Hello, book lovers! 💕
It’s been a while since I’ve done an Author Appreciation where I dedicate a post to gushing about a certain author who makes me happy. Not only that, but so far the some of the ones that I’ve featured deal with some tough topics in their books (Becky Albertalli and Elizabeth Acevedo).
And also considering Angie Thomas’s new book, Concrete Rose, just came out last week, I felt like it was a good time to gush about her as an author. And my love for her books.
I discovered Angie Thomas’s first book, The Hate U Give, a year after it was published. It came out in 2017, and I had been hearing about it from people I follow on both Goodreads and YouTube. Everyone was raving about it. And honestly, I don’t know what took me so long to pick it up because it was such an emotional, raw and real book that gave me all the feels.
And it was such a tough act to follow; but her second book, On the Come Up, was just as good. Just as amazing. Hard-hitting, poignant, real.
I listened to both of her books on audiobook, and I feel like that’s the best way to consume her books because it adds an extra layer to the stories. It almost felt like I was watching a movie as I listened. I liked the way that the narrator, Bahni Turpin, told the story because she was able to give the story and the characters more life. I was able to hear the dialect of the characters, and it just felt more engaging that way.
I love the way that Angie Thomas writes her characters as well. They feel so real; she doesn’t hold back in what they deal with either. Both Starr Carter and Bri Jackson are resilient and authentic. They’re inspirational to the young people who read their stories.
And these characters are put through some real situations that Black people and POC deal with everyday like racism and discrimination. Being that I’m white and don’t deal with any of what these characters deal with, it opened my eyes even more to the harsh reality that Blacks and POC live with on a daily basis. And that really upsets me because these things shouldn’t be happening today. But they do, and it really breaks my heart.
But that’s why these are such important reads. It’s important to learn about how other people live and walk in their shoes to understand them a little bit better. Even if that’s by reading about it in books like these.
So there you have it. There’s my gush about Angie Thomas and my love for her books. If you haven’t already, I would highly suggest picking these books up. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
Have you read any of these books by Angie Thomas? What were your thoughts on them? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!
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