A stunning and timely debut novel. What I loved most about this book was the humanity on every single page. I found myself laughing just as much as I found myself tearing up or feeling angry. The story is important and the characters are beautifully written.
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. She lives in a rough area surrounded by gang lords, drugs, guns and violence. She goes to school an hour away where she is one of only a few black students. When she witnesses her childhood friend killed by a police officer, Starr's struggle to keep her two selves separate starts to fall apart.
A coming of age novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, The Hate U Give is an important book that everyone should read.— Lindsey
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.