Pick of the Month

Bookcover: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Grades 9+, 444 pages


“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
 
It’s tiring being Starr Carter, especially when there are two of her. Starr lives a dual life, there’s the Starr who goes home each night to the neighborhood her parents grew up in. Where parties end in gunshots and the streets belong to ever-competing gangs. Then there’s the Starr that attends an elite private school. A school where she’s the only black girl in her year, where she’s careful about the words she uses and never invites her friends’ home for dinner.
 
On her way home from a party Starr and her childhood friend Khalil are pulled over by the police. Everything goes wrong and Khalil, unarmed and non-threatening is shot and killed. Khalil becomes a national headline, the media start calling him a thug and a drug dealer. For Starr it seems that she and Khalil are the ones on trial.
 
Starr must find the courage to tell her story. To let the world know the Khalil she knows. How can she stand for Khalil when she hasn’t been able to stand for herself? Starr must ask herself the question:
 
“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
 
Perspective is everything. By giving us Starr Carter author Angie Thomas has given us a voice, and a perspective, that needs to be heard. 


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