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The Hate U Give

Written by: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018 and the Children's Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping young-adult novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

©2017 Angela Thomas (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good read.

​This is so utterly beautiful..that I fail to find words that can... suitably elocute my experience. I felt that I was experiencing the characters, their pains & pangs, everything felt real. 

Loved it! 

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  • Yvette Anderson
  • 18-09-19

Loved and Loved

The story is current and characters relatable. Music and fashion is weaved throughout making me land in the middle of the family living room although I am a white girl sitting in Cape Town. Stop feeding Hate I want to scream, but I live in a society where so much hate is pumped into the system it is boiling over.
Thank you for writing this and for the magnificent performance!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

a great book wonderfully read

a great book with a message, wonderfully read in a way that brings the characters and story to life

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  • Faith Howes
  • 12-03-19

Incredible performance!

The book is absolutely fantastic, as I’m sure most people know by now, but I truly cannot say enough about Bahni Turpin‘s interpretation! She truly brought this novel and all it’s complex characters to life in an authentic and moving way. This is one audiobook that shouldn’t be passed over!

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  • The Yellow Dart
  • from one of the smaller moons of Jupiter
  • 10-04-19

Entertaining, powerful but a bit YA

I got this book without knowing too much about it and tbh probably wouldn't have listened to it if I knew it was in the young adult category of fiction (me being a middle-aged man) But having said that even though it does feel very YA at times with a lot of focus on teenage concerns (early relationships, teen entertainment) and some of the dialogue feels a little clunky, I still got caught up in the story, characters and it's dealing with the ills of society. It does develop somewhat predictably but that's sort of in keeping with the feel of the book.
One thing which makes it as entertaining as it is, is the narration by Bahni Turpin, which is excellent and one of the best performances I've heard on an audiobook.
Overall I recommend it with maybe some reservations if you're an old codger like me (glad I listened to it overall though) and I think younger readers would gain a lot from its powerful message.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-19

brilliant

I have not seen the movie, but if it's as amazing as this audio book then I will take the time out to watch it.

Bahni Turpin's narration is oscar worthy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

brilliant

well written and well read we need more audio narrators like Bahni Turpin to bring audio books to life

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  • C V Grieve
  • 15-10-19

Heart wrenching!

An all to familiar story now a days. Bahni Turpin reads it beautifully and with raw emotion. A black youth shot for no reason, the story illustrates the agony that it causes an already troubled community.

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  • JuicyGG
  • 12-10-19

possibly the best, realest, heart warming book

literally tears are in my eyes. this book is amazing and is filled with so much truth. a change needs to come and will if we all stick together

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  • Chocolate Girl Reads
  • 11-09-19

THUG LIFE- The hate u give little infants

The message behinds this story is one that speaks of recently events surrounding the black community. Although set out in America easily relatable to the UK.

Great book, good message.

Narrator did a fantastic job, really brought the character to life.

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  • Rayphia
  • 15-08-19

An Introduction not a Masterpiece

I don't know where this hype came from but the book doesn't feel like it lives up to it. It's a pretty good YA novel and teaches younger teens the problems that exist today without overloading with the complicated nuance. Although I prefer a more neutral approach, it does give you an idea of the perspective that many black people in this situation have and the experiences that lead to that.

but it's too simplistic to be the masterpiece that everyone touts it as. It's a good book that says some powerful stuff. But it's not life changing, at least not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

You almost wish this wasn't a true story

The book is very clever to take you through all of the emotions of a young girl haunted by a terrifyingly truthful trauma

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  • Karan Brar
  • 07-08-19

Simply the best

Bahni Turpin has narrated this great book in a way that captivates you from the start until the end. One of the best audiobooks in recent times...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-19

provocative

listened to it with my teenage boys in one hit as we drove on a road trip. was great and the boys did not want to stop

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  • Veronika Leigh
  • 07-07-19

Powerful, Relevant Story

Powerful writing of a powerful story. It's so relevant and the protagonist is extremely likeable and relatable. Narration is phenomenal! A distinct voice for each individual character.

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  • Dena
  • 28-04-19

Everyone needs to hear this

This is a story that needs to be shared. Beautifully narrated, with a powerful message that reflects our modern history and our present.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

Inspiring and Eye opening!!

The story was eye opening and revealed so much that I didn't know. I knew things like shootings without a good enough cause happened but I didn't know about the riots and how people of different race were treated completely differently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

Required Reading

This is a novel full of voice -- in more way than one. It's been years since a book has made me cry or truly taught me something. This book managed both.

Let's stop giving kids 'Romeo and Juliet' and '1982', and give them this. Give them a book that won't just get them thinking, but maybe get them thinking *differently*.

I'm grateful to Angie Thomas, to the perfect narration of Bahni Turpin, and to the most real story I've read in a long time.