Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter narrates, speaking in an authentic and moving way about the difficulty in reconciling what she knows to be true about herself, her loving family, and her friends with the way others view them. “Wake up wake up,” said the poet Rumi. That’s what this book does for its readers. Ages 14 and up.— Ga
It’s finally in paperback! Straddling the world she grew up in and the one she aspires to, Starr Carter struggles to find her voice in the face of a terrible tragedy. The writing is raw and honest and unbelievably good. If you haven’t checked out the debut novel that kicked off Printz Award–winning author Angie Thomas’ meteorite rise, now is your moment. Believe me, it is worth every bit of the hype.— Ivy
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller
Absolutely riveting --Jason Reynolds
Stunning. --John Green
This story is necessary. This story is important. --Kirkus (starred review)
Heartbreakingly topical. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A marvel of verisimilitude. --Booklist (starred review)
A powerful, in-your-face novel. --Horn Book (starred review)
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.
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.
But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.