Barnes & Noble has announced that it will hold a Young Adult Book Club discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2017) in select stores on October 4. During the event, participating B&N locations will give away a limited number of tickets to a screening of the upcoming film adaptation, while supplies last.
The book clubs will focus on the Black Lives Matter-inspired novel about 16-year-old Starr Carter, whose life is upended after she is the sole witness to a police shooting that kills her best friend. In addition to debuting on the New York Times bestseller list (where it has remained for 80 weeks), the book earned eight starred reviews, was selected as a PW Flying Start, and received the Coretta Scott King Book Award and a Michael L. Printz Honor, among other accolades.
Readers are invited to check to see if their local B&N store is participating and to sign up online; they may also join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #BNYABookClub.
Stephanie Fryling, v-p of merchandising, children’s books, said in a statement, “We are very excited to be hosting discussions of this groundbreaking book for our YA readers and fans near the release of the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give. This is the perfect book for bringing readers together in our stores to discuss the timely and important issues addressed in Angie Thomas’s incredible debut novel.”