The news broke from the author himself on Twitter that A24 and Rhombus Media have just optioned the rights to the work. The director set for the adaptation, Park Chan-wook, has directorial credits for Oldboy and The Handmaiden. Author Nguyen mentioned in his Tweet that “his OLDBOY was a big influence on The Sympathizer.”
From Amazon, “The Sympathizeris a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who comes to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.”
At a loss for what to read next? Not sure whether to dive into a high-action thriller or fall head over heels inside a lush romance novel? With the first book of Catherine Bybee’s new Richter series, Changing the Rules, you won’t have to choose!
You may recognize the name Angie Thomas; she’s the author who wrote The Hate U Give (or THUG for short), a debut novel about an African American teenage girl, Starr, whose friend is killed in an incident of police brutality. Starr is forced to decide between her two worlds, (her home and her majority white school) in deciding where she stands. Will she fight for Khalil or hide?
The book, rightfully, blew up, gaining much critical acclaim. It has even spent 200 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. Yep, you read that right. Two hundred weeks! It was also adapted for film in 2018, getting a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing over $30 million worldwide.
Now, today, Angie Thomas releases her third book, Concrete Rose. This novel is a prequel to the events of THUG, and it centers on Maverick, Starr’s father and a fan favorite character as he reckons with being in the middle of a life in the hood while his first child is born.
And there’s even more excitement with this publication–Angie just tweeted that Concrete Rose is in development for film adaptation! Though it’s been delayed by Covid-19, the fact that it’s in the works is enough excitement to leave us refreshing Angie’s Twitter.
There has been a lot of hype around the book, and rightfully so considering the love for THUG. And today, on publishing day, something adorable happened.
Nic Stone, author of popular novel Dear Martin, and Angie Thomas are best friends. Angie had even tweeted that readers of both authors may notice some hidden references to Nic’s work in Concrete Rose. And today, Nic decided to surprise Angie for publication.
There’s a video of Nic approaching Angie’s Ring Doorbell camera and then immediately hiding, only to crouch up and surprise Angie once she comes to the door. The sweetest moment follows as the two laugh and celebrate Angie’s publication day. You can watch this moment on Angie’s Twitter and die of cuteness with us.
There has been so much love for Angie Thomas and her work in bringing stories from POC communities to life. Join Bookstr in celebrating the release of Concrete Rose today by sending Angie some love (though approaching her door is reserved for Nic only).