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The Hate U Give

A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!”Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds”Stunning.” —John Green”This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)”Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)”A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)”A powerful, in-your-face novel.” —The Horn Book (starred review)Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life…

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas' debut young adult bestseller, is a cry for change, a plea to be seen, and an absolutely heartfelt, accessible and take-no-prisoners story that drops its reader right into the middle of the front page news. What amazes me about Angie Thomas' writing is the deft, honest way she writes her characters--the ones on both sides of the narrative's conflict as well as all those mired in the crosshairs--so that each one can be understood on an empathetic level. The reader finds herself rooting for the ex-gang member, laughing at the upper crust boyfriend, cringing at the offhand remarks of a would-be friend. Thomas plays out both sides of the story for the reader--all perspectives on an issue that so desperately needs to be addressed from the very inside out as witnessed by the teenaged Starr Carter, an idealistic, bruised, wise and funny character drawn so realistically she could've sat in any of my classrooms when I taught high school. I was afraid to read this book because I knew it would be powerful. I am so glad I read this book solely because of its power--and that is all because of Thomas's remarkable way to bring the reader into the very world she's trying to show us.

We Interrupt This Broadcast For a Little Self-Promotion

Soooooo. I have a book coming out. Most of you who’ve been with One Vignette from the beginning know this already–you’ve actually followed my journey from the time I got brave enough to tell you about it to now. Thank you, thank you for that. And I happen to have a couple of advanced reading copies of said book (it’s called All the Difference in case you’re just tuning in, and will be officially published into the Great North America by Berkley Books on September 1st. See also: AAAAAAAHHHH!). These advanced copies, or ARCs, are just hanging out right now in my office/artwork-dumping-ground, wishing for a home. I’m giving most away on Goodreads this month (go check it out if you’d like!), but I saved one for you. Do you want it? It’s not the pretty version, but it’s the earliest version, which is kind of fun. All you have to do to enter to win the signed ARC is this: “like” my Facebook author page, then sign up for my book club on my author site…

When it Rains

This was going to be a much different post, when I set out to write it a couple of weeks ago. It was going to be about fear, and gratitude. It was going to be about moving houses, and about leaving the neighbors who’d become mentors to us, and about becoming a part of a new community where the kids run out the door to meet playmates who appear in an instant. It was going to be about stepping out of our comfort zone, and about stepping into a home where David can work in peace. It was going to be about the discomfort of knowing that this might not be our forever home after all (we shall see. Talk to me after we plant some trees and get some paint on the walls), but also about the thrill of driving along the waters of the wide creek that meanders around our neighborhood as we make the turns toward our house. That’s what this post was going to be about. You know, life, and all the change that comes with moving forward. And then. We settled on both houses on Friday, March 28th (and if you…