The Hate U Give


Angie Thomas explores identity, racism, and activism in The Hate U Give. We’re bringing this novel to our community with the hope that our youth will find their voices in the multi-generational conversations that will have lasting impact on their lives.

Publisher’s Book Discussion Guide for The Hate U Give


“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.”

Angie Thomas


“Thomas’s intimate writing style and the novel’s first-person perspective taps fully into Starr’s shock, pain, and outrage during the shooting and its aftermath. As a result, The Hate U Give allows some readers to see the complexity of their lives mirrored in literature; for others who may be removed from Starr’s experience or haven’t lived through similar tragedies, it can help generate deeper understanding.”

Anna Diamond, The Atlantic


“Here is a story about finding hope and love amidst unthinkable tragedy, punctuated in equal parts by suspense, tragedy, hilarity and love. So, yes, read Starr’s story because it’s important, because we need to uplift diversity, and because it’s politically relevant. But read it also to feel, to heal, to empathize and enjoy.”

Ryan Douglass, HuffingtonPost


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