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  • Published: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Description: 444 pages ; 22 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780062498533
  • 0062498533


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The hate u give

by Thomas, Angie.

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Call number: Express Shelf, Teen Fiction / Thomas, Angie

Westgate call number: Teen Book / Fiction / Social Issues / Thomas, Angie, Express Shelf / Teen Book / Fiction / Social Issues / Thomas, Angie

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After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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An Absolute Must-Read!

Everyone was raving about this book, so I was really worried that I wouldn't like it as much because my expectations were already set so high. But this book was definitely worth the read and I would recommend it to everyone.

This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It centers around Starr Carter, who witnesses one of her unarmed friends shot by a white police officer. What I like about this story is that it doesn't only focus on the aftermath of the shooting, but it also gives a thorough perspective of the difference between rich and poor neighborhoods, local gang wars, and Starr's interactions between her school friends and boyfriend. For example, Starr's dad used to be the leader of a local gang and how he continuously tries to seek a better life for his children after being released from prison. She also has issues with opening up to her white boyfriend, who claims to understand racial tensions, but at the same time asks her why black people have weird names. Really?

Again, I can't emphasize how this book is such a phenomenal and powerful read, especially with the current political climate in the United States. Starr is really funny and I appreciated all of her Harry Potter jokes, but there are also heartbreaking moments when I feel how frustrated she is with the state of her situation.

Overall rating: 4.75 Stars


Start takes you on a journey of her two worlds and how she navigates them. This book is so relevant and powerful that it should be standard reading for any high school. This book speaks on topics that need to be discussed and understood and I think that this book could start those discussions.

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