Updated: Feb 16, 2019
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Everyone should read this book, and by everyone, I mean white people. Yes, it is America-centric but the themes reflect the long-standing impact on racism across the world.
Obviously, this was not the intention of the author, but as I was reading it I was quite ashamed of my race’s actions. I see myself as an ally to people of colour in their fight against racism, but reading this book made me painfully aware of the impact of underlying (and very obvious) racism has on young people of colour. It helped me to get closer to appreciating what people of colour go through, even in a society that, from the top layer, looks like it’s come a long way in terms of race equality.
Starr and her family felt homely when I was reading this. Most importantly, it showed me that so many different people experience different lives from my own. If you love young adult, and you want to broaden your mind, this is for you. Fantastic piece of fiction, social commentary and entertainment. Well done, Angie Thomas.
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