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Monarch Book Club

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Discussion Questions

  • ‚ÄčWhat do you think of the book? Which part resonated with you the most?
  • In the opening scene, Starr reflects, "there are just some places where it's not enough for me to be me. Either version of me."  
    • Explore the practice of code switching, and discuss how you might code switch in your own life. In what places have you felt this same tension?
    • In what ways is this tension particular to people from historically oppressed groups?
  • When Starr loses her friend to a police shooting, she's surprised by her response, reflection, "I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure  the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I'm too afraid to speak."
    • How do you imagine you'd respond if you were an eye witness, like Starr?
    • Why do you think her own response surprised her, and why do you think did not respond the way she thought she would?
  • At the police station, after Starr details the events leading up to the shooting, the detective shift her focus to Khalil's past.
    • Why do you think the detective did this?
    • Discuss how Khalil is portrayed in the media. How does Starr work to counteract this portrayal?
  • How do you think Starr would define family? What about Seven, DeVante, Kenya, and Khalil?

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Students discussing the Hate U Give The Hate U Give, Book Cover