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Author: Angie Thomas Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9780062677082
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bahni Turpin’s narration of this scene is poignant and horrific as unarmed Kahlil questions the officer’s stopping him and the officer becomes aggressive and shoots him three times in rapid succession…Turpin’s portrayals of all the characters are rich and deep, environments are evocatively described, and Starr’s fraught struggles to understand life’s complexities are believable. Many intense, difficult moments are relieved by the humor and the warmth of Starr’s unique family. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Turpin perfectly captures dialect, cadence, and slang, providing each individual with nuanced tones.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.”

    John Green, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fresh first-person perspective to a modern-day tragedy…With brilliant storytelling and deft accuracy, Thomas captures the tone of Starr’s neighborhood in a time of crisis.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Heartbreakingly topical, its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense…Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr’s natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “An important and timely novel that reflects the world today’s teens inhabit. Starr’s struggles create a complex character, and Thomas boldly tackles topics like racism, gangs, police violence, and interracial dating. This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book.”

    Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award–winning author

  • “As we continue to fight the battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America, The Hate U Give serves as a much needed literary ramrod. Absolutely riveting!”

    Jason Reynolds, coauthor of All American Boys

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner for Fiction and Poetry
  • A 2017 School Library Journal Best Book in Audio
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Female Narrator
  • Longlisted for the National Book Award

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About the Author

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University and was an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant awarded by We Need Diverse Books.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.