“Be roses that grow in the concrete.” – Angie Thomas
Starr Carter life moves around between two completely different worlds. A poor neighborhood where she lives and a fancy prep school which she attends. However one her childhood friend Khalil is involved in a fatal shooting with a police officer while Khalil was unarmed.
Afterwards, his death becomes a national headline. But people are calling Khalil a thug and a drug dealer. But protesters are taking to the streets for the movement in the name of Khalil. Police and the neighborhood’s drug lord are pressuring Starr, everyone wants to know what really happened that night. But what Starr realises is what she chooses to say and not to say, could endanger her life.
- Pages – 444
- Author – Angie Thomas
- Published – February 28th 2017
- Rating – 5
- Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
“That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life” – Angie Thomas
Finally after being so busy I have managed to catch up to writing my posts, sorry everyone! Life has been chaotic! HOWEVER, I loved this. And what was interesting was I didn’t realise how much I was enjoying this story until I completely finished the book. I could easily visualise all the characters, their environment and I certainly tried to imagine their situation. I was so engrossed in this book it’s difficult for me to explain the type of love I have for it.
This book is needed, important and seriously worthy of reading. Inspired by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, this book faces the issues regarding this movement head on, not apologising for it’s brutality and honesty. Which I love. All of it opened my eyes to the racial bias in the justice system that I haven’t read/seen before, I have watched documentaries etc, but to read this story as if it’s happening there and then word by word.
I can’t explain how powerful that is.
Another thing I adored about this book is Starr’s family, they must be one of the most realistically portrayed families I’ve ever read about in a novel. Her siblings are protective but annoy one another, her parents do anything they can for their children to have the best lives they possibly can. It was nice to read, a family that truly valued one another, watching basketball together on nights, however still had those real world problems that we see through family members day to day.
Star was also a serious heroine for me within this story, her character was very well put forward, strong and . I have no idea how somebody would react to something as awful as what happens is this book, but I think how she reacts is so well written that you sort of feel like she’s your friend? And you’re watching this story unravel and seeing her struggle. You really are in Starr’s world.
This book needs to be read, not just young children or teens, but everyone. It gives people the understanding of something that is actually happening right now. Not 100 years ago, but today or tomorrow, or a week ago. It shows people that speaking up works, your voice matters and your actions. I don’t know what else I can say to explain how powerful this book was to read.
Easy. Starr’s Dad, the lines that he comes out with in this book are pure genius and had me laughing to myself on the train while reading. He was relatable in the sense of how he treat and protected his daughter, as well as his humour that kids have to deal with on a day to day basis with their dads. I absolutely loved him. I will leave you with this example…
“You still got that old laptop? The one you had before we bought you that expensive-ass fruit one?”
I laugh. “It’s an Apple MacBook, Daddy.”
“It damn sure wasn’t the price of an apple. Anyway, you got the old one?”
Any dislikes about the book? Easy answer, no.
This book needs to be read, I feel like it should be handed out in schools and work places. It’s important and it’s happening now and I cannot thank Angie Thomas enough for creating something so raw and amazing. Please, if you haven’t read this book, just read it.