The Hate U GiveBook - 2017
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Join Omaha Public Library and Beacon Story Lab for an evening of community member stories inspired by Omaha Reads' 2018 selection "The Hate U Give," an award-winning young adult novel by Angie Thomas. The show will open with a performance by artist and inspirational poet, Withlove, Felicia.Register to attend this event through Eventbrite.Want to be a part of the show?The night... (more)
Omaha-area young professionals are invited for an evening of community dialog surrounding topics from this year's Omaha Reads title, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. Adult beverages and light appetizers will be served. Register to attend this event through EventBrite. (more)
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After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. Reason for being banned/challenged: pervasively vulgar, drug use, profan... Read More »
Starr's story is beautiful and heartbreaking. Her voice and experiences are so important for EVERYONE to read (whether you're seeing yourself represented or reading a perspective different from your own). But this isn't a one-note "issue" book. It is also engaging and heartwarming, and ... Read More »
OPL_AmyW Aug 03, 2018
After Starr's childhood friend, Khalil, is shot and killed in front of her by a white police officer, Starr must decide what lengths she will go to to stand up for her friend, her neighborhood, and herself in this gripping and emotional novel about love, prejudice, and the feeling of growing up w... Read More »
OPL_ErinD Jul 25, 2018
The Hate U Give is a relevant and important book for today’s world. For some readers, they will see themselves in Starr or her family and friends. For others it will offer a glimpse into a life that is unlike their own.
This book is a lot of things. It is the story of a young Black person kill... Read More »
OPL_KrisC Jul 19, 2018
A timely and compelling story of a young black girl who witnesses the unjust death of a friend at the hands of a white police officer. It's a heartbreaking and thought-provoking look at racism and police violence. Starr's journey from reluctant witness to outspoken advocate is not only courageo... Read More »
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
burgundy_llama_53 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
brihawkins13 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
blue_dog_25051 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
Coarse Language: extreme profanity, but not to the extent that teenagers can't handle
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Starr Carter is a girl with a foot in two worlds. By day, she attends Williamson, a suburban prep school where she is one of only two black students in her year. In the evening, she goes home to Garden Heights, the city’s poor, black neighbourhood, where she has lived all her life. She is one person at home and another person at school, because she can’t be too “bougie” in the neighbourhood, or too “ghetto” at school. But the wall she has carefully built between her two selves begins to crumble when she is the only witness to a police officer shooting and killing her childhood friend, Khalil. The killing gains national headlines as protestors take to the streets to protest the murder of yet another unarmed black boy. In the day’s following Khalil’s death, Starr faces a choice between remaining silent, and speaking up. But even if she can find her voice, will it be enough to get justice for Khalil?
"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right."
Sixteen year old Starr moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the affluent high school she attends. The uneasy balance is shattered when she becomes a witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was black, unarmed, and doing nothing wrong.
Soon afterwards, the media gains interest, and Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, a gangbanger even a drug dealer. While the police don’t seem interested in finding out what really happened, rioting begins and protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name, as his death ignites long held tensions between the black community and their treatment by the police.
Throughout, Starr struggles with her identity as her two worlds collide. Her fear is palpable as she confronts system that she knows is working against her. She’s afraid to speak out yet worries that if she does not Khalil’s murderer could escape justice. Will she find her voice for Khalil?
Angie Thomas writes a beautiful, timely and emotionally charged novel about a teenage girl dealing with very real and complex relationships. Thomas confronts issues of race and class sending an incredibly powerful message to readers as well as those wanting to understand the blacklivesmatter movement. Her writing style and characters will engage you from page one, and will have readers falling in love with the entire Carter family. An engrossing and refreshing read, it is hard to believe that this is Thomas’s first novel, already the rights have been given for this to be made into a feature film.