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8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

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.

Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel to The Hate U Give.

Young Adult
February 28
Balzer + Bray
Ninth Grade

Customer Reviews

Kbug147 ,


I absolutely this book. It is my favorite book. I would definitely recommend reading.

Teaghanbear ,


This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I almost cried multiple times reading this book because of how real it is. I was already big on the BLM movement before I read this, but after I read this, it really opened my eyes and shifted my perspective. Yes, this is a fictional book, but it’s message is real and police brutality and violence against black people is real, and this book preaches about that. We need more voices like Starr in this world because this is a real thing. This book is amazing and it’s more than just a story.

russmuss3462 ,

Good book

Love the story and the character prefer to read the books hem the movie. Explains more and way better story line in the book.

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