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  • The Hate U Give

  • Written by: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,326 ratings)

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The Hate U Give

Written by: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's Summary

Eight starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ Number-One New York Times Best Seller!

"Absolutely riveting!" (Jason Reynolds)

"Stunning." (John Green)

"This story is necessary. This story is important." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." (Booklist, starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." (The 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.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.

©2017 Angela Thomas (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

"[Narrator Bahni] 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." (AudioFile)

Editorial Review

Was it thug life, drugs, poverty, or simply the colour of his skin that was the death of Khalil? Only his childhood friend Starr holds the terrifying and dangerous answers in The Hate U Give.

Fall in love with this powerful and moving story, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Poignant, topical, and very real, this raw and honest story will stir something within you. Thomas writes a strong statement about the treatment and discrimination against Black people and African Americans within the U.S. It sheds light on an issue that has rocked North America and western countries for years. The story of 16-year-old Starr Carter, and her best friend Khalil’s death as the result of police brutality, hits home for so many, both within the Black community and outside of it.

Thomas uses the character of Starr to expertly depict the dichotomy and imbalances within society, holding the Black neighbourhood up against her private school world to show the imbalance inherent in this society. This story of one Black girl's experience and how she takes back her power is a riveting, powerful young adult novel that sends an even more important message to listeners.

Whether you are familiar with the film adaptation of the story - which features actors Amandla Stenberg (Starr), K.J. Apa (Chirs), and Regina Hall (Lisa), or if you're diving into the story for the first time, The Hate U Give is an absolute must-listen. This New York Times best seller brings all the emotion, sharing a strong message and a moving story at the same time. Bahni Turpin narrates and delivers all the strength and power this story needs, bringing it to the next level. Not just for high school kids, this is a strong message that should be heard by all.

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A must listen

My teenage son and I listened to this book together and loved every minute of it. At times we held our breathe, knowing a situation was going to end badly. At other times we laughed, and others we cried. Starr, Daddy, Seven, Mama, Mr Lewis and all these characters will live with us for a long time. They helped us understand our white privilege, feel the injustice faced by minority groups and appreciate how deeply flawed the system is. Everyone should read this book.

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Amazing Book!!!!!!!!!!

I don't usually read but I had to for school and I absolutely loved listening to it. The author's voice makes the chracters come to life.

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The most important novel in YA American Lit

Relevant and important. My grade 10 class loved listening to it. Gave them a lot to think about regarding our society and the inequities we live with. Inspired them to change the way they think and the way they treat each other

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  • 2023-08-24

Entertaining, Impactful & Important

This is one of the best books that I've read in years. The story grips you from the start and makes you want to root for the characters throughout. It is written so you can identify with them and learn from each of them.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Not only is this book heart wrenching, it’s also been by far the best narrated book. I have listened to in a while. I could feel every emotion that narrator was describing. If you are looking for an eye-opening storyline, this is the one you’re looking for!

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A wonderful book

Compelling, funny, angering. So glad I read it. Can’t wait to read her other book!

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Powerful and meaningful book

I liked this book. it had a strong and powerful meaning to it. I would def recommend for people who have a passion for equity and diversity.

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A powerful and important read

A powerful and well written story about an important yet often overlooked subject, this story is a harsh look at modern racism through the eyes of a black teenager.

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Eye opening and very POWERFUL

Fantastically written and narrated. I could not stop listening, I wanted to know how Stars case ended. It is extremely eye opening to those that struggle and have struggled with conflicts like those in the story!!

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Incredible and moving

Masterfully narrated, this story is gripping, eye opening, and though provoking. I look forward to revisiting this with my kid.

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