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  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (285 ratings)

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The Hate U Give

By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Starr is a 16-year-old black girl living in parallel worlds, teetering between the poor neighbourhood where she was raised and the posh suburban high school she attends. But when she witnesses a deadly act of police violence, that fraught balancing act falls apart. Her fellow students know nothing of what it's like to live under that shadow of fear. 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the instances of racially-motivated violence in America that the activist group was born from, this powerful and gripping audiobook by Angie Thomas is moving, topical and compelling. Award-winning narrator Bahni Turpin adds an emotive edge to Starr’s struggle for justice, guiding listeners through each moment of joy, anger and heartbreak.

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
Winner of 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

Critic Reviews

"Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." (John Green)

"The narration here brings this powerful YA novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, vividly to life." (Lancashire Post)

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A hate that shouldn’t be

I couldn’t stop listening. Sad, thought provoking, powerful. A book everyone should read/listen & reflect on.

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Interesting read

The book is an interesting read for someone who isn’t familiar with the arguments for black rights. I think that for the most part the book highlights the deep prejudices that exist and how they might manifest in real life. I think this is the type of book you give to someone who doesn’t understand the issues of equality but not sure I’d recommend reading it to people who are familiar with the discourses around police brutality and racism.

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A truely eye opening story

This story put my friends and I to tears, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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Everything about this book is absolutely perfect.

I don't even have anything that convincing to say right now it's just everything I wanted it to be. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏼

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A Great Book

I really enjoyed this book.
Would have liked it to go further but guess there will most likely be a sequel.

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Powerful

This book is powerful — it’s a roller coaster of emotion. The highs and lows feel so real; because it isn’t a far fetched account of systemic racism. I’m sure a majority of people could relate. No book has ever made me cry as frequently or as hard. Bahni Turpin’s narration was spectacular.

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I'd heartily recommend listening.

This book has been on my to read list for quite sometime and now I wish I'd listened to it sooner.
I was captivated from beginning to end.

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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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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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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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