Young Adult Fiction
Balzer + Bray
February 28, 2017
I want to start off by saying, don't read my review, go READ THIS BOOK. It's important and timely, and also very well written. Have you heard of it? If not, it's the story of Starr, a black teen, whose childhood friend is murdered by the police one day after they're heading home from a party. She is the only witness, and the story follows the complications that follow.
Man this book hit me in the feels in all kinds of good ways. I adore Starr's parents. Their family life feels real, messy and complicated, but love is always an undercurrent. You don't see that a lot in YA books, where parents are usually out of the picture instead of part of the picture, or terrible instead of awesome. Starr's parents are embarrassing sometimes, but pretty damn awesome.
And Starr oh, you get to see the challenges of navigating two worlds (her poor neighborhood vs. her rich white friends at school), and figuring who she is. She's funny, smart and brave, even when she's scared.
It's a #BlackLivesMatter story that is not patronizing and doesn't opt for magical outcomes. It left me so full of heart and hope, and I am so glad I read it. I'll leave it at that, and wait for you to go read it for yourselves.