The 21-year-old student, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, has landed herself a huge book deal with Macmillan. 

The novel she’s been writing for years now, which is a high-school thriller that tackles institutionalised racism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Faridah explains how she came about the idea for the novel, saying:

“I was in my first year at university and I didn’t have many friends because I don’t drink as I’m Muslim, so I’d be in my room trying to figure out what to do.

 I was watching a lot of TV shows and I binged Gossip Girl in a few days. I loved it so much but I was really sad that there weren’t many people who looked like me in it. 

I thought it’d be so cool if the shows I grew up with, like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, had more black people in them, so I started planning a story.

 I’d usually do uni during the day, then come home and write until 4 am.”

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