Angie Thomas’s debut, The Hate U Give, is a breakout hit that continues to top the bestseller list almost two years after its release, inspired a critically acclaimed big-screen adaptation, and has become a modern classic, achieving required reading status from the time it hit the shelves. Her sophomore novel, On the Come Up, arrives next week, set in the invented Garden Heights neighborhood first explored in THUG, and centering on aspiring rapper Bri, dealing with her mom’s unemployment and the double edge of viral fame.
To celebrate the book’s release, and the release of the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition—which will include a bonus chapter and other exclusive content, like a photo of the author as a teen rapper—Thomas curated an endcap for B&N stores nationwide, featuring some of her favorite recent releases. Visit your local store between now and February 11 to shop Thomas’s picks, and check out her recommendations below.
Odd One Out, by Nic Stone
An incredible exploration of sexual identity starring kids of color. A must read!
What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
The best meet-cute story you may ever read.
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
The 2018 winner of the National Book Award, and after only reading one page, you’ll know why. Phenomenal from beginning to end.
Anger Is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro
A riveting, necessary look at the criminalization of marginalized kids that masterfully holds readers and calls them to action.
Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson
A page-turning thriller that will stay with you months after you put the book down.
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland
Black girls slaying zombies in post-Civil War America? Hell yes.
A Blade So Black, by L. L. McKinney
Alice in Wonderland meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Black Girl Magic. ‘Nuff said.
The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton
Set in the vivid world of Orleans with a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat, The Belles is one of the best fantasy novels of 2018.
Puddin’, by Julie Murphy
If you loved Dumplin’, you’ll absolutely adore Puddin’, a wonderfully-written story about unexpected friendship and acceptance.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram
One of my absolute favorite reads of 2018, it is equal parts hilarious and harrowing.