Discussion: The Hate U Give

Welcome back to book club, delving into the issues in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sorry this post is late. Finding time to record it was tricky. Still figuring out how to fit stuff in around all of my parenting duties. Actually, there are two audio clips for this discussion because my baby started crying halfway through my first recording and I couldn’t figure out how to edit the two clips together. Ha! Anyway, take a listen below and make sure to leave your comments. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Part 1
Part 2

 

Reminder that June’s book is The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Can’t wait to chat about it!

Also, you can find previous book club posts here, here is a copy of The Corner by David Simon, and here is that Radiolab podcast I mentioned (part 1, part 2).

Discussion: The Hate U Give

One thought on “Discussion: The Hate U Give

  1. Valerie Steckler says:

    Thanks again Jessica for the great audio review of this book. I finished it about a month ago so listening to you helped me to recall not only the facts about the book, but some of my thoughts and feelings while reading it.
    I believe that we are, almost daily, presented with opportunities that can, if we let them, impress upon us how truly blessed we are. I was walking our dogs the other day bemoaning the state of our town and its unkempt appearance and multitude of weeds when I experienced one of those moments. It just hit me that I have a fantastic trail system that is safe and maintained (cleared of snow in the winter) and affords me an absolutely unfettered, utterly enjoyable, chance to wander our town freely and safely. I would venture to guess a majority of people are not so lucky.
    This book, along with Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, gives you a glimpse into the world of ‘being black.’ But it is just a glimpse. Like any life other than our own, we can only grasp it’s reality in a very small way.
    The world is full of the intolerant and the ignorant. Because the United States is supposed to be the leaders of the free world (I say that with one eyebrow raised) there is some expectation that the people will take that label seriously and live lives of benevolence and acceptance. It seems that they just can’t and perhaps the world in general needs to stop expecting that nation to be what they simply cannot be. (Stepping off my soap box now).
    Although the book’s topic is frustrating for me, I did enjoy it. Starr was a multi-faceted character that you just couldn’t help cheer for. Her family was volatile, and tough, and loving, and relentless champions of each other and their community. In delving into the topic of police brutality against black people, it helped give me a better sense of what goes on everyday in the lives of most black people in the US. When you read and hear about these incidents, you only really get surface facts and some times it can be too easy to judge ‘the victim.’ Stories such as this help us to see beyond the incident itself into the lives of the people involved and what may have brought them to that point when they became that rallying cry, that proverbial straw, that nudge that pushed their family and communities over the edge. That edge fall erupting into violence and civil confrontation.
    The reality of the book grates on me; it’s message needs to be heard en masse – sadly enough though, it will likely go unheeded.

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