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.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
So well written. Each character, even the ones that were only in a scene or two came alive on the pages. They were well crafted, and felt like real people. I cried throughout the whole book, Star is written so honestly, and she shows us her world with clarity and depth.
While I was relieved for her family and community by the end, I also was left with the feeling that it doesn’t always workout that well. It’s rare that I am so touched by characters that I find myself thinking about where they’ll be 10 years from now. But the great thing about this book, is that I can see for myself where our world will be in 10 years. Will we have grown?
The message is weaved so well into the story. It really just reinforces everything that is being said, and happening in real life. A wake up call, that is a must read. I want to live in a world where zero parents are required to sit their kids down and have a police talk. That is not the police I want my tax dollars paying for. I’m tearing up all over again just thinking what to write in this review.
Bottom line, just read the dang book. No matter if it’s a usual genre for your or whatever. Just read it.
“Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give