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Starr Carter (Female), Student, African American, Lives in a poor neighborhood; attends a fancy prep school; witnessed her best friend being fatally shot by the police
Young adult
Emotional trauma
Shooting victims
Police brutality
African American youth
Black Lives Matter
Teenage girls
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

A routine traffic stop turns tragic for two African American teens, leaving one dead and the other irrevocably changed by the shooting and its aftermath of legal battles, survivor's guilt, and race riots. Thomas's fictionalized story of the Black Lives Matter movement is powerful, and the star turn here by reader Turpin makes it all the more riveting. Turpin, who was PW's 2016 Narrator of the Year, delves into the character of Starr, who struggles with whether to come forward with the truth about the shooting when doing so means her own life will come under terrible scrutiny. She conveys the complexity of the 16-year-old protagonist who sounds both youthful and mature for her age, as she relies on code-switching to navigate two different social settings-her mostly black neighborhood and mostly white school-until, partway through the novel, she starts breaking all the rules she's previously used to compartmentalize her life. Turpin also turns in memorable performances for various supporting characters, especially Starr's parents, who come from contrasting backgrounds and approach Starr's crisis differently, and several of the kids at school. Turpin's remarkable sensitivity carries this performance to the ranks of greatness. A HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray hardcover. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!</p> <p>"Absolutely riveting!" --Jason Reynolds</p> <p>"Stunning." --John Green</p> <p>"This story is necessary. This story is important." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)</p> <p>"Heartbreakingly topical." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)</p> <p>"A marvel of verisimilitude." --Booklist (starred review)</p> <p>"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --The Horn Book (starred review)</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.</p>
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