’t even be taken in a sociological sense.

    Just like how they won’t help with the usual cries of ‘reverse racism’ or even the moronic nonsense like trying to claim that anti-Islamic bigotry is not racist because “Islam is not a race”.

    It won’t change the fact that members of marginalized groups suffer under the yoke of all forms of social inequality, from racism to misogyny to ableism to so much more

    .

    It won't change the fact that these words are a constant, inevitable factors of the lives of the minority,

    found on different levels of existence,

    carrying various levels of trauma.

    I think

    said it best when he said that racism is bigger than just “

    ”. That it might look like

    but it is just one manifestation. And privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another.

    is another.

    , just like I won't forget all the

    stories this book has opened my eyes to.

  • Lola

    This doesn’t make any sense. And I hope that to you, too, it will not make any sense.

    Starr may only be sixteen, but she has already witnessed two murders in her life: the first of a young black girl in a drive by and the second of a young black boy shot multiple times by a cop.

    While she was in the car. Even though they didn’t do anything wrong. Even though he was unarmed.

    Does that make any sense to you? You can’t just kill someone be

    This doesn’t make any sense. And I hope that to you, too, it will not make any sense.

    Starr may only be sixteen, but she has already witnessed two murders in her life: the first of a young black girl in a drive by and the second of a young black boy shot multiple times by a cop.

    While she was in the car. Even though they didn’t do anything wrong. Even though he was unarmed.

    Does that make any sense to you? You can’t just kill someone because, to you, they look threatening. Are you a seer? Can you predict that they will reach for a gun and kill you with it?

    No, you cannot. (Even then it wouldn’t be completely right.) You have no right to take an innocent life like that.

    Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this important novel tackles issues of race in society involving the black community of people and authority figures, more precisely, police officers.

    Starr was never taught to fear cops, but she was taught to be smart around them. Do what they ask, even if what they ask for makes no sense.

    But because of what has happened to her childhood friend Khalil, she becomes scared. Scared enough to speak up about what she witnessed, though? Will she gather her courage to do what is right?

    This story needed to be told. It has been told orally and on paper many times before, unfortunately, but it was time someone wrote a book dealing with social issues of race like the ones here for a young audience.

    For young people are dying. Young black people. Black boys. Black girls.

    This novel educates. It may be fictional in the sense that Angie Thomas created this story using fictional characters, but what happens in it is scary real.

    It does feel like it was written for white folks, but it sure as hell didn’t need to be written for black ones specifically.

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  • may ❀

    I wanted to just clarify a few things from my original review bc I feel like some things were

    i'm not going to be like deleting mass amounts of the review, just adding like little captions for further explanation.

    Anyways, just ignore me.

    you don't understand how fricken sorry I am for having this fricken review reappear on

    I wanted to just clarify a few things from my original review bc I feel like some things were

    i'm not going to be like deleting mass amounts of the review, just adding like little captions for further explanation.

    Anyways, just ignore me.

    you don't understand how fricken sorry I am for having this fricken review reappear on your feeds, honestly I've GENUINELY considered DELETING it bc of all the misery its caused in my life (that's what I get for having a fricken opinion) but then what would that show about this community being open minded and tolerant to different voices?

    but I want to bring to attention something that I said some time ago in the comments that might have been perceived as hurtful and I honestly did not mean it in that way at all. (and no this isn't me trying to cover up anything, i'll explain)

    So, I commented something along the lines of how 'the world is reaching a point where coloured people are becoming more privileged that white people' and honestly, as a person who fits in multiple minority groups and is not black or white, I didn't MEAN that in the way it came out. I honest to goodness meant it as a hyperbole and it was written in a moment of haste and frustration. NEVERTHELESS, I take full responsibility if i was misunderstood.

    At the time, I was very irritated with the thread bc it felt like people were just commenting to insult me and had no care for my opinion or feelings or just any manners whatsoever. As you can probably see by scrolling through the comments (a lot of them are brash and immature) and I stopped replying and I even physically had to stop myself to coming back to read the comments bc they were making my life miserable.

    But I do realize how it could be interpreted in a harmful manner and I apologize if it was.

    Again, no one has to agree or believe me, I just wanted to take responsibility for my actions and be mature about it.

    I'M REALLY SORRY THIS IS BACK ON YOUR FEED. PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

    Before you start this review I’d like to ask you to put on your

    on for a moment.

    You’re not obliged to agree with me or disagree with me, but I would most definitely appreciate if you hear my arguments before you go ahead and give judgement.

    Also, I’m entitled to my opinions and you’re entitled to your opinions, and discussions are encouraged but please remember to keep it respectful.

    Kaythxhaveagooddaybai.

    Prepare for controversy.

    *I wanna get back to this point in the bottom

    There were numerous moments when Starr wanted to break up with her boyfriend Chris on the sole basis of, ‘he’s white.’

    Secondly, towards the ending of the book

    this conversation takes place:

    I understand that this scene is all in good fun, but it made me feel VERY uncomfortable while I was reading it.

    Now I want you to use those objective glasses we talked about earlier and

    tell me, that if this was reversed with races, everyone wouldn’t be flipping crap over it, because I’m positive they would.

    Here’s a rule I like the stick with: if I’d find it offensive if it was pinned on me, I don’t speak it. It’s not worth it to hurt someone for a silly joke.

    Now the reason why I found this to be irking to read was bc there was a moment in the book where a kid at school (i think it was Starr's friend??) made a

    joke and another moment where someone made some stereotypical asian joke. They were both hurtful and gross and they were called out by the other characters! Rightfully so!

    That's how harmful stereotypes should be dealt with, so seeing a scene where it's done, even in GOOD FUN, to a white person, it just...it feels wrong to me.

    Now most of the book felt very real. I was constantly impressed by how the author was able to convert reality into fiction, however there were parts of the book that I felt were just EXAGERATED in order to make the crime worse by tenfold.

    So towards the ending, havoc is being wrecked and the kids are in a really tight situation and in a few seconds, they are able to snap some fingers (while also doing really silly, questionable ish and then in 10 pages EVERYTHING is solved and i was still left reeling (i'm sure people who read the book know what i'm referring to)

    just, it seemed unrealistic and tiny of an ending for me

    I found this book to be very LONG for a contemporary. It took me over 20 days to finish this book and I DON’T take that long to finish books.

    It lost my attention one too many times and I thought could be condensed down to a 300 paged book rather than 400+ pages.

    ^so many people have talked about the definition of racism/discrimination/xenophobia etc. and honestly this stuff hurts my brain so i won't get into that stuff but I'm really all over the place rn, so let's simplify.

    What’s my point?

    My point is that I will stand

    racism, but I will stand against all types of racism.

    I will NOT stand for Black racism, or Brown racism, or Asian racism, or Arab racism, or White racism. One is as bad as the others and while I understand the message this book is trying to portray, making racist remarks about white people, even in passing, is not okay. That’s defeating the whole purpose.

    I've noticed a culture beginning to grow on social media esp. tumblr, twitter etc. in which people poke fun and say crap about white people with the idea that 'they are the race in control' so it's totally fine to make fun of them. And seriously guys its so icky.

    WHY CANT WE JUST BE NICE TO EACH OTHER SHEESH.

    It’s simple. Respect people, respect nations. Don’t point fingers or pass the cruelty you faced on to another; that doesn’t solve anything, it just makes it worse.

    I want to be in a world where everyone is comfortable enough to be themselves and be proud of their ethnicity without feeling alienated and pointing fingers at each other does NOTHING to help that.

    With that said,

    This review is just a girl ranting about her feelings, like how i do for every other book i read.

    On a positive note, I do feel that this entire book has a very very very strong and important message and the author conveyed it beautifully. The positive family dynamics was one of the best I’ve ever read about in YA. I would 11/10 recommend this book.

    It was very emotional to read about Starr’s journey and I very much enjoyed the book but you don’t need me to point of the positive aspects of this book. There are thousands of reviews doing just that, so that's why I reserved this review for the parts of the novel that made me uneasy.

    (i hope this stuff has cleared up some of the misunderstandings some people might have thought)

    in conclusion

    Thanks for listening all, I’d greatly appreciate your thoughts concerning the topic if you so please. :)

    3.5 stars!!!

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    So much hype with this book !!

  • Drew

    This is a book I've been avoiding reviewing.

    I finished

    a while back, rated it two stars, but never dared write any of my thoughts about it - why? Because

    When it seems like you're the only person in the world who didn't like a book, reviewing it can be a little intimidating.

    Also, this book focused on an incredibly sensitive topic nowadays - racism. Now, before I start making

    This is a book I've been avoiding reviewing.

    I finished

    a while back, rated it two stars, but never dared write any of my thoughts about it - why? Because

    When it seems like you're the only person in the world who didn't like a book, reviewing it can be a little intimidating.

    Also, this book focused on an incredibly sensitive topic nowadays - racism. Now, before I start making my points and telling you why I didn't like a book that is supposedly anti-racism, when I, myself, am anti-racist, let's go over the definition of "racism." According to the dictionary, racism is the

    If someone works at a coffeeshop and a customer comes in of a different race and they treat them badly,

    , that's racist. If someone says "you're stupid because you're ___ (insert race here)," that's racist. If someone thinks they're better than you

    , that's racism, folks.

    Now, if a person were to stop talking with someone because they felt uncomfortable with that person's skin color, wouldn't that be racism? Wouldn't treating someone with hostility just because of their race, something they can't help, and are born with, be racist?

    The person who said "you're white," who has no other reason besides this prejudice to be angry and stop talking to a white person, is Starr Carter, the narrator of this supposedly anti-racist book.

    After Starr's black friend, Khalil, is unjustly shot by a white police officer, Starr immediately zeroes in on the fact that

    Suddenly every white person looks evil to her and she worries that she, a black girl, could be killed next.

    Now, I love that this book focused on an unjust police shooting, but I think the author took a wrong turn when she decided to focus on "blacks" and "whites." My question is: why was the police officer's skin color the main focus of this book? Shouldn't the fact that he's a

    be the reason for Starr getting so angry about her friend's death? Black people are unjustly shot by police officers, yes, but so are white people. To quote a good article about the statistics of police shootings that you can read

    :

    It is not normal for a black person to be killed by a police officer, and when the officer won't own up to his mistake (like the one in this book), I am fully supportive of whatever non-violent protesting people want to do. What I won't support is the slogan that gets slapped on alongside these riots:

    or

    These statements are ludicrous and this book sent out both of those messages loud and clear.

    *takes deep breath and prepares for the onslaught of comments coming my way*

    Now that I'm done talking about the message, I can tell you what I thought about the book itself: It was boring. Seriously. I expected a fast-paced contemporary, but the plot was slow and the characters weren't developed enough for me to connect with them. With such weak writing,

    could have been about rainbows and unicorns and I still would have given it two stars.

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