Angie Thomas has written an amazingly provocative debut novel. It ranks with Victoria Christopher Murray's Stand Your Ground and Jody Piccoult's, Small Great Things. The novel has believable characters, realistic dialogue, and a slice of life.Starr Carter lives in Garden Heights, where gunshots, drug dealers, and gangbangers are a part of her life. In an effort to protect her and her brothers, Seven and Sekani, and for a better education, their parents send them to Williamson, a private school. Starr has learned to negotiate both worlds, but with different personae. At Williamson, Starr doesn't want to be "ghetto" or "the angry black girl". At home she hangs around the house or works at her father's neighborhood grocery store.The last weekend of Spring Break, her friend Kenya talks Starr into gAsoig to a party. While at the party, Starr runs into an old friend, Khapulls hey are catching up and reminiscing, a fight erupts. Khalil gets Starr out of house and into his car. On the wag to Star's house, they talk and listen to some Tupac. Khalil explains to Starr why Tupac is still relevant. Then the blue lights flash behind them and Khalil pulls over. What happens next terrifies Starr, changes Starr in so many ways.