Guest Blogger: Jenna, Grade 10
Setting (Place): Garden Heights
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 Stars
The author was able to write efficiently as a teenage girl. I find that some authors have difficulty writing as a character that is very different from who they actually are. This novel was captivating at the beginning, dragged a little towards the beginning of the second half of the novel, but came together towards the end.
Growing up in a city filled with gangs, drugs, and violence. Teenage girl Starr Carter, daughter of an ex-gang member experiences something she never thought she would have to experience. Caught in the middle of the attention, Starr is torn whether to be involved or not. She is forced to keep her life at home different from her life at a pristine, white-dominated school. The novel, narrated from the point of view of Starr, expands on her internal battle between being silent or saying too much.
“Instinct says don’t move, but everything else says check on Khalil. I jump out the Impala and rush around to the other side. Khalil stares at the sky as if he hopes to see God. His mouth is open like he wants to scream. I scream loud enough for the both of us….”
Kids and students my age would like this book. Others should read this novel to understand social issues talked about in today’s news. The novel shines a light on police brutality and the effect it has on individuals involved.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten