Life was normal for 16-year-old Starr, but that was before she witnessed a tragedy that she struggles to reconcile along with her internalized feelings of alienation in two vastly different worlds. There's the ‘Garden Heights’ Starr, the sole witness to the shooting of her best friend Khalil by the local police and there's also ‘Williamson’ Starr who is the only African American student at her predominately white private school and far removed from Garden Heights and the community problems that live there. With the weight of the community's hunger to avenge Khalil, Starr comes forth hoping for justice, however she quickly learns how complicated things can become. With inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, along with Starr's introspection, Angie Thomas' creates a sentimental, compelling novel that proves that we should always do what is right, even when it is hard.
— Teasha Kirkwood