Angie Thomas is an American young adult author, best known for her debut novel, ‘The Hate U Give’ (2017). Her second young adult novel, On the Come Up, was released on February 25, 2019.
Thomas’ initial intention was to write fantasy and middle grade novels; however, she was worried that her stories would not matter. While querying her first manuscript, she began another that would soon turn out to be The Hate U Give. While she was a college student, one of her professors suggested that her experiences were unique and that her writing could give a voice to those who had been silenced and whose stories had not been told.
The Hate U Give was later acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-publisher auction and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. The Hate U Give was adapted into a critically acclaimed film from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr.