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. – Goodreads.com
This will be a brief review because I don’t possess the words to do this book justice. Crucial, timely, powerful, honest, uncomfortable, gut-wrenching – I can’t recommend this novel enough. Stellar characterization, especially with Starr’s loving, supportive, and occasionally hilarious family. I could easily have finished it in one sitting – it’s that riveting. My only regret is that it took me nearly a year to get to it.