I waffled a bit between giving this 3.5 or 4 stars and ultimately landed on 4 because the subject matter is incredibly important and it gives an easily accessible way for people to become more familiar with the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. There are so many summaries of the plot listed, that I'll refrain from making this too redundant. But, Starr is a strong and loveable character whose life is turned upside down when her unarmed, African American, and lifelong friend, Khalil, is killed by a white police officer. The book starts out incredibly strong and is an absolute page turner. Some of my criticisms have to do with the writing style and nothing to do with the story or subject matter. It's very dialogue driven and there were a few times when the characters are in the middle of these insanely dangerous and life altering situations and they'll just start talking about video games. I'm sure this was a choice Angie Thomas made to make these teens seem more realistic, but I found it somewhat distracting because I wanted to know what was going on! Very minor criticisms, truly. I still highly recommend the book.

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