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YAAAAAS!

‘THUG’ author Angie Thomas recs you the ONLY books you need on your TBR this summer

Have your wishlist at the ready!


Angie Thomas is probably one the most sought after YA authors right now and for good reason! Her debut ‘The Hate U Give’ is a tour de force taking on themes such as racial injustice and violence.

So we were hella excited to have the chance to put our questions to her, and you will want to add her book recs onto your TBR pronto.

1. Describe ‘The Hate U Give’ in the length of a tweet.
After witnessing a cop shoot her best friend, a sixteen-year-old activist-in-the-making finds her voice but must stay alive herself.

2. THUG was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?
When you say “Black Lives Matter” to 3 people, you may get 30 different reactions. Black Lives Matter does not mean that blue lives don’t matter. It does not mean that all lives don’t matter. All lives should indeed matter, but we have a systemic problem in America in which black lives don’t matter enough. So black lives matter, too.

3. What book has had the biggest impact on you?
‘Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry’ by Mildred D. Taylor has stayed with me since the moment I first read it at eight years old. It was the first time I saw a book about someone like me, a black girl in Mississippi, and it hooked me to reading.

4. The support for THUG across the book world has been phenomenal. Describe your debut experience in 3 words.

Dreams come true.


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5. Can you describe your experience from writing THUG to pub day in emojis?

6. Which three own voices novels would you like everyone to read?

– ‘Dear Martin’ by Nic Stone (forthcoming)
– ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli (forthcoming)
– ‘More Happy than Not’ by Adam Silvera

7. Please send us a snap of where you work – we love seeing where the magic happens! 

It’s in a hotel room because that’s where I am most of the time these days lol.


Yas queen! Have you read ‘The Hate U Give’ yet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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