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Debut book by author Angie Thomas, inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, tops New York Times Bestseller list

A BOOK inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement has topped New York Times’ Bestseller list.

The Hate U Give, the debut book by young author Angie Thomas, explores race and police violence through a teenage lens and has been hailed by critics.

Upon hearing her debut novel had topped the Young Adult division, Angie, who is in her twenties, tweeted: “Oh. My. Jesus!!!!”

In The Hate U Give, 16-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighbourhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends.

Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer.

As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

There are also plans to turn The Hate U Give into a film starring Amandla Stenberg.

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