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

Discussion Guide

All first-year students will join their Orientation Leaders and Faculty Mentor in a book discussion during orientation week. Students can prepare by reading through the discussion guide. Transfer students are encouraged to read the summer book to join in on the campus conversation. 

Discussion Guide