Spotlight on Angie Thomas: The Most Influential Literary Voices of a Generation
Her debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE, started as a senior project in college. It was later acquired in a 13-publisher auction and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has remained on the bestseller list for 249 weeks and counting. In addition, it received 8 starred reviews, was a William C. Morris Award winner, a Printz Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, and a National Book Award Longlist title and has been named to numerous state and national award lists.
THE HATE U GIVE was adapted into a critically acclaimed film from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie and Common, and directed by George Tillman, Jr. The Hate U Give (2018) follows Starr Carter, a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.
If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad is in prison.
Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.
Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.
Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So, when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.
When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.
With over 250,000 books sold, this instant #1 New York Times bestseller is a searing exploration of Black boyhood that spent 19 weeks on the bestseller list, was named a Printz Honor Book, and received multiple starred reviews and honors.
I spoke with Angie about her career journey, and her newest project, “On the Come Up,” another one of her NYT’s best-selling novels currently film in development.