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.
I bought this book having heard so many good things about it. I was not disappointed.
This book deals with difficult subjects, subjects that often are not talked about because they are tough, such as racism. The book is based around Starr, a 16 year old girl who is with her friend Khalil when he gets shot by a police officer (who happens to be white). She is the only person, besides the officer, who knows what really happened that night, and the story is about her struggle to come to terms with what happened, and with her trying to fight for what she believes in. What she does and does not say could put her and her family in terrible danger.
I found most of the characters to be really likeable, with the exception of a few. Starr is the perfect protagonist. She was relatable, with the ideal mixture of serious and funny. Her family seemed to be a close knit family, they always looked out and protected each other, even when it put them in danger themselves.
I liked the relationship between Starr and Chris. They had their issues and arguments, but when Chris spent the whole night in Garden Heights, fighting along Starr and her brothers, it showed how much he really cared for her and that he did not care what others thought about them as a couple.
I would definitely highly recommend this book, as it deals with topics that, sadly, are very relevant in today’s society. There is also currently a film being made, and I am looking forward to watching that.
I rate this book 5/5 stars!