Angie Thomas is the author of the hugely critically acclaimed and bestselling The Hate U Give. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she is the recipient of a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. You can find her on Twitter: @acthomasbooks or visit her website, angiethomas.com.
Like Thomas's other work, this is a book that will stay with you. -- Claire Hennessy * The Irish Times * Thomas's prequel to the award-winning The Hate U Give investigates the pride and pain of being a black boy on the brink of man hood with humour, clarity and pathos. * The Guardian * A blistering, unputdownable look at black boyhood in the US, and what it means to be a man. It can be read as a standalone, but knowledge of The Hate U Give will make for a richer reading experience. * The Bookseller * This is searing, moving, but never sentimental. * The Irish Examiner * Angie Thomas returns to the world of her award-winning debut The Hate U Give in one of the most awaited books of 2021. [...] Thomas smashes stereotypes at every turn in the lives of her raw, complex and unforgettable characters, her writing underpinned by immense humanity. A powerful and important novel. * The Observer *