Okay so I know I’m a little late to the game on this book but Oh.My.Goodness. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.
SYNOPSIS (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.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I couldn’t put this book down! Angie Thomas sure does know how to capture the reader’s attention.
I wasn’t too crazy about the amount of language that was used in the book but the storyline was so good that I was able to overlook it.
I decided to watch the movie as well last night. I was impressed with how well it followed the book. There were a few differences but overall, I felt it was great!