The Hate U Give author draws on her past as a teenage rapper for new book on hip-hop

American author Angie Thomas' bestselling debut novel The Hate U Give (2017) placed her at the forefront of issue-led young adult fiction.
American author Angie Thomas' bestselling debut novel The Hate U Give (2017) placed her at the forefront of issue-led young adult fiction.PHOTO: ANISSA PHOTOGRAPHY

SINGAPORE - As a teenager, Angie Thomas wanted to be a rapper. She did not make it very far.

But rapping laid the foundation for the career of this American author, whose bestselling debut novel The Hate U Give (2017) placed her at the forefront of issue-led young adult fiction.

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