The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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By Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.


07 Feb 2021

It was an amazing and meaningful book. I was overwhelmed yet pleased from the variety of emotions captured in the novel. It has such a powerful message-without a doubt! Yet, towards the end, I was hoping for something bigger. I know in reality, these “stories” or events don’t always have strong endings and therefore I will not put too much shame on it. But, I felt it died down a little too much and there were alternative ways to end such a fantastic book! To make it much more memorable and capturing, for me personally, it needed a unique ending. Whilst I’m saying this, I still believe the book is wonderful and shows the brutality which us, as a society, has to fix.
Thank you :)

11 Jan 2021

I enjoyed reading the book.

It was a book about racism in America. A person got shot and their friend (Starr) starts a campaign to get justice. These events still seem to be carrying in the real world, and hopefully one day, every human being will be let to live and enjoy their lives.

I would recommend this book to my family and friends.

01 Dec 2020

It was so interesting. It was based on a real life story and I loved Starr. I enjoyed how she never ever gave up, even in the hardest of times. I would recommend this book to people aged 12 and over because there are some inappropriate parts.

30 Oct 2020

Every so often someone tells a story that makes more sense and is more vivid than the news, biographies, journal articles and history books that try to explain. For me, this is one of those stories. It is firmly in YA territory but I hope every young person reads it and feels why we cannot be complacent about divisions and inequalities related to race, because these histories trap people and are wholly unjust.

24 Oct 2020

Hard hitting and gripping

27 Sep 2020

I thought it was a very deep and sad book but also a very inspiring book as it teaches you to fight for what is right. My favourite character was starr as she was going through a lot but still stood up for kahil and said the truth she also never gave up on kahil. I would recommend this to someone who never gives up on friends or family and Stands up for what is right.

24 Sep 2020

An interesting exploration of contemporary issues of repression.

22 Sep 2020

An excellent and topical read. It pulls no punches with Khalil being graphically shot dead in chapter 1 and the poison of gang violence woven throughout every page. Definitely would recommend.

03 Aug 2020

What I like about this book is the way it expresses racial injustice and how people's voices need to be heard. The person I liked best was Starr, the main character because she always stays strong when things don't go well and she is perseverant. I would recommend it to teenagers.

29 Jun 2020

I really like this book specifically because it is very original and inspiring. It recognizes the black lives matter movement before the protest even started. it combines both fiction and non fiction together and has enough detail to make in seem real.

11 May 2018

Loved it

08 Aug 2017


22 May 2017


This book should be compulsory reading for teenagers and adults everywhere. Beautifully written and totally necessary.

05 Apr 2017


A brilliantly powerful YA novel that everyone should read.

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