This is another book that I saw on best of 2017 lists. The synopsis drew me in since it relates to so many similar shootings/murders in our country over the past few years.
The synopsis does give you the highlights of what this book is about. However, it delves into how Starr feels about who she is as it relates to her “two worlds” – the neighborhood she lives in, and the private (mostly white) private school she attends. The murder of her friend in front of her own eyes brings about how Starr grows as she deals with who she is.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. I could NOT put it down (though I had to briefly to get some chores done). The writing is great, the characters are so well written that you feel like you know all of these people. You loved everything about Starr and her family. You felt their anger and hurt and pain as their lives evolve during the time period starting with Khalil’s murder, until after the grand jury returns their verdict. I especially felt the anger they felt when certain things that were said or done just were not right (for lack of a better way to put it).
A very entertaining, enlightening, thought-provoking read. Enjoyed every anguishing, heartfelt, funny moment of it.
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