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  • OMG!!

    This is the best book I have ever read!! The story was amazing and captivating in a new and refreshing way. I opened it last on chistmas day evening and upon opening it i promptly sat down on my couch and moved once to my bed until 3 am when I was done. I am a very avid reader (bookworm!!) and I am proud to sw this is my new favorite! Would recomend!!

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    120 person found this review helpful

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  • Love is strength

    A story of a young girl that has seen more sadness and dealt with more fear than one person should see in a lifetime. Yet she finds the strength to stand up to those that would hold her down. Never leave anything unsaid and never forget to tell someone you love them.

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    75 person found this review helpful

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  • Great story written with emotion and intelligence

    I thought this book did a fantastic job covering racial events from several viewpoints using each character's back story, dreams, fears, and wishes. The parts depicting Starr's home life were humorous as well as authentic. I felt like I knew these people; like they were members of my family, hood, and community.

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  • Just Read It!

    This is a really difficult book for me to review. For one, there has just been so much hype around this book and so many reviews, I feel as though everything to be said has likely already been said about this book. I also almost feel guilty “rating” and “reviewing” a book like this. So, I’m just going to make the review part of this “review” short and sweet. First, I just want to say that throughout this book I was constantly wondering why these issues are still issues. It’s just so hard for me to believe that the kind of things that go on in this book actually still occur today. I also want to say that I’m not American, so my perspective is slightly different, even though we do see a lot of America’s news where I live. Some things in this book really opened my eyes. I know that racism exists, which I just don’t understand. Where I live, I think it’s a similar situation for First Nations individuals rather than Black individuals. This book really let me see things from the perspective of people who live in rough areas. I live in a small city, so these things are on a much smaller scale, but the ways Starr puts things still totally makes sense and I think apply here too. I agree with Starr’s finishing lines. I too hope things change (and soon), but I’m not sure how they will or when they will. The book as a novel gets four stars from me because not everything was five-star worthy in my opinion, but that isn’t meant to take away from the message and the importance of this book. I listened to the audiobook version and thought the narrator did a great job as well. I’ll end this “review” by just saying that you should read this book. Whoever you are, whatever your race or status is, you should read this book. It’s powerful and I just think everyone can probably get something from this book.

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  • I HAVE NO WORDS.

    THIS BOOK IS SO DETAILED AND HEARTFELT . I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I AM ACTUALLY AND IRONICALLY WRITING THIS AT 2:23 IN THE MORNING. IT REALLY CAPTURES SOCIETY TODAY IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF PEOPLE LIVING IN A PLACE WHERE COLOR MATTERS. YOU ARE IN THE LIFE OF STARR. A 16 YEAR OLD WHO HAS A HARD LIFE. I DEFINETLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ

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