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.
This easily deserves 5 stars, hands down. It is SO powerful.
I am a white British woman. So there are bits of this book I can’t relate to, I have never experienced anything like it. But like Chris in the book, I can try and I can be sympathetic and supportive. And so much of this rang so true, it’s heartbreaking. This should be mandatory reading. Yeah there’s a little bad language. It’s not lots and it necessary.
There’s also amazing relationships. Between friends and between families. I’d list what I liked but I’d be listing it all. But I especially like Maya and Starr confronting Hayley. And I completely got Starr’s categorisation of her life.
The emotions in this book were so well written, I felt so very much just reading it.
Everyone should want to read this book.