Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


This book left me with so many different thoughts and feelings, I couldn’t and still can’t fully put together all of my thoughts into words but I really wanted to share some of the thoughts and feelings I have as I feel as though I need to convince everyone to read it.

This book dealt with so many deep and powerful issues that are very relevant to today’s society and was based off of the Black Lives Matter movement and also deals with the topics of racism and I really liked that there wasn’t many white characters at all and it was really great to read a book that was for the most part POC characters.

This book was also an Own Voices book and also Angie’s debut novel, the plot and characters were the best aspects of the book and Starr was such an empowering, strong and smart character to read about and the importance of family was a very big plus for me as a lot of books these days seem to neglect the importance of a characters family. This book was filled with both sad and funny moments and also had a wide range of Harry Potter remarks, this book makes you feel a lot of emotions and deep emotions at that.

The one thing that I would say I didn’t like was the writing style at some points wasn’t as strong or didn’t flow as I wanted it to but honestly the plot and the storyline made me overlook this very easily and because it was a debut novel I totally didn’t expect it to be perfect (It was better than some books that aren’t even debut let me tell you that).

Overall, this book was filled with honesty, it had me both in tears and in laughter and I learnt so much and it honestly made me think of a lot of things that I hadn’t before and being a young adult white reader I was very educated by this book and I can’t wait to meet Angie later this month at Melbourne Writers Festival. If I could I would give this book all the stars in the universe, I also would love everyone to read this book as it was just so educational and I can’t stress that enough.


Huge thanks to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review