The Hate U Give puts the reader inside the mind of a high schooler who spends her life balanced between two worlds. Her days are spent in a majority white private school and her evenings and weekends are spent at home and her father's store on the poor side of town populated by people who look more like her than her schoolmates. I am thankful for fiction like this that gives us a honest, real look into other's lives. This is the perfect book to expand the worldview of young and old alike.
A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews #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.