We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we’ve witnessed a YA book truly begin to change the world. And if you’ve already read (or re-read multiple times, like us) THE HATE U GIVE, then you’ll understand why. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this YA novel puts us in the shoes of Starr Carter, an unforgettable girl faced with tragedy and choices that, unfortunately, are much too common. It’s heartfelt, hilarious, and stunning.
If you haven’t read THUG yet, then maybe you want some more proof. How about the fact that it debuted as a #1 New York Times bestseller, and has been on the list ever since? Or that it received eight starred reviews, or that John Green declared it a “classic of our time?”
If you’re still not convinced, scroll down for more proof that you need to read THE HATE U GIVE—even if it’s the only book you read this year. It’s definitely the most important.
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- Real Talk: Black Lives Matter
What is The Hate U Give?
One year ago, THE HATE U GIVE debuted as a #1 NYT Bestseller—and today it’s still doing its thing ✊🏾👑 pic.twitter.com/A6UXesRGDc
— Epic Reads (@EpicReads) February 28, 2018
John Green didn’t call this book “a classic of our time” for nothing. In THE HATE U GIVE, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is the only witness to her friend Khalil’s fatal shooting at the hands of a police officer. On top of dealing with the emotional afetmath of such an awful event, being at the scene throws her into the middle of the investigation. As the attention on the shooting grows nationally, what she does—or doesn’t—say, could change everything.
But that’s not all. THE HATE U GIVE also deals with friendships in the face of subtle racial tensions, the struggle to keep family united in the face of differing views, and what it really means to pursue a better life for yourself and the ones you love. It will ALSO have you laughing out loud between the sessions of ugly crying, so really, this book has everything.
— Epic Reads (@EpicReads) May 24, 2018
BUT ITS STATUS AS A GROUNDBREAKING, BESTSELLING NOVEL ISN’T ALL, because THE HATE U GIVE is coming to theaters this year! That’s right—start prepping your popcorn budget because the movie hits screens on October 19, 2018!!
With a star-studded cast, including Amandla Stenberg, Common, Regina Hall, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, K.J. Apa, and more, we already KNOW this movie is going to be a must-see, just like we know we’re going to sob throughout its entirety. And if you want to know more, you can watch Angie and the cast talk about filming THUG during our exclusive Facebook Live interview right here!
#askTBA Are novels that deal with sensitive current issues a no-no?
— T'ChAngie Thomas (@angiecthomas) June 3, 2015
Angie has spoken about the inspiration for THE HATE U GIVE coming to her in 2010, “right after the Oscar Grant case. Oscar was a young man who was killed by police, and at the time I remember wondering what would happen if that took place in my neighborhood, how would we react.” As more cases began to come out, it fueled her desire, her passion, not just to explore these issues, but to show the human side of them. To find hope.
#BlackLivesMatter plays a crucial role in THE HATE U GIVE, both in its conception and story, and we can’t stress the importance of listening, reading, and sharing these stories enough if we truly want a more accepting and diverse future.
Not only is THE HATE U GIVE a beautiful book written with humor and heart—it's also a reminder that yes, you can be a main character. Yes, you can use your voice to make a difference. And yes, you matter. Thank you for a book that's changed lives 💕 #AngieThomasAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/RjpCvqTPgr
— Epic Reads (@EpicReads) February 5, 2018
This book is adored. And with its subject matter, it was maybe inevitable that Angie Thomas would be unfairly targetted by trolls and harrassers on social media alike. But the YA community—from us, to other authors, to every fan whose read this life-changing book—has rallied behind her, because that’s what THE HATE U GIVE does. It unites people. It encourages them to speak up and lead better lives. Reading this book will make you better.
— WeNeedDiverseBooks (@diversebooks) February 7, 2018
Angie is one of the best writers, period. But more importantly she’s one of the best people. We see her rewards, but a lot of ppl don’t see how hard she works. She’s generous & kind, compassionate & inspirational. I’m proud to call her a friend. 💛💛#AngieThomasAppreciationDay
— justin a. reynolds (@andthisjustin) February 5, 2018
Her words don’t just help the teens who read her books.
Her words help their parents.@angiecthomas writes books that will help me have hard conversations with my son when he’s older.
I don’t have the words, but she does. And I’m so grateful. #AngieThomasAppreciationDay
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) February 5, 2018
The world tells us to push down our blackness, take up less room, & whisper not shout. I spent years doing that in my writing. So thank you @angiecthomas for being a constant reminder of the beauty of my blackness➖undiluted, authentic, whole ♥️ #AngieThomasAppreciationDay
— Amanda Joy ✨💕🌙 (@amandajoywrites) February 5, 2018
More about The Hate U Give
“This story is necessary. This story is important.”
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.
What is your favorite part of The Hate U Give? Tell us in the comments below!