What Did You Think Of- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hey Mocha Girls!

I hope you all are enjoying a great start to the month of December! My local Mocha Girls Read chapter held our monthly meeting on Saturday to discuss this timely book, and I wanted to hear your thoughts about the novel!



  1. What did you enjoy the most from the book?
  2. Is there anything that you didn’t enjoy? Were all your expectations met?
  3. During our meeting, the topics of education, literacy, and parent-child interactions came up, as they relate to the contents of the novel. What topics came up in your mind/in your group as you read?
  4. Who were your favorite characters?

Please sound off in the comments below!

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  • Bernie

    A1. I enjoyed many teaching moments from this book and would totally recommend it as a book for parents or teachers to read with their teens and have open dialog. One of the things I enjoyed was when Starr explained how her father taught his children to behave when a cop pulls you over. It is in writing for young people to see, read and grasp.

    A2. I did not enjoy Hailey’s racist comments whether she meant harm or not; I went to school and worked in an environment where the majority of my peers were caucasian. I know that when you talk to them long enough they can make some crazy comments. I had one woman who every so often felt the need to tell me she has never been prejudice and as a kid her best friend was black. I got annoyed one day and asked her when she keeps making that comment who is she trying to convince, me or herself. Needless to say, she never spoke those words to me again.

    A3. As I read I perceived Iesha to be pure evil especially when she put her son Seven out. Towards the ending when she yelled at the kids and told them to leave her house I understood that she truly loved her kids and was saving them from King’s wrath.

    A4. One of my favorite characters was Maverick. I think this book had plenty to offer a YA in terms of issues to dialog about or lessons to learn. I think Maverick is a really good role model for someone who needs to turn their life around. He went from gangbanger to responsible family man. I appreciate a positive portrayal of a black man, at a time when so many of our negative stories go viral every day.

  • Sharnise

    1. I most enjoyed the moments when Starr would reflect on something that she learned and relate it to her current situation. For example, my favorite quote from the book:

    “Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families. Daddy also said there’s nothing more dangerous than when that rage is activated.”

    This was immediately after the cops were harassed Mav. Starr witnessed the rage that her father told her about.

    2. I hated how Starr pretended to be someone else when she wasn’t in her neighborhood. I especially hated Hailey. I felt like Hailey did not add any value to Starr’s life. Hailey was racist and didn’t even know it.

    3. We spoke about education a lot during our meeting. We actually didn’t even get to touch on many of the major themes of the book!

    4. My favorite characters were Mav, Starr, and Seven.