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When 16 year old Starr Carters’s friend Kahlil is shot by a police officer everything changes in
her life. Starr struggles as police and other members of her town, Garden Heights, try to get her
to tell the story of what really happened that night. When half the town justifies why Kahlil got
shot and the other half is scared and Starr is under a lot of pressure. I thought this was a
wonderful book that is a must read for everyone. This book has a wonderful message for
everybody. One hundred percent recommend this book.
Lekha has a birthmark on her forehead. It is supposed to be luck, but for
her, she would not say it is lucky. Lekha goes to a school with not many
Indians and she is always teased for her unshaved legs, permanent bindi, and
generally for being an Indian. Suddenly another Indian becomes her
neighbor. Avanthika, is a lot more confident than Lekha even though she has
an accent. This book is how she tells her story with ups and downs about
Born a Crime is an autobiography about comedian Trevor Noah and his struggles growing up.
Watch him face traumatic experiences from living during the Apartheid to dealing with his
mother's toxic boyfriend. These all shape him into who he is today but will he learn the meaning
and importance behind them?
When Starr Carter’s childhood friend is brutally shot by a police officer – which was racially
provoked – her entire world turns upside down. This wasn’t the first time either. Starr slowly
starts to realize the injustice that has been engraved in the black community for years and
decades. The affluent school she and her brothers attend is far from Garden Heights (the perilous,
crime-driven neighborhood she lives in), and there, everybody is white; in fact, Starr describes
My rating for this book is a 4 because the book is really good and has a great plotline.
This book is about a black, Muslim teenager who is accused of a crime that he did not commit. He was accused of assaulting a white boy. He then has to go to prison and face consequences over something he did not do.
Born a Crime is a comical and fun read. The book is not that difficult to understand and it is educational as well as an interesting read. The main reason that I didn’t love this book was because even though the story was always interesting I felt like some parts of the book were too repetitive. There were several parts of the book where I felt that Trevor should have described what he did to reach the point of life that he is at now, instead of continuously telling us the stories of his childhood.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is SO GOOD. It gives off some Gossip Girl vibes, but itis so much more elevated and extremely intense. I really enjoyed this book because it is dark and mysterious while also being funny and adventurous. It is definitely a unique read and I have never read anything even remotely close to it. It is packed with so many little plots, twists, turns, and epiphanies that I read the whole thing in two days or less. A 100% must-read novel!!
A Raisin in the Sun is a 1959 play by Lorraine Hansberry that focuses on an embattled family in south Chicago as they attempt and discuss ways to improve their lives financially after an insurance payout following the death of the patriarch in the family. In this quick but compelling play, Hansberry thoughtfully focuses heavily on racism, housing discrimination, and assimilation.
All American Boys is told from the perspectives of Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins. The story revolves around Rashad getting beaten by police after being suspected of robbery. Both characters struggle with the aftermath of being the victim and witnessing police brutality. Normally I don't opt to read books with more than one perspective, but I genuinely enjoyed reading the stories of Rashad and Quinn. The authors do a great job distinguishing which character the story is being told from.