»Umwerfend und brillant, ein Klassiker!« Bestsellerautor John Green
Die 16-jährige Starr lebt in zwei Welten: in dem verarmten Viertel, in dem sie wohnt, und in der Privatschule, an der sie fast die einzige Schwarze ist. Als Starrs bester Freund Khalil vor ihren Augen von einem Polizisten erschossen wird, rückt sie ins Zentrum der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit. Khalil war unbewaffnet. Bald wird landesweit über seinen Tod berichtet; viele stempeln Khalil als Gangmitglied ab, andere gehen in seinem Namen auf die Straße. Die Polizei und ein Drogenboss setzen Starr und ihre Familie unter Druck. Was geschah an jenem Abend wirklich? Die Einzige, die das beantworten kann, ist Starr. Doch ihre Antwort würde ihr Leben in Gefahr bringen...
At home in a neighborhood riven with gang strife, Starr Carter, 16, is both the grocer's daughter and an outsider, because she attends private school many miles away. But at Williamson Prep, where she's among a handful of black students, she can't be herself either: no slang, no anger, no attitude. That version of herself "Williamson Starr" "doesn't give anyone a reason to call her ghetto." She's already wrestling with what Du Bois called "double consciousness" when she accepts a ride home from Khalil, a childhood friend, who is then pulled over and shot dead by a white cop. Starr's voice commands attention from page one, a conflicted but clear-eyed lens through which debut author Thomas examines Khalil's killing, casual racism at Williamson, and Starr's strained relationship with her white boyfriend. Though Thomas's story is heartbreakingly topical, its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true about their lives with the way those lives are depicted and completely undervalued by society at large. Ages 14 up.
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I absolutely love this book, I’m white and I believe that having a book like this to educate the youth of America and to show how hard it is to be a POC is amazing. One person said that what if a five year old were to read this book, well 1, they’d have to be a very good reader for their age and 2 it’s rated young adult for a reason. Kids in middle school and up should read this book but it depends on maturity level. Again I love this book it’s amazing and also really gets those emotions going.
I’m also 11 years old and I finished this book in 3 weeks and it was incredible. It’s so amazing. Angie Thomas has done it again
Seriously? First of all, I couldn’t even understand what the author was trying to write, the spelling was awful! Plus, there is too much violence! Killing! What if a young child, such as a five-year-old were to get their hands on this? He/she would probably never be able to fall asleep without having two nightmares in a night. It’s just... awful. I...hate it. It’s got soooo much violence!