Can I start by saying that I’m struggling? I’ve never blogged every day before, let alone for 28 days straight. I’m really enjoying doing this series though, and I think that writing this is of the utmost importance. Anyway, let’s get to today’s author!
Angie Thomas is currently one of the most famous YA authors. Her debut novel The Hate You Give rocketed her to the top of lots of people’s radars and has even gotten the attention of movie producers.
The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, a teen girl who witnesses her best friend’s murder by the police. It wrestles with police brutality, which is a very timely issue, in a fresh way. Making both the victim and police officers multi-faceted and real, Angie Thomas allows the reader not to see this as a racial issue but a human issue above all.
Details like hip-hop and sneaker references allow this book to be fun and impactful. With interracial relationships, family dynamics, and economic disparity there’s almost nothing that The Hate U Give doesn’t cover.
I’m truly looking forward to Angie Thomas’s next novel On the Come Up and hope it impacts the culture as much as this one has.