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I say this with complete sincerity: if you read only one book this year, make it this one.

As a follow up: if you have $20, buy it for a local school or library.

Starr is living two lives, one at her prep school and one in her neighbourhood, never really fitting in at either. When her best friend Khalil is shot by a police officer while she's in the car, her carefully ordered life unspools. Billed as the YA Black Lives Matter book and inspired by Tupac, Angie Thomas's debut (debut!) is stunning and searing and just plain well put together.

The family dynamic is amazing, the neighbourhood is real in all the best and worst ways, the pacing is anxious-making, the ugliness is on the page, but the good things are too. I described in on Twitter as "a series of relentlessly necessary conversations held together by impeccable story-telling", and I think that's what I'm still going with now that I've settled into it a bit.

It sucks that we need books like these, but we need books like these, and this one in particular and outstanding.

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