Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Page : 444 pages
Published : 28th February 2017
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.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Many of you might have thought that this book is mainly about racism. Well, yes, racism is the main reason this book is happening but I love how it includes humour to enlighten the mood and to make it real. I love the cute and funny relationships of Starr’s family.
The story goes on as Starr Carter attends a party. There she meets her childhood friend, Khalil. As the night is getting late and dark, Khalil escort Starr home and that’s where the tragedy happened. They are stopped by the police and when Khalil tried to make sure Starr is alright, he was shot death.
This book tells the struggle of having different skin colour and the struggle Starr’s faces to find justice for Khalil. Not only Khalil, Starr has to deal with herself. Starr is a girl who has a loving family, complicated friendships with her friends and a white boyfriend who loves her for who she was.
I thought the book to be very serious, but turns out it’s not that heavy read. The book succeed in sending the message of injustice and I know how hard Starr struggles for Khalil’s justice, but there are also love and warmth. The book also spread message of the importance of being ourselves.
Seriously, Starr’s relationship with her family is just gold. You would not wanna miss any of it. It was mild conversation and was told with ease and yet it contains such a deep meaning. The plot also goes on with steady pace. Truly recommended.
“To every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses that grow in the concrete.”
Author : Celine