The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

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The novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is about a sixteen-year-old girl by the name of Starr Carter. Starr witnesses the shooting of Khalil, her childhood friend, by a white police officer. She strives to hide this secret from everyone apart from her family members, who are privy to the matter.

Starr meets up with DeVante at Rose Park while she is playing basketball with Seven, her half-brother. As the two enjoy a basketball game at the park, two Garden Disciples in Celtic jerseys approach them and pull a knife on Seven, ordering him to surrender his sneakers and phone. It is at this juncture that DeVante, one of the King Lords, comes to their rescue. He pulls a gun on the two men and brings to their attention the fact that Rose Park is King Lords territory.

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The young adult novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tells the story of how the main character Starr Carter, a 16 year old African American girl, becomes involved in activism after she becomes witness to a police shooting.

In the book Starr meets DeVante at the Rose Park basketball courts where she is playing basketball with her brother Seven. While there they are caught up in a fight and threatened by people they call the GDs. A younger boy helps them out by telling the GDs that "Rose Park was King territory." Seven introduces him to his sister as DeVante's and tells her "He's one of King's boys."

After a jury fails to indict the policeman that shot Starr's friend, DeVante is one of the people along with Starr, Chris, and Seven who defend their neighborhood from a gang leader called King.

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