High schoolers Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins live separate until Rashad becomes a victim of police brutality, falsely accused of shoplifting by officer Paul Galluzzo. Quinn is there with his friends and witnesses the attack. He struggles to believe that Paul, who has been a role model since his father died, could be THAT man. Quinn's friends know this, too. While in the hospital, Rashad learns more about himself and people like him.
Tensions rise not only at the boys' high school, but in their communities, and ultimately throughout the country because of a video goes viral. Everyone is divided over the events and race. Rashad has to decide who he is and what he is supposed to do about this event and similar ones. Quinn has to decide whether or not to speak out against those who he thought he knew. What choices will they make?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
While I had to read this book for school, I couldn’t help but want to read more. Kiely and Reynolds did an amazing job writing this story. Rashad, Quinn, and the other characters feel real to teenagers my age. There are many relevant issues in the book, such as police brutality and racism. They are presented in a way that makes you want to take action yourself. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in high school or older.
Readers will be instantly drawn in and emotionally invested in this contemporary young adult novel that could be ripped from the headlines.
None specific to the book. It does contain violence and foul language.
This is a young adult novel that tackles contemporary social issues.
The themes within the book are easily seen, but not easily isolated - just like real life. While racism, prejudice, and profiling are the most obvious topics for discussion, there are other areas to be explored, including trust, friendship, personal values, family, and personal responsibility.
10 and Up
15 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Borrow and plan to talk about it with friends.