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.
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).
Now that I have settled in to motherhood a little bit, it is high time to bring back the Young Adulters Book Club! I am really looking forward to taking a deep dive into books again and discussing them with all you fine book club members.
So without further ado, I give you our May book selection:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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.
Given the current state of the world and the issues that are receiving tons of attention, this should be a timely and important read. I can’t wait to talk about it!
Also, it is a popular book so if you need to put a hold on it at your local library, do it sooner rather than later. I will post the discussion at the end of May. Happy reading. 🙂