The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner

· A Printz Honor Winner Book 1 · Sold by HarperCollins
522 reviews

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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.

Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel to The Hate U Give.

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522 reviews
February 9, 2018
This is definitely one of those books that needs to be known. This is definitely a book that everyone needs to read. Its entire plot revolves around a serious matter, and delivers a powerful message. One of the main things this book tells the reader is that you should never judge a book by its cover A young black man was murdered just for being black. He was a young man named Khalil who sold drugs to protect his mom, and wanted money because he got tired of choosing between having lights and food. He and Starr live in a dangerous neighborhood called Garden Heights, and all they really want is just to be alive. Coming from a neighborhood like Garden Heights, I can sympathize and relate to the characters in this story. The struggles they face every day, and they way they're treated just for being black is something I have gone through before, and something that is never ok. A person should never be judged or discriminated against, regardless of your race. Just because you grow up in a rough neighborhood, talk a certain way, and act a certain way, that doesn't always mean you should be classified as a thug, or a criminal. And just because you live in a big house, with tons of expensive things and nice cars and clothes, that doesn't mean they don't have bad days, or live the perfect life, or never experience hardships themselves. This book also teaches you that this life is full of nothing but choices, and can give you joy and elation, but also comes with its fair share of pain and sorrow. You have to learn to accept both happiness and sadness in order to fully live your life, and no one can take away what makes you you. Be who you are, regardless of your skin color, your ethnicity, or your background. Enjoy life to the fullest, and never let anyone stop you or tell you that you can't be or do certain things because of who you are, or how you act. That's what I've come to understand after reading this book.
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L Bushway
May 6, 2023
I read this book once and all of my friends and I loved it immediately. A truly envigurating story of racial violence from the perspective of a young black girl, this book quickly gets to an amazing level of drama
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November 7, 2017
If you guy say it is racist. Say reverse racism, I don't think you get the book. I really don't. That's not the thing. This book is a book that should he praised a lot, but by not by everybody cuz you can't please everybody. It's not racist though. All of you should take a good look, and maybe read it, and don't only see the negatives. I guess it is a bit racist, ok..but there are points of the book that are good. Many more than negatives. The good outweighs the had in this masterpiece. Read it, to those who are in need of an AMAZING book. I hope you do not regret it.
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About the author

Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. She is also a coauthor of the bestselling collaborative novels Blackout and Whiteout. Angie divides her time between her native Jackson, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia. You can find her online at

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