What 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?
Adapted from https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/the-hate-u-give/guide