Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018 #1 New York Times bestseller A Teen Vogue Best YA Book of the Year Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Amandla Stenberg "Stunning."—John Green “A masterpiece.”—The Huffington Post “An essential read for everyone.”—Teen Vogue “Outstanding.” —The Guardian Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.
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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this gripping novel tracks one girl's relentless struggle for justice after she witnesses a shooting that leaves her lifelong friend dead. In her first novel, Angie Thomas addresses police brutality with a gritty realism that will impact both teens and adults. Filled with vivid, explosive scenes and naturalistic dialogue, The Hate U Give brilliantly captures the vulnerability of being a young Black girl in the 21st century. Thomas is a provocative, fearless writer who invites us into a fast-paced world of youthful misgivings and hashtag activism, imploring us to take a hard look at the harsh realities of racism in America.
At home in a neighborhood riven with gang strife, Starr Carter, 16, is both the grocer's daughter and an outsider, because she attends private school many miles away. But at Williamson Prep, where she's among a handful of black students, she can't be herself either: no slang, no anger, no attitude. That version of herself "Williamson Starr" "doesn't give anyone a reason to call her ghetto." She's already wrestling with what Du Bois called "double consciousness" when she accepts a ride home from Khalil, a childhood friend, who is then pulled over and shot dead by a white cop. Starr's voice commands attention from page one, a conflicted but clear-eyed lens through which debut author Thomas examines Khalil's killing, casual racism at Williamson, and Starr's strained relationship with her white boyfriend. 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. Ages 14 up.
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An incredibly well written book, with fleshed-out characters, gripping plot, and strong message.