Q&A with Angie Thomas

Just over a week ago, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to the author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, for the book club I co-host – The YA RoomThe Hate U Give was our March Book of the Month, and it was amazing to have the chance to ask Angie a bit about her writing process and what influenced her powerful and important debut novel.

I interviewed Angie via Skype, which you can watch on The YA Room‘s YouTube channel, and optimised it for a written format here. I’ve slightly altered the questions and made minor changes to the wording to make the interview flow better for a written piece, and I’ve bolded my parts for your convenience!

If you’re interested in hearing a bit more about The Hate U Give, check out my review here.Read More »

5 Reasons Why You Must Read THE HATE U GIVE

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

It’s hard to find the right words to explain how much I loved The Hate U Give and how important and powerful it is. Not only do I love this book because it’s a fantastic piece of literature, but also because it’s one that you believe everyone should read because of its messages about racism and Black Lives Matter. And because of that, writing the review for this novel has got to be one of the hardest ones I’ve ever written. This book make me laugh, catapulted me into Starr’s world, and left me sobbing from sadness and frustration by the end. I could list a million reasons why you should read The Hate U Give, but here’s my top five.Read More »