The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Audiobook CD - 2017
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black 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, Khalil's death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr's best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr's neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9781470827137
1470827131
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tho
Description: 9 audio discs (11 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: 012-017
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni

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mlcramer
Dec 15, 2018

So. So. Good. Star is my new hero. I want to me her, every other character the author created (except King!), and go live with the Carter family.

SnoIsleLib_KathyS Aug 19, 2017

Amazing book, the audiobook was fabulously read. A peek behind the seemingly daily headlines of cops killing unarmed black men with no repercussions, to the complicated lives and neighborhoods of the killed, the witnesses, and the community. Starr is the eye witness to her childhood friend being killed by a cop, and it is the story of her growing in to her own voice. It is also the story of how she has to navigate 2 worlds: buttoned down and as inoffensive as possible in her white school, and loose and slangy in her ghetto neighborhood (reminiscent of Sherman Alexie), but how she starts integrating them. Highly recommended.

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obtusata
Apr 15, 2017

This was an incredible and honest look at racism and how we perceive people. I do my best to be educated about the issues and aware of my white privilege, but hearing this story through Star's experiences gave me a new perspective because the author did not hold bad when showing us what the characters *felt.* It's been said a thousand times before, but this is truly an important read and I encourage everyone, regardless of race, nationality, etc. to read it. It's not an easy read, but it's topical and hard to put down.

I listened to the audio version narrated by Bahni Turpin and it was exquisitely performed. I've already flagged a number of audiobooks she's narrated simply because I know that the performance will be good. She did an excellent job of delineating the many different characters and emotions.

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May 16, 2019

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