Author: Angie Thomas
Rating: 5+/5 Stars
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
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.
WOW, I mean, I don’t even know where to start with this book. It was just amazing….no… it was real. This should be a definite read in every school as it portrays such an important message of judging a person based on their appearance and standing for what you believe in even when everyone is against you.
First off, the book is written so it is taking place now, not in the past or some different present. The author includes a variety of things that kids can relate to, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Harry Potter, Tumblr, and Facebook. By doing this, it makes the reader feel that they are a part of the story line.
“No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook”
“You haven’t responded to my friend request”
“I need Candy Crush lives”
“That’s why I’ll never respond”
Second, the story is gripping and real. Police brutality is real. Racism is real. Freedom to speak is real! The book includes all of this and much more. It gives me chills to think about how Angie Thomas was able to put into words such events that have occurred in the real world. Props to you Girl!
And Finally, it portrays how a community has come together for a greater good. By the end, I believe that it was not a community, but in fact, one large family that was working together to prove that what had occurred was wrong and the wrong-doings needed to be corrected.
Oh My Gosh, me telling you to read this book is not enough. If this book is already not on your shelf, you need to get up and find a bookstore ASAP! Everyone needs to read this book. It is much like my review for All-American Boys, just written in the now.