Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a really difficult read and it should be a difficult read because none of this should be happening. This shouldn’t be the world that we’re living in. People shouldn’t be discriminated against and targeted because of the color of their skin.
I cried so many times, I wasn’t prepared for Khalil’s murder to happen so early in the book. The characters are all so real and raw you feel like you get a glimpse into their lives. It’s something I would never understand on my own as a white woman and I can never claim to understand, but I got a glimpse. Starr just a young woman at her core, a teenager who is trying to make her way in the world and having to live with such tragedy around her. She’s strong and she stands up for the people that she loves and fights for what is right.
I generally read only lighter contemporaries and romances because of my anxiety, but given the current climate and me having to explain this movement to my now ex friends. I felt I needed to. I’m glad that I did. I recommend that everyone reads it too. In so much pain it’s also a message of hope, the same hope we’re seeing in the peaceful protests happening around the world.
If you’ve been waiting to read this and you feel guilty for picking it up after recent events. Don’t. Educating yourself is the first step to changing the world. Educate yourself and listen.