Short disclaimer to throw out there, this review will simply discuss my own personal yet honest thoughts being given upon this book, I do apologize for the fact that this is my first time reviewing a novel that is completely right off my alley, for it is an own voice’s novel and whatnot. But with that being said, I’d still hope you guys would enjoy reading my opinions regarding this novel, and for this review to hopefully convince you guys enough into picking this up yourselves in the forthcoming future.
I guess that’s enough dilly dallying for now. On to my review, then!
I came across this book not really knowing too much about it other than it supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement, fighting against police brutality, and how powerful of a weapon a single voice can be today. There were a ton of hype surrounding it, and I was quietly questioning myself as to why it was getting a lot of it, so I went in and devoured the whole entire book myself.
Now, I do not have to question as to why it got the hype it deserved in the first place, because overall, this book was a complete set of empowering, wonderful, and insightful novel itself. It stood out among the other books out there because of the topics it covered, and how it explored such healthy representations of underrated yet still prominent and realistic themes that we do not frequently get in the YA literature.
Reading through the perspective of a black main character, Starr, really immersed me into this world she lives in, and how she deals with living the best of both worlds, with one being the poor, dangerous, yet also welcoming neighborhood she currently lives in, and the other being her school she goes to everyday filled with rich, white, kids who fully accept her regardless of who she is. Starr really brought down a lot of the things that happened to her in a very serious level that is enough to provide contrast to the fact that she is still 17 years old at the time being.
There were a number of interesting topics being shown throughout the course of this story, one being interracial relationships, toxic friendships, the black culture, grief, and family that simultaneously collides with the main theme of this book being about the importance of having a voice. Which was super interesting to read about, because again, this book is not something I normally read on a regular basis, therefore I feel super grateful to have finally get a chance of reading it.
The writing of this book, felt very honest. Everything being written down here, from the dialogues of the conversations in between the black characters, Starr’s deepest, darkest thoughts, the descriptions of the world where Starr lived in practically two different neighborhoods, felt extraordinarily concrete, on point, and four-dimensional to me. Yes, I said four instead of three because they are that real to me. There were references here and there that supports the story as it helped unfold the story, which surely made a difference when being compared to a normal reading experience.
I feel like this book offers a lot for any readers out there to gain something in return after finish reading it. As for me, I learned the importance of how a single voice can empower the lives of many, and that we should never be obliged into using them against the people who did us wrong. In conclusion, I should feel the need to give this book a 5/5 stars rating it deserves.
However, I highly encourage you guys to also pick this book up to as well learn why people have been raving about this since its pre-release. Trust me when I say this book is phenomenal, mindblowing, eye-opening, and life-changing to its very core. So, make sure you don’t miss out!
from a girl who is ready to stand for what she believes,