The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

"A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." John Green No. 1 New York Times bestseller. 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. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406372151
  • Published: 06 Apr 2017
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 448

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'Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.' John Green

'It's hard to see how this won't be the young adult novel of the year, if not the decade. Angie Thomas, a former rapper and a debut novelist from Jackson, Mississippi, has written a startling, important book about what it is to be black in America that manages to speak to everyone. It is also a rollicking thriller and a deeply enjoyable read. No wonder it has been at the top of the New York Times's young adult bestseller list for weeks. [...] It's suitable for mature 14-year-olds and should fly on to curriculums everywhere, for Thomas has written a classic in the making that demands to be discussed.' The Times

'Completely gripping, hugely affecting and beautifully written, THUG encompasses race, violence, family and growing up and will surely be remembered as a defining YA book of our time. A must-read.' The Pool

'The Hate U Give is going to be one of the most important books of 2017, no hyperbole, just facts.' Nikesh Shukla, writer and editor of The Good Immigrant

'Despite the darkness of its subject, this convincing, compelling and empathetic book is sometimes funny, too. Enlightening about the Black Lives Matter movement, and the need to speak out, it is also important.' The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

'Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful, affecting book by a brilliant new voice in YA fiction.' The Metro

'“Her voice is witty, generous and real.”' Entertainment Weekly

'“Publishing folks are calling “The Hate U Give” the Black Lives Matter novel. It’s certainly a clear explanation of the movement — here called “Just Us for Justice” — but it’s also a page turner brimming with pop culture references and humor […] I marveled at the balancing act between dead-serious politics and concerns familiar to kids and former kids of all backgrounds.”' New York Times

'Though Thomas’s story is heartbreakingly topical, its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true about their lives with the way those lives are depicted—and completely undervalued—by society at large.' Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

'Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.' Booklist (starred review)

'Already one of the most talked-about YA titles of the year on both sides of the Atlantic, this blistering debut is unmissable. [...]Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it's an incredibly powerful and important exploration on how prejudice and racism look today, not only in the media and authorities but in families and friendships too. The storytelling is completely absorbing, packed with drama and heartbreak but funny and full of heart, with a vulnerable, inspirational and very real heroine in Starr. Big things are ahead: movie rights have already gone to Fox 2000, with Amanda Stenberg (Rue from "The Hunger Games") set to star, and numerous international book deals have also been confirmed.' The Bookseller

'Thomas cuts to the heart of the matter for Starr and for so many like her, laying bare the systemic racism that undergirds her world, and she does so honestly and inescapably, balancing heartbreak and humor. With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr's natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family. This story is necessary. This story is important.' Kirkus (starred review)

'The Hate U Give is 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

'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 long-listed author of Ghost

'Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book.' Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

'Loved it so much. A fantastic read. Everyone, young, old must read this world-changing YA.' Jandy Nelson

'Teenagers need to read this.' Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours

'The Hate U Give is astoundingly good. It’s heartbreaking, enraging, surprisingly tender, and unexpectedly hilarious. Starr is one of the best main characters I’ve ever read. She’s funny, smart, loyal, flawed, and brave. THUG is an honest, authentic, searing depiction of what life can be like for black teens in America. This book is incredibly important and timely – but that isn’t what makes it so special. It’s Starr’s voice, the wonderful cast of characters, and Angie’s brilliant writing. A phenomenal debut that everyone should read.' Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones

'Pair this powerful debut with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys to start a conversation on racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.' School Library Journal (starred review)

'This book. What a stunner. Put it straight on your 2017 reading list.' Katherine Woodfine, author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

'“Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable sixteen-year-old. […]Alongside the intense struggles and conflicts faced by Starr’s family and community, there are some truly heart-melting moments between Starr and her white boyfriend Chris (their shared love of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is super cute), and also between Starr and her parents. Complex, gripping, stirring and so, so important – I can’t recommend this remarkable debut enough.”' LoveReading, Joanne Owen

'“Every so often the right book comes along at the right time and quite deservedly catches fire. Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel THE HATE YOU GIVE is that book.”' Salon

'“Thomas’ greatly anticipated debut addresses the stark realities of race and police brutality through a teenager’s eyes. But it’s no grim soapbox: her Voice is witty, generous, and real.”' Entertainment Weekly's Must List

'“The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense, and the pacing is strong, with Thomas balancing dramatic scenes of violence and protest with moments of reflection . . . Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted.”' School Library Journal, starred review

'“This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries.”' VOYA, starred review

'“Thomas gives Starr a perceptive voice that speaks important truths, while its direct accessibility keeps her compellingly readable . . . In this book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas effectively marries the legitimate rage at injustice with real-world complexity.”' The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

'“Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel that will similarly galvanize fans of Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down and Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys.” ' The Horn Book, starred review

'“In her debut novel, Angie Thomas creates what might be one of the decade's most vivid voices in YA fiction.” ' Shelf Awareness, starred review

'“Believe the hype: The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’s extraordinary and fearless debut, really is that good […] Her dialogue is like emotional sandpaper: It hurts and rubs you raw, but it refines. If The Hate U Give makes you uncomfortable, that’s because it should.”' Christian Science Monitor

'Thomas’s debut The Hate U Give is currently number one on The New York Times’ Young Adult Best Seller list. Inspired by the “anger frustrations and hurt” she felt after the killing of Oscar Grant in 2011, it’s a story that places a spotlight on #BlackLivesMatter at this crucial point in history.' Stylist

'“Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable sixteen-year-old. […] Complex, gripping, stirring and so, so important – I can’t recommend this remarkable debut enough.”' Joanne Owen, LoveReading

'Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable sixteen-year-old. […]Complex, gripping, stirring and so, so important – I can’t recommend this remarkable debut enough! April 2017 Debut of the Month' LoveReading, Joanne Owen

'“[…] passionate and uncompromising […] Starr and her many readers will keep asking the big questions.”' Observer

'“This is a powerful book.”' Irish Times Weekend

'[…] a teenage tale that tells a story relevant to all generations, particularly in the US, and seems destined to become a Black Lives Matter classic.' The Herald

'Angie Thomas pitches you headfirst into Starr's world as she witnesses the murder of her friend at the hands of the police: I was gripped, moved and appalled from the first chapter to the last. If you read one debut novel this year, make it this one.' Foyles Newsletter, Heather from Foyles Buying team

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