Wow just wow this book is destined to be a classic!
All the hype is well deserved!
Five huge undeniable starts for this book!
About the Book
[Public Library Hardcover]
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 humbly come today to tell you, hand on my heart, that this book is IT.That’s it. Not doubt. This is one of the most beautifully written and relevant contemporary tales about some of the ugliness of our American way of life.
We, Americans, deeply love our country and our way of life. But we MUST acknowledge the ugly too. If not we will never be better than we are now.
I can’t properly express how much I could relate to EVERY single word in this book! The discrimination, the inequalities, the plain and simple racism, that still taints the soul of our Americanism.
So true. So real. So undeniable. Let me say it again… So true. So real. So undeniable.
So painfully undeniable.
Sorry, but I can’t say it enough.
We can roll our eyes, sigh in annoyance, maybe because it doesn’t affect us directly, maybe because it’s an inconvenience to worry about all this, or maybe because it’s sad and frustrating or because there is not much we can do about it.
No matter how much we want to, there is no way to deny the blunt truth of this story.
And wow, wow, wow, this book is the epitome of beautiful. So you will enjoy reading it, even if you deny the content. All this raw naked truth it’s so beautifully presented and wrapped in this elegant package of great writing, mega realistic characters and gripping story arc about family ties, friendship, love, betrayal, and grief! So much grief and yes, rage too! For all the denied opportunities of the oppressed.
And for all the hate, WE, as a society give our oppressed.
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