Everyone is talking about Angie Thomas’s debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE, in which a young girl finds her voice and the courage to use it. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.
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About the Book
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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About Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi, as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On! Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University and is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. The Hate U Give is her debut novel. Follow Angie Thomas on Twitter @ACThomasBooks
HYPE From YA Authors:
“Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” —John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
“As we continue to fight the battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America, The Hate You Give serves as a much-needed literary ramrod. Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds, National Book Award finalist and coauthor of All American Boys
“Tragically timely, hard-hitting, and an ultimate prayer for change. Don’t look away from this searing battle for justice. Rally with Starr.” —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not
“Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book.” —Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award–winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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