The Hate U Give
Publisher: Walker Books
6th April 2017
Set to be the most powerful and brave book of 2017, The Hate U Give is an unapologetic look at what prejudice looks like in the 21st Century.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, with movie rights sold to Fox 2000 and with literary rights sold in 14 territories, the anticipation for Angie Thomas’ debut novel is already immense.
The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G.) is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr – a girl of two worlds. Every day she walks a fine line between the poor inner-city neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and the wealthy suburbs where she goes to high school. The uneasy balance between the two is shattered when Starr becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. Now Starr must fight for justice, using the most powerful weapon she has – her voice. But how she uses it could destroy her two carefully separated lives, her family, and her community. It could also get her killed.
The Hate U Give is a ground-breaking novel that tackles the complex themes of social justice, unheard voices, and what it means to be an outsider in the 21st Century.
Praise for The Hate U Give
“The Hate U Give is going to be one of the most important books of 2017. No hyperbole, just facts.” – Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
“Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” – John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
“Teenagers need to read this.” – Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours
About the Author
Angie Thomas is an exciting and powerful new voice in YA fiction. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson Mississippi, and studied Creative Writing at Belhaven University, where she was one of the only black students – a theme which she visits in The Hate U Give. A former teen rapper, she recently won the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign.
The Hate U Give is her first novel. You can find her on Twitter @acthomaswrites.