2019 Summer Book Read

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

Published in 2017, "The Hate U Give" is a story about 16-year-old Starr Carter witnessing the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Soon afterward, his death becomes a national headline. 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.

"The Hate U Give" has been on The New York Times Best Sellers list for 103 weeks. The book has won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, William C. Morris Award, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. It was an Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and was on the National Book Awards Longlist. "The Hate U Give" is Angie Thomas’s first book and was made into a film in 2018.

"The Hate U Give" is available at the Cobber Bookstore for purchase at a 20% discount. You can also order it online.

Summer Book Read Goals

The purpose of the Summer Book Read is to:

  • Stimulate an intellectual discussion among faculty and students
  • Introduce new students to academic life through a common read and academic discussion
  • Learn about issues that shape our world today and in the future