This book is amazing. I picked it up to read a few chapters, and ended up finishing it in about three hours. A ripped from the headlines story about a black girl who witnesses the shooting death of her best friend by a police officer, after they are pulled over. This book is by turns heartbreaking and heart wrenching, funny and heart warming, and really makes you look at all of the recent shootings in the US in another light, raising all sorts of questions. Can a person be culpable in their own death? If someone is labelled a gang banger or a drug dealer, does it justify their death? One of the most heartbreaking moments for me is when the protagonist, Starr, summarizes the steps to 'surviving' being pulled over by a policeman, and then reiterates them in her head every time she sees a cop.
This book is well-written, has enough light-hearted and laugh out loud moments to make it an enjoyable read, and really stayed with me after I put it down. Bonus points for the shout-outs to Tupac (2Pac) Shakur.