The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Categories: Anti-Police, Cursing, Racism, Sexual, Violence, Whiteness

Description: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is trying to balance her suburban prep school life with the poor, black neighborhood where she lives when she witnesses her childhood best friend Khalil get shot and killed by a police officer.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains inflammatory racial commentary; frequent profanity; and sexual activities.

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Page 51: “’You mean y’all wanna justify what that pig did,’ Daddy says. ‘Investigate my ass.’…’A sixteen-year-old black boy is dead because a white cop killed him. What else could it be?’”

Page 186: “She pats my hair and says, ‘White people do stupid shit sometimes.’”

Page 292: “…’Fuck the Police’ type shit.”

Page 377: “I slip my hand in his pants, heading for the bulge.”

Page 389: “’This some bullshit.’ ‘Fuck!’ Seven croaks. He covers his eyes and rocks back and forth. ‘Fuck, fuck, fuck!’…’Fuck this. Starr, whatever you wanna do, I’m down. You wanna burn some shit up, we’ll burn some shit up. Give the word.’”

Page 401: “…If my pops were here, he’d say you’ve fallen into the trap of the white standard.”

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