Very few authors would have the expertise to so beautifully capture such difficult emotions without making the novel an explicit one.
Hate needs to be read.
Alan Gibbons understands school life very well and all the seething tensions that affect everyone in it.
It only becomes more so when you know it's based on the real-life tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster, and Gibbons doesn't pull any punches.
A very tense, riveting and compelling read.
Realistic down to the bone, this gritty novel will stay with you for a good while
Alan Gibbons should be praised for not holding back.
This is one of Gibbon's best...a hard-hitting, deeply moving thriller about contemporary society
A gritty, hard-hitting novel about tolerance and forgiveness ... an emotional, powerful read
Some books can change the world for the better -- this is one of them. All young people should be advised to read it.