I listened to this book on my Audible app. The narrator is Bahni Turpin. In today's society it is 'fashionable' to bash cops. I figured that is what this book would be about. I was surprised to find that it was about so much more than that.
But mostly it is about Star. Star is from a gang-controlled neighborhood, who attends a mostly white school outside the neighborhood. Her daddy has a store in the neighborhood and her mama is a nurse working at a clinic. She has an older brother (from another mother) and a little brother. One night, while she is attending a party, she runs into an 'old friend' that she has grown apart from. They leave the party together. He is pulled over by a cop and asked to exit the car. Then he is shot by this cop who thought he had a weapon, but it turned out he did not have one.Star finds out that her friend was supposedly a drug dealer and a gang member. She becomes the witness that is called into the Grand Jury to give her testimony to what happened. The Grand Jury does not find the cop guilty and the rioting begins in her old neighborhood.
The book is very riveting when giving the perspective of officer involved shootings from the side of a black person. I cannot imagine living my life with that much fear of people who are supposed to protect me. But, I am also a white person who can see the side of the cops who are afraid of every traffic stop they make, regardless of the color of the person they are stopping. Most of you know I have a cop son. And I worry all the time about him being shot. I think it is going to take BOTH sides to be able to walk a bit in the shoes of the other side to solve our racial problems. I wonder if it will ever happen.
The characters in this book are very well developed and will be hard to forget. I think this would be a great book for all high school (or even middle school) kids to read. The racial issues in America are a real problem. It is past time to figure out how we can all live together and get along.
This book will get **** from me!