(Walker kindly gave me a copy of this book to read and review. My opinions haven’t been affected.)
I knew about this book a while before Walker announced their Christmas blogger event. Then I went along and spotted that copies of this phenomenal book were sitting in the goody bags and I was very excited about it. This book is picking up a lot of attention and for very good reason too.
Starr lives two lives, one that fits her neighbourhood and one that fits her life at a private school. The system carries on, until the day she becomes the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil by a police officer. Now, anything she says could destroy her community and even get her killed.
The quote on the front of the UK cover at least is from John Green, who you’ll see above called it “Stunning.” Don’t read it as a flippant comment, as this book is incredible, gripping, heartbreaking for all the right reasons and just astounding. In fact, you’ll hear many people talking about this book as it gets set to publish here in the UK and you’ll hear a lot of people calling it a breakout, the most important book you’ll read this year, a standout debut and you might be inclined to dismiss it. Don’t.
This book confronts so many themes that we just don’t confront enough as a society and as individuals, racism of course being a huge theme, but confronting not just the fact that it exists, but the effects that it has and how damaging it can be to those affected.
This book might make you feel uncomfortable, but in the best way. The way that will almost certainly make you think a little differently, and I think some of the best books do just that.
There isn’t much on this book I can offer that hasn’t already been said, but rest assured if you buy this book you are most definitely not going to be disappointed. It’s a worthwhile and necessary read. And, most importantly I think, when people tell me that this is a standout book of 2017, they are 110% accurate.