Read the critically acclaimed, soon to be a major motion picture, young adult novel that has been #1 on the NYTimes bestseller list since February! 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.
At A Glance
- 444 pages
- 4.61 Goodreads rating
- Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary
- Publication Date: February 28 2017
- December 17th, 2017
- 1:00 PM EDT
- Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
- We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
- For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here
Why We Picked This Book
The Hate U Give hits five of our target genres for Better Off Read GR:
- Award winners/critically acclaimed
- Books that have been adapted into film
- Contemporary fiction
- Banned books (If it hasn’t been banned already, it will be.)
For those wishing to purchase the book, Schuler’s offers a generous 20% discount on our book club picks each month. The book is available at the Book Club table to the left of the entrance. Ask an employee if you have difficulty finding it.
To view the discussion questions for The Hate U Give, click here.