My good friend Kerrie (Wheelie Stagey) and I are hosting a read-along! In the absence of theatre trips for either of us for the foreseeable future, we have decided to do some buddy reads to push ourselves to create new and exciting content.
Our first read-along is Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.
We have both recently seen the film on Netflix and wanted to read the book so this was the perfect place to start.
We want you to join us!
We’ve split the book into 3 manageable sections of 9 chapters or so. For each section we are going to share our thoughts with you all so you can follow along. We’ve put together some questions of things we are going to think about in each section.
Feel free to join in any post your own thoughts! Below is what you can expect to see on our blog and when.
Chapters 1 – 9. Monday 6 April.
At the beginning of the book Starr flashes back to her parents having two talks with her as a child. One is about the birds and the bees. The second is about what precautions to take when encountering a police officer. Reflect on that. How is that different from your own childhood experiences?
Starr describes the idea that there are two versions of herself. How do her different experiences enhance the story? Can you relate to something similar?
The success and pitfalls of media and social media is an underlying theme of the book. Baring this in mind, how do you think hashtag culture and internet activism has played a role in our understanding of topics such as police brutality and racism? Is this always helpful?
What did you learn from the portrayal of societal pressures such as poverty and communities?
Chapters 10 – 18. Wednesday 8 April.
Starr and Hailey have a very turbulent relationship that changes throughout the novel. What are your thoughts on friendships changing as we grow?
We’ve both decided Starr’s parents are excellent characters. Is this something we usually see in the YA books we read? Why do we love them as much as we do?
Family is very important to Starr. How do you think this is handled in the book? What jumped out at you particularly?
The way Starr handles what is happening throughout the novel is powerful. What struck you the most?
Chapters 19 – end of the book. Friday 10 April.
Was it important that the book didn’t have a typical ‘happily ever after?’
Do we think our reactions were affected as we are British readers and there are cultural differences between our own experiences and, for example, the school systems and legal systems we have read about in this book?
This book gives a very strong message to use our voice. Do we use our own voices enough to contribute to society?
After reading The Hate U Give, what part of the book resonated with you most? What insight will you carry with you?
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We will be using the hashtag #BeauteafulStageyReadAlong so make sure you add this if you’re reading THUG too!
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent?”
Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Find this book at Waterstones, Amazon and all good bookshops and libraries.