Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Published: February 2017

Genres: YA Fiction, Black Lives Matter




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.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FI 👏🏼 NA 👏🏼 LY👏🏼 A book that has successfully bridged the gap between YA and adult fiction when it comes to Black Lives Matter content. I feel as though white youth are shielded from the brutal reality of systemic racism, until they’re “old enough” to learn about it from self-facilitated methods. If only black youth were privileged enough to preserve that innocence… I felt the author did an exceptional job of not shying away from representing the real lived experience of black people in American communities. She crafted the story to include specific characters that helped highlight all the familiar racial issues; police abuse of power, fetishising of black women and culture, white fragility and a myriad of others. I thought the use of the term “Thug Life” to explore the system that is designed to work against them was genius, and easy for young readers to comprehend. The protagonist Starr has been one of my favourites of the year, and it was a privilege to be able to follow her through the tumultuous and emotional journey she was tossed into, and rewarding to witness her personal growth. This book is excellent.


NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Inspired by the BLM movement, this book has catapulted, and rightfully so. At only 16, Starr has seen two people die in front of her very eyes. Both times she was, as a bystander, as innocent as the victim. Each day she is forced to navigate two worlds, one with her family and local community, and the other her privileged high school, where she is one of very few people of colour.  As a reader, we were not just privy to the internal conflict and struggle this causes her, but are given the benefit of understanding why. Angie Thomas explores ingrained principles and subjective perceptions with such depth I cannot recall the last book that made me feel every emotion like this one.  It transcended the limits of the usual young adult genre in a spectacular way that made 27 year old me shiver. A heartbreakingly and troubling account of what is happening in this very world we live in that I believe everyone should read. 



Racism, police brutality, gun violence.



Video: The Hate U Give - Movie Trailer

Podcast: CBCListen - q with Tom Power interview with Angie Thomas

Article: The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas announces new novel Concrete Rose: 'I expect it to get banned'.


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