2017 Debut Authors to Watch: Angie Thomas

There are so many INCREDIBLE debut novels coming out this year, my TBR pile is absolutely quivering in anticipation! I want to help spread the word about some of these amazing new books and authors, so I’ll be doing a feature each Friday for a debut author you need to keep on your bookish radar!

I have been hearing some AMAZING hype about Angie Thomas’s forthcoming novel, The Hate U Give. This is definitely going straight to the top of my TBR pile as soon as it comes out. If this book is indication, I think it is clear that we can expect great things from Angie Thomas!


About Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop.She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published on February 28, 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.


The Hate U Give


32075671Sixteen-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. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

Out February 28th, 2017!!!!

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Are you guys also eagerly anticipating The Hate U Give? Will you be reading it when it comes out? Have any of you been lucky enough to read ARC copies?

13 thoughts on “2017 Debut Authors to Watch: Angie Thomas

  1. The Hermit Librarian says:

    This book sounds amazing! It’s one of my most highly anticipated books of the year.

    Have you read/heard of Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson? She’s another debut for 2017 that I think you might be interested in. It deals with a young black woman’s experience with the court system, justice, mental illness, and a whole host of other things that really just blew me away.

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