#AngieThomasAppreciationDay Roundup

You probably know Angie Thomas as the bestselling New York Times author of The Hate U Give. You might also know it as the movie that’s to be released later this year, starring Amandla Stenberg as the main character. The Hate U Give made quite a splash in bookish circles ever since it debuted, both because of Angie Thomas’ skills as a writer and the important and timely topic of #BlackLivesMatter that the book tackles. In fact, The Hate U Give was one of Bookriot’s Best Books of 2017.

Earlier this week, controversy arose when a video surfaced of the actor and YouTuber Kian Lawley using the ‘n’ word. It was especially controversial since Kian plays Chris in The Hate U Give movie. However, instead of holding Lawley accountable for his actions, many of his fans chose to attack Angie on twitter instead.

Thankfully, Angie has made such a mark on the book community, that people began to tweet their support for Angie through the hashtag #AngieThomasAppreciationDay. The tweets came from fellow authors, aspiring writers, and readers alike. Many of them recounted what Angie means to them, while many tweeted about what The Hate U Give means to them. I’ve rounded up a few of the best tweets here and I would remiss to not include my own tweet, considering what The Hate U Give and Angie Thomas mean to me, as a reader, writer, and a woman of colour in the book community:

Here’s what Angie had to say as she saw the hashtag trending:

And if you want to support Angie and The Hate U Give, here’s a great way to get the novel into the hands of kids from diverse backgrounds:

Adiba Jaigirdar: Adiba Jaigirdar is an Irish-Bangladeshi writer, poet, and teacher. She resides in Dublin, Ireland and has an MA in postcolonial studies. She is currently working on her own postcolonial novel and hopes that someday it will see the light of day outside of her computer screen. Twitter: @adiba_j