Before going into this book, I expected a plot driven story with more action dealing with police brutality - which (unfortunately) is still a relevant and important issue today. I was positively surprised when encountering a character focused story. Starr witnesses the unjust shooting of her best friend Khalid at the hands of a ... Before going into this book, I expected a plot driven story with more action dealing with police brutality - which (unfortunately) is still a relevant and important issue today. I was positively surprised when encountering a character focused story. Starr witnesses the unjust shooting of her best friend Khalid at the hands of a police officer. After the traumatic tragedy, everyone wonders what really happened that night and if Khalid is innocent or if the killing was justified. In the midst of protests and threats from certain members of the community, we follow Starr and her closed ones in the pursuit of justice and the process of healing. The dynamics of the characters is very well written, feels authentic and is lovely to experience. The wisdom and the subtle racial and political commentary does not feel overwhelming or out of place - It is very much a story that gives a voice to those who are, alongside the victims, ignored after such tragedies.
The Hate U Give
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.
And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.
"As we continue to fight the battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America, THE HATE U GIVE serves as a much needed literary ramrod. Absolutely riveting!" Jason Reynolds, bestselling coauthor of ALL AMERICAN BOYS