JSU Reads.....A Common Reading Program

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“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas’s first novel, focuses on Starr Carter’s struggle to reconcile the events that spark a heated debate between her neighborhood of Garden Heights and the outside world, including her upscale private school. The book follows both of the communities she inhabits and provides a variety of perspectives on the incident that leads to her friend’s death. Her family, her prep school peers, and her neighborhood friends all influence Starr’s decisions to step forward and use her voice to contribute to an ongoing investigation and the subsequent debate. The Hate You Give looks at the impact young people can have in their communities and beyond.

This is the story of a young woman whose passion for activism is ignited by the circumstances in which she finds herself. Like Starr, many young college students are inspired by the world around them to step forward and support a variety of causes. With support from family members, mentors, and peers, these students often seek their own voice and hope to have a positive impact on their communities. Jacksonville State University works to provide an environment that will allow each student the opportunity for self-expression. We are pleased to present The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas, as the 2019 Common Reading Program book.

Students will study and discuss the Common Reading Program book in English Composition and First-Year Student Experience courses. The goals of JSU Reads: A Common Reading Program are to unite first-year students and to promote thought and action on a variety of relevant issues by reading a common text during the first semester of college. In conjunction with this year’s selection, students will also enjoy a wide variety of events, including speakers, presentations, and service projects.