Happy Friday everyone! It is me, your friendly neighbourhood book blogger coming at you with another weekend recommendation.
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.
Truly loved this book. I finished reading this shortly after binge watching “Dear White People” on Netflix. You hear a lot about police brutality on the news, but other than being sad when I hear about it and chatting about how terrible it is, that is really the extent of my knowledge on the subject. I loved this book because while it dealt with some incredibly heavy material, it was not preachy or aggressive but incredibly eye-opening and informative.
The main characters were your typical teens. They had typical teen problems, until one night when a routine traffic stop goes haywire and their world changes forever. The story references real-life people that have been killed in incidents involving police. This book deals with topics such as survivor’s guilt, gangs and the media portrayal of “gang bangers”.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Period. It is an incredible piece of fiction that speaks openly and honestly about a phenomenon that happens way too often in today’s society.