The Hate U Give (Hardcover)
Teenaged Starr Carter rotates between two worlds - the poor, black neighborhood where she lives, and the rich, white high school she attends - and is acutely aware of how she changes as she passes between them. When her childhood best friend, Khalil, is murdered by a policeman before her eyes, Starr becomes a witness to a crime that headlines national news and throws her neighborhood -and her double life- into turmoil. As Starr confronts injustice with the law, she also challenges it in her social life, bravely soldering into a heroine whose greatest strength is her voice.— Mary Cate
Eight Starred Reviews #1 New York Times Bestseller
"Absolutely riveting " --Jason Reynolds
"Stunning." --John Green
"This story is necessary. This story is important." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Heartbreakingly topical." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A marvel of verisimilitude." --Booklist (starred review)
"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --The Horn Book (starred review)
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.