The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

YA · Great for: Young people and adults interested in the truth about what it means to live in a black community in America

About this book

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

A film adaptation was released in 2018.

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Inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, this book is powerfully honest and essential reading for everyone. It shows the brutal reality for many people and the challenges they face, both within their own community and wider society. This is a book that will stay with you for a long time. A Radio 2 Book Club choice, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018.