The Hate U Give

by: Angie Thomas

Suggested Essay Topics

In Chapter Seven, Starr says the only thing worse than being thought of as the angry black girl is being the weak black girl. Why is Starr so afraid of being considered weak?

What role does the media play in The Hate U Give?

What is the importance of second chances in the novel? Who gives second chances? Who gets to have a second chance?

Starr has two father figures: Maverick and Uncle Carlos. Compare and contrast them. How do they influence Starr? How does Starr challenge them?

What is the significance of the name “Just Us for Justice” and how does it relate to Maverick’s explanation of Thug Life?

Discuss the differences between Garden Heights Starr and Williamson Starr. How does Starr reconcile her two identities over the course of the novel?