1.Throughout the book when Starr is called brave she is quick to deny that she is. Why do you think Starr was so against people saying she was brave?
2.Why was Maverick’s change of heart towards moving out of Garden Heights such an important part in the book?
3.What are your thoughts/ feelings on Iesha by the end of the book? Do you believe she loved her kids? Why or why not?
4.The book ends on a rather optimistic note despite the grim events that took place the night of the grand jury’s decision. Why do you think author Angie Thomas decided to end the book that way?
“I think it’ll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.Others are fighting too, even in the Garden, where sometimes it feels like there’s not a lot worth fighting for. People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They’re not forgetting. I think that’s the most important part.” (457)
“And to every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses that grow in the concrete.”(462)
I thought this quote was important because this is essentially the lesson Starr learns by the end of the book. She learns what it truly means to use her voice and how her voice will continue to be her most powerful weapon in fighting for what she believes in. Which I think is what author Angie Thomas wants us to take away from the book. Only time will tell when police brutality against black people and people of color will truly come to an end. However, as long as people continue to keep hope alive and keep fighting against racial injustice, eventually their voices will be heard. But until that day everyone should continue to #Saytheirnames.
I chose this quote because of how beautiful the message author Angie Thomas writes in the acknowledgement was and how it tied up the end of the book. Not only is “The Hate U Give” a book that teaches its readers about important topics such as police brutality and microaggression; this book has such a strong representation of what it means to be black and a person of color in America. There are people in the world that feel they need to split themselves in half the same way Starr did at Williamson and at home. There are people that are currently growing up in a place similar to garden heights. There are people who once knew a Khalil or a Natasha. Thomas’s decision to end the book, telling readers to be the rose that grew in the concrete, speaks directly to those that relate to this story in some way. This message celebrates the people who grew up or are growing up in a place with few resources; that they matter too, despite the odds that are stacked against them.