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Every writer in the world gets some bad reviews. But is there any need to actively alert them to the fact?

8th September, 2019
Angie Thomas: the young adult author would rather you didn’t alert her to bad reviews

Earlier this year, young adult author Angie Thomas sparked a heated debate when she requested that people not tag her in bad reviews of her books on Twitter and Instagram. “We are people with feelings,” she wrote. “We have to protect our mental space.”

Other authors weighed in, agreeing with Thomas. Liar writer Justine Larbalestier said: “Your reviews are not for me. I know what I think of my books. Your...

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