The Hate U Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black 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, a... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Witnesses, Race relations, African Americans, Children's audiobooks, Police shootings
||Young Adult Fiction
Description of this Book
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black 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, Khalil's death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr's best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr's neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.A. C. Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Audies (Best Female Narrator) 2018
Winner of Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production 2018
Winner of William C. Morris YA Debut Award 2018
Commended for Coretta Scott King Award (Author) 2018
Commended for Michael L. Printz Award (Children-Y/A Fiction) 2018
||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, coauthor of All American Boys Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book. -- Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award-winning author Turpin perfectly captures dialect, cadence, and slang, providing each individual with nuanced tones. -- School Library Journal (audio review) Bahni Turpin's narration of this scene is poignant and horrific as unarmed Kahlil questions the officer's stopping him and the officer becomes aggressive and shoots him three times in rapid succession...Turpin's portrayals of all the characters are rich and deep, environments are evocatively described, and Starr's fraught struggles to understand life's complexities are believable. Many intense, difficult moments are relieved by the humor and the warmth of Starr's unique family. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. -- AudioFile Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel. -- Horn Book (starred review) An important and timely novel that reflects the world today's teens inhabit. Starr's struggles create a complex character, and Thomas boldly tackles topics like racism, gangs, police violence, and interracial dating. This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries. -- VOYA (starred review) With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr's natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Beautifully written in Starr's authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. -- Booklist (starred review) The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense...Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted. -- School Library Journal (starred review) Heartbreakingly topical, its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) A fresh first-person perspective to a modern-day tragedy...With brilliant storytelling and deft accuracy, Thomas captures the tone of Starr's neighborhood in a time of crisis. -- RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!) A page turner brimming with pop culture references and humor...I marveled at the balancing act between dead-serious politics and concerns familiar to kids and former kids of all backgrounds...There's plenty for readers of all ages to enjoy. -- New York Times Book Review A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time. -- John Green, New York Times bestselling author
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. The Hate U Give is her first novel. Bahni Turpin has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, and Cold Case. Her film credits include Brokedown Palace and Crossroads. She has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards.