Stenberg’s seeing a recent surge in popularity, undoubtedly due to their extreme talent on the screen; though they began their career as Rue in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, fans will be seeing them on screen as Maddy in the movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s bestselling Everything Everything and Starr in the movie adaptation of A.C. Thomas’s 2017 debut novel The Hate U Give. Stenberg is also one of the writers behind the comic series Niobe.
Author Alexandra Bracken, who has been nothing but enthusiastic about Stenberg’s casting, has been dealing with a deluge of upset, racist fans on her social media accounts. Though her Anonymous asks are now turned off, one fan described her as a “young white social justice warrior. They like to ruin everything and make their own race out to be horrible people.” Bracken has responded to these comments in stride, responding to one ask with “I’m pretty surprised you even liked these books, given they’re centered on the idea of building a safe, welcoming community and finding acceptance regardless of who you are, what you look like, and what you can do.” and that fans they could “take this line of thinking straight to a Trump rally and get outta here, because I’ve got -1000% sympathy for it.“