Rating: 3 stars
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Starr Carter and Khalil Harris were returning from a party when their car was pulled over by a white cop. And Khalil was shot. Why? Only because he’s black. And Starr witnessed his friend’s murder. A lot of people are outraged while some are of the opinion Khalil deserved to die because he was a drug dealer. Even if he was a drug dealer he didn’t deserve to be murdered by a white cop and Khalil was black. Is Starr brave enough to stand up for herself and Khalil to get him justice?
I gave this book three stars rating only for its representation of black people which illuminates their treatment in the society. I also enjoyed the writing style of Angie Thomas. It is thought-provoking and leaves you with goosebumps.
“Funerals aren’t for dead people. They’re for the living.”
I would like to mention a comment which bothered me. Maya is Chinese and certainly short of height. Starr’s racist thought about it wasn’t acceptable. The description could’ve been used for anyone instead of Maya.
“Maya races down the stairs, wearing an oversized T-shirt and basketball shorts that hang to her ankles.”
Throughout the book, everyone was giving everyone else ‘the look’ which I found repetitive and annoying everytime it popped up. When a thing gets caught in your mind you just can’t ignore it.
Starr is a brave girl who is trying very hard to get justice for Khalil. However, she is whiny and a little selfish too. She refused to acknowledge Khalil because she’s scared for herself. She’s more worried about her friend Hailey unfollowing her on Tumblr. She’s even ashamed of her friends, Khalil and Kenya.
“You didn’t have to, Starr,” she says. “You never invited me to hang out with you and them girls. They were never at your house when I was. Like you ain’t want them to know I was your friend too. You were ashamed of me, Khalil, even the garden and you know it.”
I didn’t enjoy the book as much I’d expected to. Unfortunately, the slow-paced plot didn’t work for me. But, books like these make people aware of the treatment of minorities. Regardless to say, this book is a very important read and I feel everyone should read it.
“Yet I think it’ll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.”