Once again, I found this book by browsing all across Instagram. I had recently watched ‘Dear White People’ – a Netflix original which I really recommend, especially to white people as although I knew of my white privilege, this really opens up your eyes. In the same way, the show opened up my eyes, so did this book. I rave on about it to pretty much anyone who will listen.
It shows a black girl, who lives in a black neighborhood, but she goes to a pretty much all white school. During a police shooting of a (black) friend of hers, it portrays the two points of view. The typical view of white people ‘oh well he was part of a gang…’ or ‘well the police officer was just doing his job its an easy mistake’, and the truth behind so many of the shootings which have happened to innocent black people by Police. It is a really well-written depiction of something that happens in real life and really opens your eyes to the victims and situations they can find themselves in, despite their innocence.
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.