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  1 The Hate U Give
Author: Thomas, Angie
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Class: Fiction
Age: 14-19
Language: English
Demand: High
LC: PZ7.1.T
Grade: 9-12

Print Run: 100000
ISBN-13: 9780062498533
LCCN: 2016950333
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub Date: 02/28/2017
Availability: Available
List: $18.99
Physical Description: 444 pages ; 22 cm H 8.25", W 5.5", D 1.41", 1.15 lbs.
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TIPS Subjects: Social Issues
African American & Black
BISAC Subjects: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
LC Subjects: African Americans, Fiction
Police shootings, Fiction
Police shootings, Juvenile fiction
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Race relations, Juvenile fiction
Racism, Fiction
Witnesses, Fiction
Witnesses, Juvenile fiction
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
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Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 3.9 , Points: 13.0
Lexile Level: 590
Reading Counts Level: 5.3 , Points: 23.0
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Publisher Annotation: 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. 464pp.
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Booklist | 12/15/2016
Grades 9-12. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two very different worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the tony suburban prep school she attends and the white boy she dates there. Her bifurcated life changes dramatically when she is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and is challenged to speak out--though with trepidation--about the injustices being done in the event's wake. As the case becomes national news, violence erupts in her neighborhood, and Starr finds herself and her family caught in the middle. Difficulties are exacerbated by their encounters with the local drug lord for whom Khalil was dealing to earn money for his impoverished family. If there is to be hope for change, Starr comes to realize, it must be through the exercise of her voice, even if it puts her and her family in harm's way. Thomas' debut, both a searing indictment of injustice and a clear-eyed, dramatic examination of the complexities of race in America, invites deep thoughts about our social fabric, ethics, morality, and justice. Beautifully written in Starr's authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: From the moment this book sold, it has been high-profile. An in-the-works movie adaptation will further push this to the head of the class. Cart, Michael. 464p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2016.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books | 03/01/2017
R. Gr. 8-12. When gunshots break out at a party, Starr accepts a ride home from her old friend Khalil. That means Starr is in the car when a cop stops it for a broken taillight and ends up needlessly shooting Khalil dead. In the aftermath, there are riots in Starr's African-American neighborhood and upheaval that touches every aspect of her life. That's a story that's becoming depressingly familiar from recurring headlines, but Thomas does a superb job not only of fleshing out that story but of expanding her protagonist and her world beyond a single incident. Starr is an accomplished code-switcher as she travels between her gang-ridden inner-city home and Williamson, the majority white private school she attends; there she gets automatic cred for being black but must strategically avoid anything that seems stereotypically "urban" ("Williamson Starr doesn't give anyone a reason to call her ghetto"). The implications of those codes, however, are thrown into harsh relief after Khalil's death. To her white classmates he's an easy hashtag and a pretext to get out of class on a drummed-up protest; her white best friend's clueless at best response to the situation makes Starr realize that she's been deliberately letting some offensive behavior slide ("We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay for them and normal for us"); she wonders if she's betraying Khalil and her family by dating a white boy. Throughout, Thomas gives Starr a perceptive voice that speaks important truths, while its direct accessibility keeps her compellingly readable. Secondary cast members are vivid as well. Starr's father, Big Mav, is an ex-felon turned neighborhood and family anchor, who taught his kids Malcolm X quotes in the cradle, balks at leaving his neighborhood behind for a safer location, and also knows that there are some lines you don't cross. Hailey, Starr's difficult friend, is belligerent in way that's charming when it's loyalty to Starr and reductive when it's not, and her defensive reactions are plausible. Even Khalil appears as a full and memorable person to readers before his inarguably unfair death, making for a sharp contrast with the symbol he becomes. In this book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas effectively marries the legitimate rage at injustice with real-world complexity: Starr's uncle the cop is a colleague of the guy who shot Khalil; Khalil may not have had drugs in the car but he did deal; Starr's family finally, ambivalently, moves out of the old neighborhood that houses so much of their history. The title comes from Tupac's acronymic expansion of "Thug Life"-"The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody," and it's clear that the shock waves of that hate run deep as riots destroy lives of the already victimized ("We all did that stuff last night because we were pissed, and it fucked all of us"). Fear is the main reason Starr is reluctant to speak up as a witness, but she's also weary from generational despair ("Huey Newton died a crackhead, and . . . By any means necessary didn't keep Brother Malcolm from dying," she thinks in response to her father's invocation of the Black Panthers' Ten Point Program). Yet speak she does, though not out of expectation but slender hope: "I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right." That hope seems slim indeed these days, but ultimately the book emphasizes the need to speak up about injustice, to have injustice be known even if not punished. That's a message that will resonate with all young people concerned with fairness, and Starr's experience will speak to readers who know Starr's life like their own and and provide perspective for others. DS. 464p. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIV. OF ILLINOIS, c2017.
Horn Book | 03/01/2017
High School. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life many African American teenagers can relate to: a life of double consciousness. Caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the "proper," predominantly white prep school she attends, Starr has learned how to "speak with two different voices and only say certain things around certain people." This precarious balance is broken when Starr witnesses the shooting of her (unarmed) childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. What follows is a gut-wrenching chain of events that alters all Starr holds dear. New relationships are forged, old ones are severed, and adversaries arise as Starr's family, friends, school, and neighborhood react to Khalil's death, including questioning who Khalil was, and whether his death was justified. Between her neighborhood's "no-snitching" code and inaccurate media portrayals, Starr must decide whether or not to speak out--and her decision could endanger her life. With a title taken from rapper Tupac Shakur's acronym THUG LIFE ("The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody"), the novel introduces numerous components of the urban experience, "thug life" included. From drug addicts to police officers, most characters are multifaceted, proving that Starr's world is not all black or white (or black vs. white, for that matter). The story, with so many issues addressed, can feel overwhelming at times, but then again, so can the life of an African American teen. Debut author Thomas is adept at capturing the voices of multiple characters, and she ultimately succeeds in restoring Starr's true voice. Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel that will similarly galvanize fans of Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down (rev. 11/14) and Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys (rev. 11/15). eboni njoku. 453pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2017.
Kirkus Reviews | 12/15/2016
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school. Walking the line between the two becomes immensely harder when Starr is present at the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Khalil's death becomes national news, where he's called a thug and possible drug dealer and gangbanger. His death becomes justified in the eyes of many, including one of Starr's best friends at school. The police's lackadaisical attitude sparks anger and then protests in the community, turning it into a war zone. Questions remain about what happened in the moments leading to Khalil's death, and the only witness is Starr, who must now decide what to say or do, if anything. Thomas cuts to the heart of the matter for Starr and for so many like her, laying bare the systemic racism that undergirds her world, and she does so honestly and inescapably, balancing heartbreak and humor. 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. This story is necessary. This story is important. (Fiction. 14 & up). 464pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2016.
Publishers Weekly | 11/28/2016
Ages 14-up. At home in a neighborhood riven with gang strife, Starr Carter, 16, is both the grocer's daughter and an outsider, because she attends private school many miles away. But at Williamson Prep, where she's among a handful of black students, she can't be herself either: no slang, no anger, no attitude. That version of herself--"Williamson Starr"--"doesn't give anyone a reason to call her ghetto." She's already wrestling with what Du Bois called "double consciousness" when she accepts a ride home from Khalil, a childhood friend, who is then pulled over and shot dead by a white cop. Starr's voice commands attention from page one, a conflicted but clear-eyed lens through which debut author Thomas examines Khalil's killing, casual racism at Williamson, and Starr's strained relationship with her white boyfriend. Though Thomas's story is 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 about their lives with the way those lives are depicted--and completely undervalued--by society at large. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (Feb.). 464p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2016.
School Library Journal | 01/01/2017
Gr 8 Up. After Starr and her childhood friend Khalil, both black, leave a party together, they are pulled over by a white police officer, who kills Khalil. The sole witness to the homicide, Starr must testify before a grand jury that will decide whether to indict the cop, and she's terrified, especially as emotions run high. By turns frightened, discouraged, enraged, and impassioned, Starr is authentically adolescent in her reactions. Inhabiting two vastly different spheres--her poor, predominantly black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where gangs are a fact of life, and her rich, mostly white private school--causes strain, and Thomas perceptively illustrates how the personal is political: Starr is disturbed by the racism of her white friend Hailey, who writes Khalil off as a drug dealer, and Starr's father is torn between his desire to support Garden Heights and his need to move his family to a safer environment. The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense, and the pacing is strong, with Thomas balancing dramatic scenes of violence and protest with moments of reflection. The characterization is slightly uneven; at times, Starr's friends at school feel thinly fleshed out. However, Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted. VERDICT Pair this powerful debut with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys to start a conversation on racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal. 464p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine) | 02/01/2017
5Q 5P J S. "Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right." This is what sixteen-year-old Starr Carter's mother tells her after she experiences the worst night of her life. After attending a party that she was not supposed to be at, shots ring out. Starr and her childhood friend Khalil safely escape and begin their drive home, but not long after, they see blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror so Khalil pulls over. These are the last few minutes of his life. Starr is living between two worlds: her predominantly white private school and life in an impoverished African American neighborhood. At school, Starr finds herself censoring the way she talks and acts, but at home she feels like an outsider too. Things get exponentially worse after Khalil is murdered by the police officer. Starr struggles with being the one left alive, being the only witness to a horrific crime, and how she should honor Khalil's memory, all while trying to keep herself and her family safe. The Hate U Give is an important and timely novel that reflects the world today's teens inhabit. With news reports seeming to constantly feature police brutality, Thomas gives an honest and true voice to a victim. Starr's struggles create a complex character, and Thomas boldly tackles topics like racism, gangs, police violence, and interracial dating. Authenticity is critical in novels, and Thomas delivers an authentic plot with realistic, relatable characters. This novel educates readers from any background about the police brutality and racism that led to the Black Lives Matter movement. This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries.--Loryn Aman. 464p. VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES, c2017.
Journal Reviews
BookPage | 03/01/2017
14 and up. When Starr was 12, her parents taught her the facts of life. Her mother explained the mysteries of sex, while her father instructed her on how African Americans behave if stopped by police. Four years later, Starr remembers her father's words when she and her childhood friend, Khalil, are pulled over. But when Khalil makes an innocent move, the policeman shoots. Starr watches in horror as Khalil dies in the street. The media picks up the story, depicting Khalil as a gang member and drug dealer. Starr, who attends a prestigious, predominantly white high school, is repulsed by the sensationalism and initially tries to deny her involvement. But she learns that such silence grants free reign to racist justifications for violent policing of her tight-knit black community. Starr's life is rife with contradictions. Her neighborhood friends live in a world where violent death is a real threat, while her wealthier school friends view Khalil's death as an excuse to skip school. Starr's father is a former gang leader who is dedicated to improving their community, while her uncle is a police detective who lives in a safer neighborhood. In her debut novel, Angie Thomas breathes life into the incidents that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, with nuanced characters and complex subplots. Like Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down, the novel explores the ambiguity of perspective, but in this case, it's always from Starr's deeply personal viewpoint. Diane Colson. 464p. BOOKPAGE, c2017.
Horn Book Guide | 11/01/2017
1. African American sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the "proper," predominantly white prep school she attends. This precarious balance is broken when Starr witnesses the shooting of her (unarmed) childhood friend Khalil by a police officer. Debut author Thomas is adept at capturing the voices of multiple characters in her powerful, in-your-face novel. en. 453pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2017.
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New York Times Book Review | 02/26/2017