Today I wanted to share my review of this extremely relevant, very powerful, thought provoking, and important book. If you have not read this yet please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Change starts with knowledge.☮️
This book was extremely powerful and the audio was even better!
What I know: what it is like to be the only one hundred percent white sibling in a biracial family, what it is like to have national guard on your street as I was living in Long Beach during the 92 riots, what it is like to have a brother pulled over by the police for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin. Vut what I don’t know is what it is like to be anything but a white girl in America. This book did a very good job in really bringing to light the problem of police brutality when it comes to minorities. A life matters no matter what! We will never know what choices we would make if our life offered us different circumstances and different choices. We will never truly understand our privilege, unless we go without. I unequivocally believe we should not judge people based on not only the color of their skin, but not of their life choices. We have never lived their lives, we do not know their reasons, and what we really don’t know is what we would have done in the same situation. I hope people read this book with an open mind and wanting some understanding to what is really going on, someday perhaps we could all live in a world where people pass less judgment and have more understanding, I can only hope. And I really hope the next time a man takes a knee in protest of how black men and women are treated in America, we stand up and take notice!
narration: if you do not listen to audiobooks start now! This is probably the most fantastic narration of 2017,Bahni Turpine brought so much to this already amazing story, I can’t even….💚
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.