I have owned this book for a couple of months now but have only just gotten around to reading it for reasons I actually don’t know why.
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
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Instantly I am going to start of this review by saying that this is one of the few books that I have ever cried at, this was due to the message that Angie Thomas is spreading throughout the book. While reading it as a white male, I started to realise just how bad a lot of P.O.C. had it and what every single struggle they go through in day to day life.
This is the sort of book that should be read at every single secondary school, Mice and Men needs to be replaced with this as it will give every single person a reason to think on their actions against P.O.C.
The book is written fantastically and as soon as you start reading it then you are going to struggle to want to put it down again. When following Starr on her journey, you feel like you are standing right beside her listening to what she has to say on every matter in her day to day life and it just makes for a wonderful read.
If you still struggle to understand the movement behind BLM then read this book as it is probably the closest thing you will find to understand why the P.O.C. community and every single person supporting that community are trying as hard as they can to make sure everyone is on an equal playing field