The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062498533
Branch Call Number: YA FIC THOMA
Characteristics: 444 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hate you give


From Library Staff

Starr Carter is living two lives – simultaneously but very separately.
Her real life is in the projects where her family and friends live, where she faces real dangers; gang violence, racism and police brutality.
Her other life is at the elite private school she attends, where she is careful to... Read More »

16 year old 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 ... Read More »

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

JenniferG_OshLib May 23, 2018

I'm struggling with this review as I can't say I understand what the characters went through, but I can definitely say that the book is meaningful and well written. The characters are fantastic and very realistic. I especially loved the relationship between Starr and her parents. A definite must read.

May 11, 2018

It was a very good book. It was an easy book to relate to it. It was also horrible to realize hoe some people are a different races are treated.

May 11, 2018

this was an awesome book. i would definitely read it again.

May 07, 2018

This book deserves all the hype it has received. It provides a nuanced view of the complex lives led by teenagers navigating competing pressures in their world. Told from the perspective of an African-American girl straddling the inner city world, navigating a complicated blended family and attending school in a white private school where she doesn't want to be seen as 'too ghetto' or 'that angry Black girl', it presented the challenges she faces every day.

May 04, 2018

Based loosely on the events which have occurred in the author's life.

A young black man is shot dead by a white policeman. This sets of a train of events, especially as there was an eye-witness. Starr,a 17 year old black girl, who was with Khalil on the night and testifies Khalil was killed unarmed and in cold blood.

Starr testifies in front of the Grand Jury at great risk to herself and her family. It is not only the rogue police to be wary of, there is also the black Drug Lords who preside over the very poor communities.

Racism, violence, drugs, poverty, cover-ups all form part of this story. A must read.

Apr 12, 2018

Such a great book for teens and adults. A real look into so many social injustices and stereotypes that our society is faced with.

Apr 08, 2018

This book is raw and real. I am impressed with the reality the author portrays as I was able to apply knowledge from my study in poverty to the book. Easy read, captivating.

Mar 26, 2018

Honest, heartfelt, and relevant, this book should be on everyone's must-read list.

Mar 15, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I also think that it's a really important book as it tells a story that is increasingly common in our world, and it personalizes it. While Starr and Khalil are, of course, fictional characters, I found that reading their story brought this issue closer to home that reading news stories - simply because the characters in a well written book become like friends.

I felt that this book did an excellent job of exploring some very complex issues of race, poverty and identity. Furthermore, it was actually a very enjoyable read. It took me a few pages to get used to a different style of speaking than I'm used to, but that vernacular really helped Starr feel real. I'm not a huge fan of first person writing but, in this case, it worked extremely well.

Highly recommend.

Mar 11, 2018

I hadn't read anything quite like this book before, so it interested me. Also, considering the great reviews it was getting, and the popularity, I decided to give it a try. 'The Hate U Give' was a bit tricky for me to get into, mostly because of the fact that I had a hard time relating to many of the characters. Also, the book is written with language and slang that I am not familiar with. I kept reading though, and am so glad I did. Once I was more familiar with the book, probably about a third of the way through, I started to find it hard to put down. I really understood Starr and the other characters. The lasts two thirds of the book were amazing and I am so glad I kept reading. I learnt so much from 'The Hate u Give'. This book really sheds light on topics that need to be talked about. This book leaves you thinking. Definitely a bit hard to get into, but don't stop reading otherwise you'll regret it. Pick up this book to walk in the shoes of characters that will take you many places. You'll see many things and feel many emotions. A must read.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Apr 10, 2018

adunni27 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

brihawkins13 Apr 06, 2018

brihawkins13 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Mar 20, 2018

blue_dog_25051 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

Mar 11, 2018

bigcoweye thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Mar 10, 2018

DonnA94 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Aug 24, 2017

donutwombat thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

blue_crab_407 Aug 20, 2017

blue_crab_407 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 01, 2017

CYU_BJ thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add Notices

Aug 27, 2017

Violence: Witness of murder

Aug 01, 2017

Violence: police shooting, vivid description of a friend's death

Aug 01, 2017

Coarse Language: extreme profanity, but not to the extent that teenagers can't handle

Apr 18, 2017

Violence: Police brutality, domestic violence


Add a Summary

Apr 18, 2017

Starr Carter is a girl with a foot in two worlds. By day, she attends Williamson, a suburban prep school where she is one of only two black students in her year. In the evening, she goes home to Garden Heights, the city’s poor, black neighbourhood, where she has lived all her life. She is one person at home and another person at school, because she can’t be too “bougie” in the neighbourhood, or too “ghetto” at school. But the wall she has carefully built between her two selves begins to crumble when she is the only witness to a police officer shooting and killing her childhood friend, Khalil. The killing gains national headlines as protestors take to the streets to protest the murder of yet another unarmed black boy. In the day’s following Khalil’s death, Starr faces a choice between remaining silent, and speaking up. But even if she can find her voice, will it be enough to get justice for Khalil?

SPL_Brittany Apr 09, 2017

"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right."

Sixteen year old Starr moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the affluent high school she attends. The uneasy balance is shattered when she becomes a witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was black, unarmed, and doing nothing wrong.

Soon afterwards, the media gains interest, and Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, a gangbanger even a drug dealer. While the police don’t seem interested in finding out what really happened, rioting begins and protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name, as his death ignites long held tensions between the black community and their treatment by the police.

Throughout, Starr struggles with her identity as her two worlds collide. Her fear is palpable as she confronts system that she knows is working against her. She’s afraid to speak out yet worries that if she does not Khalil’s murderer could escape justice. Will she find her voice for Khalil?

Angie Thomas writes a beautiful, timely and emotionally charged novel about a teenage girl dealing with very real and complex relationships. Thomas confronts issues of race and class sending an incredibly powerful message to readers as well as those wanting to understand the blacklivesmatter movement. Her writing style and characters will engage you from page one, and will have readers falling in love with the entire Carter family. An engrossing and refreshing read, it is hard to believe that this is Thomas’s first novel, already the rights have been given for this to be made into a feature film.


Add a Quote

Apr 18, 2017

It seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person could be charged in his own murder, you know?

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at APL

To Top