I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas the week it came out.
This book changed my life. It showed me what it was like to have real representation in literature. It gave me words for the things I’ve experienced being a Black girl in America. I wanted everyone to read this book.
Then I met Angie. I didn’t expect to be so moved to meet an author. She wasn’t the first writer I’d met and she’s not the last, but the experience of meeting her changed me profoundly as a human being and as a writer.
That night, after I’d made it home and digested some of what she’d spoken about, I decided that I wanted everyone to have a copy of The Hate U Give—especially teens that couldn’t afford it, or didn’t have access to it via their local public library or school library. And since I’m a Twitter nut, that’s the venue I chose to put the word out that I was giving away 5 free copies of the book to Black teens and 5 to libraries serving primarily Black patrons.
Less than 24 hours later, all the books were claimed and a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, helped me purchase the book for the people I had to turn down.
Then, I spoke on the Reading Glasses podcast about banned books and how communities that ban books also restrict access in more informal ways. There’s no way The Hate U Give would have ever been in my school or public libraries back home. So my friend and creative partner, Mallory O’Meara, suggested we make it easy for people to donate money so I could keep giving away copies of The Hate U Give (because she’s amazing).
So here’s your chance. Donate $12 to pay for a copy of The Hate U Give. I’ll take care of everything else. So far, 14 copies have been given away, but I want to see that number grow. I want to be able to donate classroom sets, give more copies to libraries, and get this book in the hands of anyone who wants to read it—not just Black teens. But, I need your help. I’m not Oprah-rich. Hell, I’m not even kind-of rich. For every $12 you donate, you’ll be buying a copy of THUG. Every dollar goes toward the purchase price of the book, plus tax. My goal is to buy 100 copies of The Hate U Give by the end of this year. Even if you can’t donate enough to buy one copy of the book, every dollar helps! Let’s change some lives through literature!