Date finished: Thursday 3rd August 2017
First time reading?: Yes
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.”
This book was absolutely amazing. I was talking to a colleague about the basic plot of the book, and she turned and said ‘Is it based on a true story? I’m sure I saw that on the news.’ It’s sad to think about how often shit like this goes down, especially in America where they have the right to carry guns.
I may be privileged by being white, but reading this book really felt like it allowed me to see things from another perspective. The book has spent the last few weeks on bestseller lists everywhere and rightly so.
Angie’s style of writing is wonderful, and really reflects the two aspects of Starr’s life; in the ghetto and in her predominantly white school. When Starr is talking about the different parts of her life the narrative even changed a little bit to add to the effect.
This is the kind of book that needs to be out there. The topic is one that needs to be discussed; the colour of someone’s skin does not determine the kind of person that they are. Almost all the reviews out there are positive, and talk about how important and necessary this book is. The narrative offers a truly unique perspective for privileged white people into the lives black people lead, and I hope with the movie currently being in production too that this story reaches even more people, and affects more lives.
My rating: 9/10