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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

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.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.




How to participate

Participating in the RVCC One Book is easy. Just read the book and keep your eyes open for events on campus that are inspired by the book.  Events will begin September 2018 and continue through May 2019.  Event list coming soon.  Have ideas for an event?  Email Megan Dempsey at

Where to get it.

Here's who can get a FREE copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas to keep.

  • Faculty who are considering or definitely implementing The Hate U Give into their courses.  These faculty will get their copy from the library.
  • Students of professors implementing The Hate U Give in their course.  These students will get their copy from the professor.
  • Students in the Orgullo Latino or BSA clubs.  These students will get their copy from FYE.
  • Students who complete their academic plan through FYE. These students will get their copy from FYE. 
  • Students who register for the One Book Kick-Off (while supplies last, first come first served, RVCC students only).

If you do not fit into the above categories, here are other ways to get your hands on a FREE copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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Welcome to the Website for the RVCC One Book community-wide read.  Here you should find everything you need to participate.