“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.“
So I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book. So much so that I gave serious thought to DNF’ing it which is something I don’t do lightly. However, I pushed myself to stick with it as it wasn’t that it was a terrible book, I just didn’t feel like I could connect with it. I was glad I made this decision. As the book went on the plot became more developed and I began to enjoy the book more and more. I did like Starr, especially her family dynamics and her friend dynamics. I found it really funny in places, even amongst the seriousness of the book. I loved the relationship between Starr and Chris as well. This book is so important because of the message it is trying to send. It should be read by everyone because it is so important to understand that police brutality still happens, especially for minorities. It sucks that even in 2019 stuff like this happens. I also liked the fact Angie shone a light on the fact that people can be racist even if they don’t think they are. Just because someone is your friend it does not mean that you can make racist comments towards them and consider it a joke. If you have any reservations about reading this book, don’t because it is definitely worth reading.e
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