Summer reading with substance: 444 pages of fiction that mirrors life and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (White people: if you still don't understand this movement, read this book!).
Starr, the main character, is a black teen straddling two worlds. She lives in a predominantly black neighborhood but goes to a fancy, mostly white prep school, and even has a white boyfriend whom she hides from her father, an outspoken black power activist and former gang member. Starr's childhood best friend Kahlil is killed by police during a traffic stop (sound familiar?), and as the sole witness, she must decide if she's going to speak up, not only to the police and the media, but to her white friends who think Kahlil was nothing but a thug.
Great writing and a fast-moving story. A must read!— Samantha
8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller
Absolutely riveting --Jason Reynolds
Stunning. --John Green
This story is necessary. This story is important. --Kirkus (starred review)
Heartbreakingly topical. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A marvel of verisimilitude. --Booklist (starred review)
A powerful, in-your-face novel. --Horn Book (starred review)
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.
And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.