Angie Thomas

Written By: Sydney Brown
9th Grade
March 3, 2019

On Thursday, February 14, Angie Thomas did a Q&A and book signing at Independence High School in Frisco. Angie Thomas is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller and major motion picture The Hate U Give. Her second book, On the Come Up, was released this year, and she’s on tour promoting it.

Angie Thomas’s wit and charisma was evident throughout the whole event. As soon as she sat down on stage, she threw the pillow off the chair, commenting about how even though they looked nice, they weren’t comfy enough to sit with for an hour. It was an evening of intelligent and eloquent conversation, covering the success of The Hate U Give, her mindset writing On the Come Up, and how she hopes to inspire and invoke change; all while cracking jokes. For example, she made a great point about the importance of diversity children’s books in a humorous matter, saying. “Little black boys shouldn’t find books about trucks before books about kids them.”

I was able to ask Ms. Thomas which of her early experiences taught her that words had power. She replied by telling me a story: In third grade, she had written a story, “Mickey’s Space Adventure. She read it to the class and ended it in a cliffhanger “then a meteor approached the spaceship.” Her whole class was hooked, so much in fact that the teacher asked her to finish it, and every week she added to the story. Seeing how “Mickey’s Space Adventure” resonated with her peers taught her that words have the power to get reactions out of people, and that she wanted to be a writer.

Attending this book signing taught me a lot. It gave me a glimpse into the mind of a successful author, and reassured me that everyone gets writers block. It reminded me that anyone can achieve their goals; your background won’t hinder you. Finally, Ms. Thomas, along with The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, taught me not to stay silent and to fight what I believe in until I find my come up.

Trishtan strong punches a hole in the wall
Good kind of trouble
Opposite of always
What is this us

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