U.S.A. / 2017
Angie Thomas' debut novel about a girl grappling with the police murder of her best friend was a massive breath of fresh air. I mean, seriously, it has everything a young black girl wants (and needs) to see in a novel: balanced representation, a complex main character with highly relatable issues and, not to mention, tons of dabbing, shade throwing, potato salad quips and white people can't dance jokes. Every Black girl in America should own this book. It gives a voice to all the things we feel when watching those BS police officer acquittals and 21st century lynching postca—I mean *"shooting death" videos*. This book names and claims all those emotions. Most importantly—and beautifully—it validates them. God bless Angie Thomas for writing this book. This ranks right up there with my other absolute favorite read of 2017: Trevor Noah's stunning memoir, Born a Crime. 5/5! This book is a gift to the world.