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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! Equals parts heartbreak, thought-provoking, and eye-opening. It was a powerful read, and an important one, I think. It really lets you see things more clearly, from the angle you don’t generally see from the media coverage of such things. Sadly, the people who need to read this the most to gain a little understanding, probably never will.
The narrator was amazing. No jerky, unsure reading, and a speculate job on the different voices. She really brought this to life for me!
5 Platypires all around for this amazing book.