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Starr is a 16-year-old black girl living in parallel worlds, teetering between the poor neighbourhood where she was raised and the posh suburban high school she attends. But when she witnesses a deadly act of police violence, that fraught balancing act falls apart. Her fellow students know nothing of what it's like to live under that shadow of fear. 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the instances of racially-motivated violence in America that the activist group was born from, this powerful and gripping audiobook by Angie Thomas is moving, topical and compelling. Award-winning narrator Bahni Turpin adds an emotive edge to Starr’s struggle for justice, guiding listeners through each moment of joy, anger and heartbreak.

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
Winner of the Children's Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping young-adult novel about one girl's struggle for justice. 

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

©2017 Angela Thomas (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." (John Green)

"The narration here brings this powerful YA novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, vividly to life." (Lancashire Post)

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Good read.

​This is so utterly beautiful..that I fail to find words that can... suitably elocute my experience. I felt that I was experiencing the characters, their pains & pangs, everything felt real. 

Loved it! 

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Exceptional narration

The story of course is well written but I am wary of listening to fiction because I always felt it would ruin my experience of the story. But Bahni Turpin brought each and every character alive. I was almost watching a show inside my head. She made subtle changes to the character voices and switched accents which made them distinctive without being theatrical. This book has opened my mind to exploring more fiction books in audio format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-20

Amazing!

I loved it...
the book made me realise that we all have a voice and sometimes we need to speak louder then others to be heard!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-20

Nuanced and empathetic, well worth the read!

Poignant and nuanced with a balanced perspective, this book was a joy to read. There's a lot to unpack with this, and even with a heavy look at how ordinary people are affected by racism, racial profiling, and police brutality, Angie Thomas still manages to make the story entertaining and enrapturing with her way with words, and her quick wit and humour. Bahni Turpin also does an excellent job bringing the characters to life, and giving Starr her voice.

I will say that it's interesting to see how this book will be viewed decades later. Much like how Noughts and Crosses still feels shockingly relevant now, but with new context, this story still feels extremely fresh, while also leaving room for different conclusions to be drawn based on the current climate in 2020. This is worth the read at any time as Angie Thomas is an excellent writer, but right now is perhaps the best time to read it. Well worth it!

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  • Yvette Anderson
  • 18-09-19

Loved and Loved

The story is current and characters relatable. Music and fashion is weaved throughout making me land in the middle of the family living room although I am a white girl sitting in Cape Town. Stop feeding Hate I want to scream, but I live in a society where so much hate is pumped into the system it is boiling over.
Thank you for writing this and for the magnificent performance!

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  • Adam Cranfield
  • 14-04-20

A M A Z I N G ✨✨✨

I really liked this book, I’m 11, so probably too young, though this is my preference of age range in books. But the real joy for me comes in Bahni Turpin’s narration... PLEEEAAASE GET HER TO DO EVERY BOOK EVER! She’s amazing, smooth voice, natural tone, emotion and perfect everything, real connection to the character. So, all in all, perfect narration for a perfect book! 💙💜💙💜

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  • The Yellow Dart
  • 10-04-19

Entertaining, powerful but a bit YA

I got this book without knowing too much about it and tbh probably wouldn't have listened to it if I knew it was in the young adult category of fiction (me being a middle-aged man) But having said that even though it does feel very YA at times with a lot of focus on teenage concerns (early relationships, teen entertainment) and some of the dialogue feels a little clunky, I still got caught up in the story, characters and it's dealing with the ills of society. It does develop somewhat predictably but that's sort of in keeping with the feel of the book.
One thing which makes it as entertaining as it is, is the narration by Bahni Turpin, which is excellent and one of the best performances I've heard on an audiobook.
Overall I recommend it with maybe some reservations if you're an old codger like me (glad I listened to it overall though) and I think younger readers would gain a lot from its powerful message.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

a great book wonderfully read

a great book with a message, wonderfully read in a way that brings the characters and story to life

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  • Faith Howes
  • 12-03-19

Incredible performance!

The book is absolutely fantastic, as I’m sure most people know by now, but I truly cannot say enough about Bahni Turpin‘s interpretation! She truly brought this novel and all it’s complex characters to life in an authentic and moving way. This is one audiobook that shouldn’t be passed over!

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  • Gary B.
  • 19-12-19

Well written glance into life in black America

As a white, middle aged male, I know nothing of the world Angie Thomas writes about and so I 'enjoyed' the story more for the world that opened up to me rather than the core story line. It brilliantly highlights inequality and the inherent racism that exists in the US - knowing that it exists and is growing elsewhere. Similar to Orangeboy (London setting). Both have weaker endings, but it's the journey with the characters that is so much more important.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

brilliant

well written and well read we need more audio narrators like Bahni Turpin to bring audio books to life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-19

brilliant

I have not seen the movie, but if it's as amazing as this audio book then I will take the time out to watch it.

Bahni Turpin's narration is oscar worthy.

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  • Julie
  • 15-02-21

stunning story excellently narrated

One of the best audiobooks I've heard, and a stunning story. Believe the hype, Angie Thomas truly realises a cast of characters who explore every nuance of their struggle and you will be right there along with them.

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  • TK
  • 28-01-21

Excellent story

The story was amazing... It gives context to regular working class black people with complex and complicated lives. They have to code switch to get by in the double lives they lead. It tells of the complexity of interracial love in volatile times. And it shouts for us to shout for justice against police brutality wherever we see it.

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  • Joanne Cox
  • 08-01-21

Amazing

I absolutely loved the book! Brilliant from start to finish! I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-21

Everything about this book is absolutely perfect.

I don't even have anything that convincing to say right now it's just everything I wanted it to be. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏼

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-21

A Great Book

I really enjoyed this book.
Would have liked it to go further but guess there will most likely be a sequel.

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  • Mel
  • 22-01-21

Powerful

This book is powerful — it’s a roller coaster of emotion. The highs and lows feel so real; because it isn’t a far fetched account of systemic racism. I’m sure a majority of people could relate. No book has ever made me cry as frequently or as hard. Bahni Turpin’s narration was spectacular.

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  • Hanna Jones
  • 03-12-20

I'd heartily recommend listening.

This book has been on my to read list for quite sometime and now I wish I'd listened to it sooner.
I was captivated from beginning to end.

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  • Nell
  • 15-12-19

One of my all time favourite audio books

This book made sleepless nights enjoyable, I almost went to bed hoping that I would have trouble sleeping.

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  • Janet
  • 01-11-19

Interesting insight into black America

Thought this story seemed a very authentic scenario well told. Good for young or older adults who don't mind a little swearing. Worth a listen.

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  • Karan Brar
  • 07-08-19

Simply the best

Bahni Turpin has narrated this great book in a way that captivates you from the start until the end. One of the best audiobooks in recent times...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-19

provocative

listened to it with my teenage boys in one hit as we drove on a road trip. was great and the boys did not want to stop

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  • Veronika Leigh
  • 07-07-19

Powerful, Relevant Story

Powerful writing of a powerful story. It's so relevant and the protagonist is extremely likeable and relatable. Narration is phenomenal! A distinct voice for each individual character.

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  • D Cookie
  • 28-04-19

Everyone needs to hear this

This is a story that needs to be shared. Beautifully narrated, with a powerful message that reflects our modern history and our present.