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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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.
I absolutely this book. It is my favorite book. I would definitely recommend reading.
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.
Love the story and the character prefer to read the books hem the movie. Explains more and way better story line in the book.