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The Hate U Give

Written by: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-20

Must read!!!!!!!!

This is an amazing book a
and is a great listen to!!!! It addresses real issues that if you are a middle class white person wont have this experience or even be completely aware of this still happening currently in the world. There is sexual activity and frequent strong language and constant mentions of drugs and thug life(The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody) but surely this doesn't matter when it is a good true read. Though you need to be very mature. It is a must read!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ciara mcgarry
  • 27-02-20

AMAZING

This is a must read! A truely well written book and amazing story. 5 Starrs!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-19

What an experience!

Incredible fiction rooted in real life. Angie Thomas delivered some really emotional wrong, beautifully balanced with coming of age comic relief! I love Starr and it’s been a joy seeing her grow!

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  • Gary B.
  • 19-12-19

Well written glance into life in black America

As a white, middle aged male, I know nothing of the world Angie Thomas writes about and so I 'enjoyed' the story more for the world that opened up to me rather than the core story line. It brilliantly highlights inequality and the inherent racism that exists in the US - knowing that it exists and is growing elsewhere. Similar to Orangeboy (London setting). Both have weaker endings, but it's the journey with the characters that is so much more important.

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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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  • Nell
  • 15-12-19

One of my all time favourite audio books

This book made sleepless nights enjoyable, I almost went to bed hoping that I would have trouble sleeping.

Story was great and made for really good listening.

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  • Janet
  • 01-11-19

Interesting insight into black America

Thought this story seemed a very authentic scenario well told. Good for young or older adults who don't mind a little swearing. Worth a listen.

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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.