Release: 6th April 2017
Synopsis: 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.
A beautifully written novel, focusing on an emotional subject that will leave you thinking about the way the world works, and what true justice is.
I absolutely adored this book. I’d heard such amazing things about the book, but let me tell you this book exceeded every single expectation I ever had. This book was written with such talent, and such raw honesty that it’s very rare to finish it with a dry eye.
I got 60 pages in and I was completely moved by the honesty of Starr, and everything she had to go through. I loved how Starr’s family were so supportive of her, and how they stood up for her in every way they could, it created such a tight knit family and it was beautiful to read about.
The message within the novel was so extremely powerful, that even now I’m still in awe. It was so emotional to remember that whilst I was reading about the shooting and injustice delivered to Starr, that situations like this actually happen in the world. The realistic narrative was beyond anything I’ve read before.
It gave everyone who wasn’t aware of what was going on, an insight into just how damaged the world can be. As a white person, I felt such emotion reading from the perspective of what happens, rather than looking in from the outside.
The ending brought me to tears, it was so shocking and fit perfectly with the overall feel of the story. That final page was something else (No Spoilers!). It was potentially one of the most powerful and prominent pages I’ve read of any book, and brought the overall plot into the real world with such an impact that I was left with tears in my eyes long after I put the book down.
This book is a voice that deserves to be heard in the world, especially as of right now. I loved everything about it, and Angie Thomas, you are so very brave for writing such an honest portrayal.
This a must read for definite. You can buy it from all major outlets now!