Parents' Guide to

The Hate U Give

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed Black teen.

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age 14+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 16+

R Rated Book

Parents please be aware: This book has 90 F-words in it that are said regularly and if translated directly to a movie would be R rated. In order to make this into PG 13 movie they were required to have a maximum of 2 F-words and remove the mature content. Parents be aware the book is much more mature than the movie.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
5 people found this helpful.
age 16+
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas is a look into what a lot of black communities go through in the United States. The speaker is a girl named Starr Carter who is sixteen and lives in a neighborhood called Garden Heights. Her friend, Khalil, has an altercation with the cops and ends up being shot. From that point on, there are protests at Garden Heights and legal actions are taken. Throughout the rest of the book, there are themes regarding police brutality against the black community, stereotypes, and racialized poverty. I would recommend this book to anyone older than 16 because this book includes descriptive violence, profanity, and subjects that a younger audience might not completely understand. The only downfall of the book is the limited view. This book definitely has a bias toward one side (against the police). However, one of the main purposes of the book is to bring to light this current issue that the black community has with the police from their perspective. Thus, reading this book could be beneficial to anyone who is not in the black community to see what they experience and struggle. This book is extremely relevant to current issues because of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I recommend anyone to read this book, especially if you want to challenge your views if you do not completely agree with the movement!

This title has:

Educational value
Too much swearing
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (52 ):
Kids say (181 ):

Wrenching, soul stirring, funny, endearing, painful, and frustratingly familiar, this novel offers a powerful look at a few weeks in a fairly typical teen girl's life -- with one horrific exception. Sure she worries about school, issues with friends, and her secret boyfriend, but she's also the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. In The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas manages to bring humanity -- deep, emotionally binding, full-bodied humanity -- to the victims of police brutality and the families and friends they leave behind. The scenarios that revolve around the shooting are achingly routine -- unarmed African American, the media's push to blame the victim, a lax investigation, and a lack of charges or convictions. However, set against the backdrop of typical teen life, of community and family life, the consequences of the officer's actions and the actions others take after the tragedy take on a life and power beyond what any think piece or talking points on the subject could achieve.

The characters in the book are rich, complex, and fully developed. They feel like family, friends, and neighbors, and they give those unfamiliar with life in urban centers an understanding that the setting may be specific but the human condition is the universal. The tragedy and triumph of Thomas' stellar work is that it's very real and heartbreakingly familiar. Teens will enjoy the book for its unfiltered look at life, death, grief, and social and political commentary, while parents and teachers will enjoy the book's well-written and thorough approach to a complex social issue.

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