Community Read

School of Art and Design Community Read

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join as we read and discuss Angie Thomas’ novel The Hate U Give. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping Young Adult novel about one girl’s struggle for justice and someone’s decision against silence.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Upcoming Discussion:

Friday April 9, 2021 at 1 pm
Facilitated discussion about Parts Two to Four (Five, Eight, and Ten weeks after) and Part Five (13 weeks after -The Decision)

This discussion will be held online via Webex. Click here to join the meeting.