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...Little Infants Fucks Everybody
The Hate U Give is a 2017 Young Adult novel by Angie Thomas.
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Starr hasn't seen her childhood crush in years. It's partly because her parents have sent her and her brother to a private school with mainly white kids, while eking out a living in Garden Heights. It's also because Khalil has been trying to take care of his ill grandmother. When Khalil drives Starr home after a disastrous party, a cop pulls them over and intimidates them. Starr is Forced to Watch when the cop guns down Khalil for asking if she's okay. The community is furious, especially when the media invokes Victim Blaming and paints Khalil as a drug dealer. Starr has to decide if she can afford to stay quiet, while battling her trauma of witnessing Khalil die.

A Film of the Book was released in October 2018, starring Amandla Stenberg as Starr.

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Tropes for this book include:

  • Abusive Parents: It's all but stated that King abuses Kenya and her siblings.
  • Action Survivor: Starr is a tragic example, and a lot of the book focuses on the aftermath. Yes, she survived a highly traumatic and stressful event, but she's forever changed by it, and is in varying states of emotional ruin throughout.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Chris can't help but find most of the jokes made at his expense funny (and accurate).
  • Adult Fear:
    • Khalil's death, which Starr is Forced to Watch. His mother sobs over his casket.
    • Maverick decided to get out of the drug selling business because he wanted to be there for his kids, and not repeat his Disappeared Dad's mistakes.
    • "The Talk" in both the film and book is this, it refers not to sex but to how to communicate with the police and Maverick gives it to his children since they were young....Maverick has to give his young, innocent children a talk about how a police officer could kill or beat them for saying the wrong thing. He has to disabuse his kids of some innocence to help them survive.
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  • Bait the Dog: King is at first presented as Affably Evil at worst — a criminal, sure, but a polite one with some sense of justice. But as the novel goes on, it becomes clear that he is a truly awful man that must be stopped. He finally crosses the line by attempting to murder DeVante, and then burning down Maverick's store.
  • Battlecry: "A hairbrush is not a gun!"
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Kenya and DeVante argue instead of flirting.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even someone as nice as Starr has her limits. She verbally rips One-Fifteen to shreds on live television, snitches on King, and beats the ever-loving crap out of Hailey after she makes one too many snide comments about Khalil.
    • Same thing for Seven, who beats up Hailey's older brother after the boy tried to beat up Starr after calling her a bitch. Lampshaded by one of Maverick's friends.
      I didn't think your nerdy ass had it in you.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Don't hurt Starr on Seven's watch. Don't call her a bitch, either, unless you want to get punched. He also cares a lot for his other half-sisters Kenya and Lyric, to the point where he was willing to give up his oppurtunity to got to great colleges, to go to the local college so he can look after them
  • Big, Friendly Dog: The Carter family's pitbull Brickz
  • Bittersweet Ending: Much as what happened in real life with Michael Brown, Officer Cruise evades charges for murdering Khalil and the police attempt to suppress Garden Heights' righteously furious protest. King also succeeds in burning down Maverick's grocery store. But Starr has the confidence that she can stand up for what's right, her family has moved into the suburbs, with an alive DeVante and Seven in tow, King gets arrested on arson and drug charges and Mr. Lewis gives Maverick his storefront as a means to rebuild.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • A variant that gets subverted; Starr is furious when she sees Khalil's mother sobbing about her son, while the former became a drug addict and didn't protect him from getting into drug dealing in the first place. Her mother tells her not to be disrespectful; regardless of what Khalil's mother did, she still gave birth to him.
    • Seven calls out his mother for crashing his birthday party but not showing up to his graduation.
  • Category Traitor: Subverted with Uncle Carlos. Although he is a cop, and he knows the officer that killed Khalil, his number one priority is protecting Starr. When he finds out that Officer Cruise endangered Starr, he punches the former at work and gets suspended. After Maverick accuses him of not being loyal, Carlos explodes and points out that he took care of Starr while Maverick covered for King, a drug lord who didn't deserve loyalty, and went to jail for him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. Lewis the Jerk with a Heart of Gold barber. He was a war veteran with prosthetics, and he believes that King shouldn't be ruling the neighborhood. As he tells Maverick, he's an old guy and if he's going to die, he doesn't mind going down with a fight.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Subverted; Maverick is worried this is the case when he finds out Starr is dating a white boy. Starr assures him that it's not the case; her dad taught her that she wanted to date a guy like him.
  • Domestic Abuse: King is known to beat Iesha, even putting her in the hospital at one point.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Starr really hates being pitied, especially by strangers.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked. Starr calls out Hailey for making a fried chicken joke while they play basketball. Maya also recalls that Hailey made an inappropriate Asian joke and no one laughed about it. Eventually Starr decides to cut Hailey out of her life when the latter refuses to understand.
  • Faux Affably Evil: King can seem polite at times, but he's rotten to his core. By the end, he's stopped pretending.
  • A Friend in Need: The entire Garden Heights community it seems. After Khalil died, many of the community got together to cook and help his family prepare and raise funds for the funeral. It's even lampshaded that people help one another and offer what they have despite not having a lot of money.
    • Former community member Carlos and Maverick do this for DeVante's safety.
  • Fun with Acronyms: On a meta level, the first letters of each word in the title spell out THUG. The trailer for the film adaptation spotlights this.
  • Good Parents: Lisa and Mav. They're not perfect, but the safety of their children is always their #1 priority.
  • Happily Married: Lisa and Maverick have their problems, but they deeply love each other and are very happy as a married couple.
  • Has a Type: Chris is dating Starr (the only black girl in their grade), and his celebrity crushes are Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj. Starr dryly notes that he obviously has a type.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While appearing to be a Jerk Ass who seems to be throwing not only Seven but his two younger sisters out when she catches Seven, Starr and Chris trying to sneak DeVante out of King's house, Iesha is actually doing this trope by getting her kids out of the house before King can notice that DeVante is gone, turning all of his anger on her. She ends up hospitalized.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Not a nickname, per se, but even after learning his name, Starr always calls the officer that shot Khalil "One-Fifteen," after his badge number.
    • Starr's mom sometimes calls her "Munch."
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Chris at one point asks why black parents often give their kids "weird" names. Starr and her friends point out to him that many of those names have deep meanings in other languages, and, more to the point, it's not like white parents don't give their kids ridiculous names, too. Chris admits they're right, and apologizes for phrasing the question the way he did.
    • Subverted by Hailey. At first, her racist comments come off as a privileged white girl who doesn't know any better, but it quickly becomes clear that she doesn't want to know any better. She gets incredibly defensive whenever she's called out, and refuses to change.
  • Internal Reveal: One by one, Starr's friends at Williamson finally find out she was the witness in Khalil's death, with varying reactions.
  • It's All About Me: Hailey, Hailey, Hailey! The most glaring example is how she responds to Starr calling her out for a racist joke... by getting extremely offended that Starr would call her racist.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Maverick. Hotheaded, former criminal, sometimes judgmental... devoted father and husband, and willing to lay his life on the line to do what's right.
    • Also, Kenya. She's bitchy and petty at times, but it's clear she adores Seven, and she does care for Starr.
    • DeVante is a rude drug dealer, but he's mostly a scared kid, and he mellows out significantly when Maverick and Carlos start helping him.
  • Karma Houdini: While King and Hailey both get their just desserts in the end, One-Fifteen walks away scot-free. Starr is utterly devastated by this.
  • Killer Cop: One-Fifteen, of course. Inspired by many, many cases of Truth in Television.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Discussed. Starr, Seven, DeVante, and Kenya all agree that this trope is "white people shit." Chris agrees it's stupid, but protests that it only happens in horror movies. It comes up again when Seven's car runs out of gas. Chris suggests three people leave to find a gas station while the other two stay with the car, before stopping midsentence.
  • Lovable Rogue:
    • DeVante is a drug dealer and a gang member, but he's sympathetic, funny, and plucky enough that it's hard not to like him. He genuinely wants out of the criminal lifestyle, which helps.
    • Subverted by King. He seems pretty amiable at first, despite being a drug lord, but his true colors slowly get revealed throughout the novel. By the end, he's not lovable at all.
  • Love at First Sight: Maverick fell hard for Lisa the first time he saw her. Lisa, for her part, thought Mav made an idiot of himself.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Chris and Starr aren't anywhere near marriage yet, but Starr notices that a lot of their classmates seem to think Chris shouldn't be dating her. She also hides the relationship from her father, since Maverick has often spoken ill of mixed relationships in the past. Eventually Maverick finds out, and he's flabbergasted at first, but he gets over it. By the end of the story, he realizes that Chris is a good guy, and starts to warm up to him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Starr was so named because she was a bit of brightness in a very dark period of Maverick's life.
    • Seven, meanwhile, got his name because seven is a lucky number.
    • "Khalil" means "friend."
    • "Maverick" means "independent" or "nonconformist."
    • Brickz was named such because according to Maverick ''he's always been as heavy as some bricks
  • My Greatest Second Chance: After feeling like they failed Khalil, Maverick and Uncle Carlos rescue young DeVante when he steals money from King and runs away from the gang life.
  • N-Word Privileges: The word and all its forms are said quite frequently, but only by the black characters. At one point, Starr notes that Chris, while singing along to "Fuck tha Police," goes silent every time the n-word is said. "As he should."
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted. Those that knew Khalil in life are conscious of his flaws, and discuss them extensively, though they all still love and miss him. The media, meanwhile, paints him as a threat and a gangbanger, despite evidence to the contrary. Hailey also has no qualms about insulting him, even though she never even met him, because he was a drug dealer. This gets her beaten up.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Chris. He adores Starr, and when he finally finds out the full truth about the shooting and Starr's role in it, he's supportive, even accompanying Starr and the others to the violent protest.
    • Maya is nice to the point of being a pushover. She grows a spine.
    • Lisa is a devoted mother, and is kind and supportive throughout.
    • Starr, though she does not suffer fools gladly, is a kindhearted and loving girl.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Starr eventually gives one to Hailey (as Seven gives one to Hailey's brother) when Hailey says that Khalil was probably going to die young anyway.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: The entire neighborhood pulls this on King at the end. After Maverick openly names King as a criminal, the other residents of the neighborhood follow, confirming Maverick's story.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Lisa's brother and mother don't really get along with Maverick, he feels the same way. The former is treated with more seriousness and the two men do act civilly towards one another while the latter is treated with comedy as Starr's grandmother complains about BOTH Maverick and her daughter-in-law Lisa.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Khalil's Mother has to deal with her son getting killed and to top it off, his grandmother with cancer lost her grandson.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Maverick looks out for Starr, Seven, and DeVante.
    • Uncle Carlos took care of Starr when Maverick ended up in jail. He punches Officer Cruise on learning that the latter threatened his niece, which gets him put on paid leave.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Iesha appears at Seven's graduation/birthday party in a pink car and with pink (skimpy) clothing.
  • Reality Ensues: All over the place.
    • The most heartbreaking example: the cop that killed Khalil gets away with it. Anyone who's familiar with the police shootings that inspired the novel could probably see it coming, as it happens so often in real life, but it's still hard to swallow.
    • Hailey doesn't see the error of her ways and become a better person, and Starr ends the friendship. Sometimes, people are just bigots, and you have to walk away.
    • Chris and Starr don't have sex because, as Chris points out when Starr tries to initiate it, she's traumatized, and not in the proper frame of mind to make such a big, potentially life-altering decision.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Starr gives one to One-Fifteen during her TV interview, though he's not actually present, calling him a cowardly racist that deserves to rot in jail for what he did.
    • At the novel's climax, she gives one to the entire freaking police force, calling them out on their institutional racism and informing them that, until things change, people won't quiet down.
    • Seven gives an utterly deserved one to Iesha after she pushes his buttons one too many times.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Mr. Lewis lacks a filter and can be quite demanding. Starr's grandmother is very opinionated and is known to curse a lot, even in front of her young grandchildren.
  • Starbucks Skin Scale: Discussed in-universe where an annoyed Starr once called her boyfriend Chris "Marshmallow" after he called her "Caramel".
  • The Stool Pigeon: Discussed throughout. No one wants to snitch on King — as Starr puts it, snitches don't get stitches, snitches get graves. However, Mr. Lewis openly badmouths him on TV, pointing out how awful King's presence is for the neighborhood, and basically daring King to come and get him. And oh, does King try. Starr "dry snitches" on him, during her own TV interview. She doesn't name names, but everyone knows damn well who she means. Finally, Maverick does, too, and is followed by the rest of the neighborhood, when King goes too far.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Starr's family is a minor example. It's not too hard to remember, but Starr outright admits it can be confusing to the uninitiated. Basically — Starr and Sekani are the children of Lisa and Mav. Kenya is the daughter of Iesha and King. (Kenya also has younger siblings who are Iesha's, but it's never specified if they're King's.) Seven is the result of a one night stand between Iesha and Mav, making him Kenya, Starr, and Sekani's half-brother. (This has the strange side effect of having Kenya and Starr being kind of related, but not really.) In addition, Lisa, Seven's stepmother, essentially raised him as her own, and he considers her to be more his mother than Iesha.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Lisa had Starr while she was a senior in high school.
  • Their First Time: Subverted. It looks like this will happen between Chris and Starr... but Chris stops it, because Starr is traumatized, stressed, and in the worst emotional state of her life, and he recognizes that it shouldn't happen when she's in such a state. The encounter ends with them chastely snuggling instead.
  • Token Minority: Starr and Maya are this to Williamson, Starr being black and Maya being Asian.
  • Token White: Chris and Hailey are the only major white characters in the book — even the officer that killed Khalil is mostly a background figure. By the end, Chris is this to Starr's Garden group of friends, since she's cut ties with Hailey.
  • Waif-Fu: Starr is an average teenage girl and a Nice Girl at that, but the cathartic beatdown she gives Hailey after a whole narrative of her saying racist and insensitive stuff to Starr and Maya reveals how tough she really is, lampshaded by a friend of Maverick's.
    Damn little mama, you got some hands.
  • We Used to Be Friends: King and Mav used to be pretty close friends, but not so much since Mav left the criminal lifestyle. They still seem to be on decent terms, though. Until King tries to murder DeVante, all but puts a hit out on Starr, and burns Maverick's store down, anyway.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kenya calls Starr out for not speaking out about Khalil's death more publicly. Starr agrees with her, but it's clear that it's a complicated situation — people who speak out against police brutality often get death threats, and Starr is sixteen.
  • The Whitest Black Guy:
    • Starr and her siblings struggle with accusations of this, since they attend a mostly-white prep school. Starr makes a conscious effort to avoid seeming "ghetto" when she's around white people, resulting in her "acting white."
    • Maverick accuses Carlos of this, due to being a cop and living out in the suburbs. He gets over it, and realizes that this kind of thinking does more harm than good.
    • Humorously inverted with Chris, who's white and rich, but has what Starr and the others consider to be a "black" sense of style and taste in entertainment. In one scene, Starr, Seven, Kenya, and DeVante all teasingly claim Chris is "really" black, though he does say something from time to time that makes his background clear. (See Let's Split Up, Gang for the most obvious case of this.)
    DeVante: (to Chris) You're not white. You're just light-skinned.
    Starr: That's what I've been saying!
  • Wicked Stepmother: Inverted. Seven much prefers Lisa to his biological mother, Iesha, and doesn't correct people when they assume Lisa's his mother. Lisa, for her part, considers Seven to be her son, regardless of how he came about.
  • With Friends Like These...: Hailey is spoiled, self-absorbed, and more than a little racist, though even she doesn't seem to realize it. Starr and Maya cut her off at the end.
  • Women Are Wiser: Lisa and Maverick are both good people and good parents, but Lisa's considerably more down-to-earth and reasonable.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • One-Fifteen murders Khalil, who is sixteen years old and unarmed.
    • King tries to murder DeVante, and all but puts a target on Starr's back after she snitches on him on live TV.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: A strictly Played for Laughs example, as Starr and her Garden friends all teasingly tell Chris he's not so bad... for a white guy. Chris is flustered, but can't help but laugh at their jokes.
  • You Are Number 6: Seven. He was named that because seven is a lucky number.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Maverick slept with Iesha after a fight with Lisa — resulting in Seven. Lisa despises Iesha, but she loves Seven too much to hold it against him, and treats him like her own son. She also forgave Maverick for his infidelity, though she tells Starr that if he ever did it again, she'd kick him to the curb.
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