Genre: YA, contemporary
Release Date: February 28th 2017
Published By: Balzer & Bray/Haperteen
Source from Goodreads
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.
My Review 4.5 stars
Starr has two sides the Williamson side or the poor side. Starr witnesses Khalil her best friend get shot. She must decide to use her voice to get justice. However will her voice be listened to so Khalil can get the justice he deserves.
I get it now why this book needs to be read by everyone. For me its an eye opener people actually go through these issues everyday.
Family, community, friendship, love, gangs, racism and police abusing their power are all things that are in this book but family, community and love are all the ones that stand out to me. Love, because everybody love’s each other they are there for anybody and they protect each other. Family, as everybody is family to each other. Starr family is incredible she has a strong relationship with her mum and dad who was in and out of prison but he turned his life around. Community, because there’s isn’t the greatest not with the gangs however the ending really showed that no matter who you are they will rally together to fix things.
Starr hasn’t had it easy her dad went to prison, her best friend was shot when she was 10. Now at 16 she was there when Khalil was killed right in front of her by a police officer. Starr has two options to keep quiet and move on or to speak up.
With the decision she will have her two worlds merge together, riots will happen and her community is damaged but in the end Khalil will get justice. Yes it may not mean the police officer will get punished for what he did but in a way Starr, her family and her community will find peace, justice in their own way.
This book was just incredible everything about it was just amazing and well thought out. What I liked about it though was the comedy that runs through it you’ll find yourself smiling.
This read was an eye opener for me as it just shows the color of your skin does determine how people treat you. Khalil was shot dead because he reached towards the car just because he was black the officer automatically assumed he was going for a gun.
I sort of wish we had a scene between Starr and the officer, I hoped Starr would say exactly who Khalil was and what the officer was thinking in that moment.
Overall I would highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet then you should pick it up.
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