The Hate U Give Paperback – 6 April 2017
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“The Hate U Give says more about the contemporary black experience in America than any book I have read for years.” ― Alex Wheatle, The Guardian
“[…] a powerful look at racism in 21st-century America.” ― The Observer
It's hard to see how this won't be the young adult novel of the year, if not the decade. Angie Thomas, a former rapper and a debut novelist from Jackson, Mississippi, has written a startling, important book about what it is to be black in America that manages to speak to everyone. It is also a rollicking thriller and a deeply enjoyable read. No wonder it has been at the top of the New York Times's young adult bestseller list for weeks. [...] It's suitable for mature 14-year-olds and should fly on to curriculums everywhere, for Thomas has written a classic in the making that demands to be discussed. ― The Times
“Topical, painful and important.” ― The Sunday Times
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- Item Weight : 309 g
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1406372153
- ISBN-13 : 978-1406372151
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Walker Books (6 April 2017)
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Angie Thomas expresses one of the several ways how the black community is seen and treated in this world through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl. The story is about Starr Carter who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend Khalil, and what she goes through post the murder.
The story poignant and so so beautifully written. The progression of the story was great, and the character dynamics was even better. One can't NOT fall in love with the characters, especially her family and her boyfriend.
What I loved the most about this book was how Starr grew and became stronger, and the support she was getting from the people around her warmed my heart.
I was left sad at the end because the story did not end the way I wanted it to. But when I look back to it now, I realize, that's how life is. One can never hope for a happy ending.
Angie Thomas' debut novel is part of my Top 10 fav books of all time. <3
Despite the grim subject that it covers the book does not leave a sense of despair. I was particularly happy with the accented English of the book. It just makes one talk like that for sometime. I would love to read more books by Angie Thomas.
but it’s also depressing that we get to see a lot of injustice going on in our society & the hate we give to each other that can’t be ignored
Starr a young high school girl witnesses something which is unfair, unacceptable & mostly unforgettable.
Khalil young & honest boy masked as THUG by this world as been shot to death by a police cop for no particular reason (maybe he’s black that’s what his fault is ?) !
Will starr ever have a Voice & fights for her best friend,will Khalil ever get justice ¿
It unmasks the ugly truths through which our society is driven into darkness, it speaks bout racism, injustice, drugs, thugs, violence..........
Apart from all these what i loved is that this book is a truth, a fact that need to be told ! & Angie Thomas did it she’s truly the diamond shining on every page, on every line of the book.
i love the father & daughter relationship particularly it’s extra cute & lovely to read
i would like to highlight few quotes from the book which i loved the most.
~Faith isn’t just believing but taking steps towards that belief.
~Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it means you go on even though you’re scared.
~sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. the key is to never stop doing right.
Damn this book is the powerhouse for inspiration !
Chapter 16 is my favorite....just saying in case you wanna know.
Yeah, I don’t think I can write a review for this one other than to say everyone (of a certain age/maturity) should read this. Poignant, important and timely.
I don't wanna say much about it because I think it will spoil it.
It was heartbreaking to read and feel all that was happening in the book. This book has so much depth to it. All the characters and scenes in it felt so real. Everything was just so real. This book left a huge mark on me. I taught me to see the world from an entirely different perspective.
Racism still exists in our world in one way or the other. And not only it destroys someone's life but also changes everything for everyone around them. This book depicts that message just so perfectly. God I can't even express all that I'm feeling about this book. But I guess you won't know how much good this book is until you read it and feel it for yourself. One thing I wanna say is that I have never had such a strong feeling that I'm feeling for this book right now. Never.
Okay that's it. I will never stop if I continue writing more about it. I highly highly recommend this masterpiece to everyone. Do give this one a try. You won't be disappointed, I assure you.❤️
sometimes you come across a book which changes you as a person... The Hate You Give is one of the most powerful reads ..Angie Thomas keeps you hooked from the start.. Her writing is so powerful that you feel yourself to be a part of the story.. the pace of the book is fast which will keep you turning on pages.. Starr will remain one of my most loved characters.. and so will Chris,Seven and all others.. Black lives matter and so did Khalils life.. the way Thomas portrays the message is commendable.. overall, the readers are in for a perfect read...
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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.
I thought I understood Black Lives Matter pretty well prior to reading this but now I feel on a whole other level. I'm always going to be learning about the struggles black people, and black women more specifically face on a day to day basis and I could never truly understand it because i come from a place of privilege.
What really struck me with this book was that it dealt with such horrible issues and would have a scene that would shock the daylights out of you or make you feel really affected then the next you would be laughing your heart out. Angie Thomas really has a knack for making you think whilst laughing at the same time.
I honestly feel like this book should be required reading for every person especially kids in their formative years to really understand privilege and race issues. Like I just feel like my life has been changed by reading this book that's how much of an affect is has had on me.
I absolutely adored Starr, our MC, she's feisty and smart but not scared to learn. She's loyal and proud and I feel like a lot of young black girls will be able to see themselves in her. She doesn't have the typical "sassy" personality that black women are always portrayed as having she feels real, which isn't to say sassy black women don't exist but they're not as common as the media portrays.
I cannot wait to see what Angie Thomas writes next because I feel like whatever it is it'll be magic. This book is going to sit with me and resonate for a long time, and when I'm a teacher I'm going to recommend it to all my students.