The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

fiction Contemporary Young Adult
dark emotional informative medium-paced

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A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards

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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Racism (9 reviewers), Police brutality (7 reviewers), Gun violence (7 reviewers), Violence (5 reviewers), Child death (3 reviewers), Blood (2 reviewers), Hate crime (2 reviewers), Death (2 reviewers), Grief (1 reviewer), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Physical abuse (1 reviewer), and Body horror (1 reviewer)


Gun violence (4 reviewers), Drug abuse (3 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Domestic abuse (2 reviewers), Grief (1 reviewer), Addiction (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), Physical abuse (1 reviewer), Drug use (1 reviewer), Hate crime (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), and Emotional abuse (1 reviewer)


Panic attacks/disorders (2 reviewers), Violence (1 reviewer), Addiction (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), Infidelity (1 reviewer), Physical abuse (1 reviewer), Domestic abuse (1 reviewer), and Drug abuse (1 reviewer)


emotional 90%
inspiring 52%
reflective 50%
informative 49%
challenging 48%
sad 42%
tense 42%
dark 37%
hopeful 37%
funny 13%
adventurous 2%
relaxing 0%


medium 65%
fast 32%
slow 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 2% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 1% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 13% | N/A: 4%

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