B2S Book Club October Pick: The Hate U Give

It’s our monthly B2S Book Club, where we discuss a recent film adaptation and the book it’s based on! The club is run with fellow blogger Tom Out.

The book/film pick for October will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017, HarperCollins). We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on October 30th at 7pm.

For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will post a recording of the group to post!

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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 reallywent 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.

It stars Amandla Sternberg as Starr Carter, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, K.J. Apa, and Common.

It was adapted by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, Shall We Dance, and The Truth About Cats & Dogs). It is directed by George Tillman Jr., who previously directed Notorious, This Is Us, Luke Cage, and Power). The film is produced by Fox 2000 Pictures,
State Street Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment.

We always encourage you to support your local independent bookseller in purchasing the book and independent cinemas in your viewing!

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Last month we discussed Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. You can list to the recording of the group below. As always split opinions, but generally a positive view of the film adaptation!

 

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