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8 starred reviews. Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best. 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. "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.