The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

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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.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062677082
Characteristics: 1 online resource (11 audio files) :,digital
digital, stereo, rda
audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni

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clm86592
Aug 04, 2020

This is an incredible book and I am so glad I listened to it as I feel that made the dialogue come alive. It's sad that this story is not new and in fact is still mirrored in our current time. Regardless, an engrossing, eye-opening, and informative piece of fiction that young adults and adults alike can learn from and enjoy. Highly recommend.

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Alexandralk
Jul 28, 2020

A listen or read that we should all open our hearts and minds too. Gives a wonderful understanding and perspective of growing up in a low income neighborhoods with issues that affect African Americans. It opened me up more to issues that are current and tragic in today's society.

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Tbery
Jul 07, 2020

Very well written! As you read the characters are very relatable, no matter yourbackground. It's a story that is hard to read because it's something that really happens, but should be read by everyone!

The descriptions of Star's struggles between two worlds before and after this devastating event, great illustrations of "us vs. them" group behaviors from both sides. The story really has depth and makes you realize how quick the media can change the narrative on the truth, it also points out how much our society works to not see or acknowledge these injustices because it's uncomfortable and sad. It's also great that the book illustrates to young people the many ways racism and classism presents itself and I like that the girls stand up to and confront the racist girl.
I really hope this book becomes assigned reading in school so that more people will learn from it, even those that would never search out this topic.

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janerf
May 09, 2020

The first 6 hours was basically an egregiously well-known narrative about one more black kid shot in the back and killed by a cop. But then, there’s a new facet - she gets into the situation with Starr’s white school friends, who are pretty crass. It’s a thorough and uncomfortable, yet respectful description of white fragility and totally not getting it. We white people need this, we need help understanding, we need to see through the trappings, to get to the bottom fact that real people, kids, youngsters to many, are dying. I’m glad to have had read this book and that it’s being used in middle schools.
Not just for YA. Every age needs this story, and I'm betting they'll all appreciate the entire Carter family.
I loved the reader, Bahni Turpin. She did a wonderful job on all the various voices. (Starr talks about how she has to use a different voice and a different set of words in different places.) However... Bahni Turpin was one of the performers for the audio book "The Story Keeper" by Lisa Wingate. It's set in Appalachia, and for one of the Appalachian voices, Bahni Turpin used a voice that was so contrived and loaded with vocal fry that I couldn't understand a word that character said. : ( I suppose that if I were in Appalachia speaking with that person face-to-face, I wouldn't have been able to understand him in real life. either However... in a book, I hope to understand...! Maybe the print version had an unintelligible rendition of this speaker, but had a footnote with a translation...? I don't know... but I was mightily disappointed with Bahni Turpin's interpretation.

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Mahala
Feb 24, 2020

Amazing story. I very much enjoyed listening to the audio version and learning about Star (and her family & friends) and her journey between two worlds. Highly recommend this book.

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mlcramer
Dec 15, 2018

So. So. Good. Star is my new hero. I want to me her, every other character the author created (except King!), and go live with the Carter family.

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PdLorinel
Apr 03, 2018

I felt, listening to this story, guided through a world that I could never experience on my own. Angie Thomas's skilled storytelling believably led me through both the gated community and the gangster-ridden part of what could be any city in the USA. Starr's life spans both these worlds, but rather than bridging them, she feels split between the two.

My guide on this journey, Bahni Turpin, gave such wonderfully realistic voice to each character. I'll be watching for her work, too.

The story itself is a reflection of daily headlines all across the country. Thomas takes us into the reality of living it, seen through one young girl's eyes. Starr must deal with tragedy and trauma, as she attempts to reconcile her two worlds - her two selves - and to become whole.

Is this a sad story? You bet it is. But it's also filled with humanity, speckled with funny bits, lit with just enough hope to bleed through to our world, too.

It's also incredibly important. I'd go so far to say, it's so important that everyone should read this. I'm an old white man, and I believe every old white man should read this book. Everyone, of every demographic. We all need to understand what is going on, and Angie Thomas, through Starr, can help us do it.

Without hate.

SnoIsleLib_KathyS Aug 19, 2017

Amazing book, the audiobook was fabulously read. A peek behind the seemingly daily headlines of cops killing unarmed black men with no repercussions, to the complicated lives and neighborhoods of the killed, the witnesses, and the community. Starr is the eye witness to her childhood friend being killed by a cop, and it is the story of her growing in to her own voice. It is also the story of how she has to navigate 2 worlds: buttoned down and as inoffensive as possible in her white school, and loose and slangy in her ghetto neighborhood (reminiscent of Sherman Alexie), but how she starts integrating them. Highly recommended.

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obtusata
Apr 15, 2017

This was an incredible and honest look at racism and how we perceive people. I do my best to be educated about the issues and aware of my white privilege, but hearing this story through Star's experiences gave me a new perspective because the author did not hold bad when showing us what the characters *felt.* It's been said a thousand times before, but this is truly an important read and I encourage everyone, regardless of race, nationality, etc. to read it. It's not an easy read, but it's topical and hard to put down.

I listened to the audio version narrated by Bahni Turpin and it was exquisitely performed. I've already flagged a number of audiobooks she's narrated simply because I know that the performance will be good. She did an excellent job of delineating the many different characters and emotions.

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May 16, 2019

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