I was apprehensive of this book before I decided to buy it but once I started reading the sample, I could not put it down. The story is riveting. We go through life from the eyes of a school-going girl who is trying to determine where she stands in her priorities and whether she wants to fit in or not. Between the constant dilemma of either being proper or being her true self, she finds her voice and teaches us a lesson to be loyal for things that matter to us deeply. I usually get moved by topics of racism, being a woman of color and to read how an entire community deals with it, people of all ages and sizes was different for a novel. Despite the grim subject that it covers the book does not leave a sense of despair. I was particularly happy with the accented English of the book. It just makes one talk like that for sometime. I would love to read more books by Angie Thomas.