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!
“Completely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds
“Shocking.” —John Green
“This story is vital. This story is vital.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A surprise of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)
“An impressive, 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 partiality suburban prep faculty she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood highest family member Khalil by the hands of a police officer. Khalil used to be unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a countrywide headline. A few are calling him a thug, possibly even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. A few police officers and the local drug lord attempt to intimidate Starr and her circle of relatives. What everyone needs to understand is: what really went down that night? And the one person alive who can solution that may be Starr.
But what Starr does—or does no longer—say may upend her community. It will also endanger her life.
And do not miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s tough practice-as much as The Hate U Give.