Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
I had a tough time when I started reading this book due to the African American vernacular in which it is written but a few chapters in I didn’t notice it anymore. This book gives a first hand look into life in the ghetto, what is is like to live in a world filled with drugs and gangs. You see how racism can result in life changing events that perpetuate the distrust on both sides. This is an easy read with a good message and will be an eye opener for many.
Josie’s friend Amanda is missing. But because she’s a runaway with a history of drug use and other risky behavior, no one seems to care. Clem, the owner of the community kitchen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where Josie works in exchange for food, advises her to just leave well enough alone. Then a young man whose friend is also missing asks her for help. Josie learns that she, along with the other teens who helped her bring down the cop responsible for the death of her entire family, is becoming known on the street as a person who makes sure justice is done. When the battered bodies of homeless teens start filling the city’s morgue, Josie and Team Retribution suspect a connection to their missing friends and begin investigating. They discover an underground fight club where at-risk youth are being forced to fight and even kill each other for sport. Josie is captured and may have to enter the ring herself to save her friends.
This is an action packed, fast moving book based on the streets of Vancouver giving a glimpse into the lives of its street people. You see the hopelessness of the lives of the runaways who live there and how they are drawn into bad situations. It also shows how friendships can be made and the lengths people will go to to help their friends. I enjoyed this book as it was action packed and a quick read. I was disappointed in the end as it leaves you hanging, not really sure what has happened to resolve the situation. I also found it strange in the beginning when the murder of Josie’s family is brought up as it doesn’t add to this book and must have been written in just to draw the reader’s curiosity enough to read the book that does deal with that topic.
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.
I really had no idea what to expect when I started to read this book. It is a story that shows what true friendship can do for people and how important it is to be honest with your friends. It was a short book and I quite enjoyed it. There are quite a few Star Trek references that would definitely make more sense to Trekkie people but even if, like me, you aren’t a Trekkie it is easy to understand. The book depicts an “easy” fix to mental illness but does acknowledge that this really isn’t the case and the right treatment is needed and may take many years. It also acknowledges that people with mental illness are people too and should be treated as such.
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The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
When I read the overview of this book I thought it sounded like a pretty good book. But I’m not going to lie, when I started it, my thought was, this is going to be a long and painful read as sci-fi, space ships and computer hacking are not my thing. I kept reading (mostly because I felt I had too, it’s my job) and can honestly say it did improve. There is a lot of action with a really good story line. The book is a series of email discussions, thought processes, observations and spaceship schematics which make it a more interesting read (although some may find this confusing). In the end a good book especially if you are into spaceships, intergalactic travel and wars.