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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

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16-year-old Starr lives a divided life. By day she attends a rich private school, where she is one of two black students in her grade. After school she lives in a poor but close-knit urban neighborhood, dominated by rival gangs, and works in her father's convenience store. She keeps her two lives separate, because it's just easier that way. But then Starr and her neighbor/childhood friend Khalil are pulled over by a police officer and Khalil is shot and killed while trying to reassure Starr that everything will be okay. Starr is the only witness, and it takes great bravery to sit in a room with two other police officers and tell them what their colleague did, and later to testify in front of a jury. Will there be justice for Khalil? This is the second friend she's lost to gun violence in her short life and now it seems like maybe keeping her two lives separate isn't the easier way. Starr has to decide - who is she going to be? What is she going to do? Who is going to be by her side?

The subject matter is tough, but essential, and thankfully the book is extremely readable. There are so many fascinating perspectives here: Starr's uncle is a black police officer in the same precinct. Starr's family is technically well-off enough to move to a different neighborhood, but should they? Starr's father used to be in a gang but got out when he went to prison for 3 years when Starr was young, and he still feels guilt about leaving his family for that long. Starr really likes her white boyfriend, but doesn't know if he'll ever be able to truly understand her. Starr is a wonderfully realistic character, and her life is one almost never seen in print before. This book is perfectly written, very important, and good exercise for your empathy muscles. Highly recommended for literally absolutely everyone. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jun 22, 2017 |
Cart, M. (2016). The Hate U Give. Booklist, 113(8), 48.
  LaurenLowe | Jun 21, 2017 |
Starr and her friend Khalil are pulled over by a police officer, supposedly for a broken headlight. Then Khalil is dead, shot by the officer. Starr knows they did nothing wrong. She is the only one who saw what happened, but isn't sure if she has the courage to speak, or if her voice will be enough to get justice. ( )
  lilibrarian | Jun 19, 2017 |
A powerful young adult book that has never been more relevant. Starr Carter too black for her white school and too white for her black neighborhood. She's constantly in the middle, afraid to let be too this or too that in front of certain people. That all begins to change one day when she and her friend are leaving a party and get pulled over. What happens next will haunt Starr forever, the white cop shoots her friend dead AND GETS AWAY WITH IT. Obviously this kind of injustice is in the media a lot which makes this book more timely then ever. Words can't describe how much I love this book and it's empowering message. Starr starts to find her voice not only to the media, but to her friends, family, white boyfriend, and classmates. This should be required reading. It's timely, impossible to put down (I read the book from cover to cover yesterday morning), and gives the disenfranchised youth a voice. Beautiful, haunting, and riveting. ( )
  ecataldi | Jun 17, 2017 |
There needs to be more books for teens like this one. Not just about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but every marginalized group. This was relatable, kid-friendly, and had a lot of extremely important things to say. I think the most realistic thing about this book is its portrayal of its main character as not inherently perfect and politically correct, because part of what growing up marginalized means is being confused and struggling with identity. ( )
  wildrequiem | Jun 14, 2017 |
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Cartwright, DebraCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stempel, JennaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062498533, Hardcover)

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:50:39 -0500)

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