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If there is one book you read this year, let it be the newest #1 New York Times Best Selling YA novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Seriously, you need to go read The Hate U Give right now.This book, which John Green calls a “classic of our time” is changing not only the way we think about YA, but also the way we think about the world around us- and that’s what’s so inspiring about it! The Hate U Give has received EIGHT starred reviews so far, and countless authors have thrown their unwavering support behind it. So we aren’t joking when we say The Hate U Give, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, is the most important book you’ll read this year.

If you’re still not convinced, scroll on down for more proof that you need to read The Hate U Give if it’s one book that everyone should read this year.

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The Hate U Give Hits #1

The Hate U Give just hit the New York Times Bestsellers list at #1 and we are anything but surprised. As we said earlier, The Hate U Give received EIGHT (!!!) starred reviews and is the talk of the town right now. Some of our favorite authors like Jason Reynolds, John Green, Becky Albertalli, and more have claimed this to be a timeless classic. *Mic drop*

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The Characters

The characters in this books are dynamic, fully formed, and extremely lovable. Starr Carter will absolutely steal your heart with her charm and wit. The best part about this book is that each characters voice is so defined, and every single character has a story to tell. They each grow and change in their own way, and have unique opinions about the world they live in. The characters that inhabit The Hate U Give are bold, relatable, and are not to be missed. With these characters, Angie Thomas has shattered glass ceilings and proved every stereo type wrong.


The Community

Starr and her family live in Garden Heights- a less wealthy town with a bad rap, but her community is one of the strongest we’ve ever witnessed. The Garden Heights community lifts each other up when it feels like the only thing they are expected to do is tear each other down. They always have the backs of their community and overcome the hardest trials and tribulations with the support and love of each other. The Hate U Give challenges the stereotypes we place on “good” and “bad” neighborhoods, emphasizes the importance and impact of a supportive community.


Black Lives Matter

It’s no secret that Starr and Khalil’s story in The Hate U Give was inspired by the real-life stories of black young men and women across the country who have been affected by police brutality. Among these are boys like Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castille, and Emmett Till. The author, Angie Thomas has spoken extensively on how these tragedies and the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole brought The Hate U Give to life. The Hate U Give will give you a new perspective on the movement, and those affected by police brutality and racism. We can’t stress the importance of listening, reading, and sharing these stories enough in hopes for a more accepting and diverse future.



Ever heard the phrase THUG LIFE? Angie Thomas has. Tupac said that THUG LIFE means “The Hate U Give Little Infants F*s Everybody,” that title making a little more sense to you now? In other words, the hate we give out only comes back to bite us. It’s a vicious cycle. We can all learn a little something from Pac, and now we can all learn a little something from The Hate U Give!


The Art


Debra Cartwright, Artist extraordinaire designed the cover of The Hate U Give and it is absolutely flawless. We rarely see a black girl with beautiful and *natural* hair on the cover of a YA book so this is one for the books. Plus, the back cover holds a bold statement towards the nature and the stories of those affected by police brutality and racial discrimination in America. Learn more about The Hate U Give cover art here!


The Love and Laughs

It may seem like The Hate U Give is an intense read, but we promise it made us laugh as much as it made us cry. Starr and her boyfriend, Chris, are effortlessly perfect. Their sense of humor is the definition of #goals. What we are saying here is that they are our OTP. From rapping the entire Fresh Prince theme song to geeking out about Jordan sneakers, these two stole our hearts- one text at a time. Add in Starrs father, and her hilarious younger brother, and you have a recipe for, well, a NYT #1 best selling novel.


The Movie

The Hate U Give is being adapted into a film and our idol Amandla Stenberg is set to play the role of Starr! We can’t think of a better YA icon to be a part of this project! We’ll keep you posted with more cast updates as they come. Trust us when we say that you’re going to want to read The Hate U Give before you see it.



More About The Hate U Give

In The Hate U Give, 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.

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