About the TCU Common Reading

Welcome to TCU! Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community. It also provides a point of unity amid the rich diversity of the incoming class. We hope this book will spark meaningful conversations and create bonds that will last throughout your time at TCU and beyond.

This year’s selection is Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (2017). Thomas’s best-selling novel asks readers to explore race and police brutality through the eyes of Starr Carter. We follow Starr as she navigates the contrasting worlds of her predominantly black, low income neighborhood and her predominantly white, affluent prep school. Upon witnessing her friend’s death after being shot by a police officer, Starr finds her community – and herself – at the center of national and local crisis about racialized violence. While Starr is the only witness to what happened that night, her decision to speak or stay silent involves a complex set of choices that has the potential to divide her community and put her own life at risk.

Lavonne Adams, Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Vanessa Roberts Bryan, Assistant Dean, Student Development Services

Co-Chairs, TCU Common Reading Committee


Previous Common Readings:
Class of 2022- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Class of 2021- Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas
Class of 2020- How to Win an Election by Cicero
Class of 2019- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Class of 2018- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Class of 2017- Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Dandicat