Marie Kondo, known for Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, came out with a new Netflix series, in which she says people should throw away books that don’t “spark joy” or even rip out pages that spark joy and toss the rest. Book lovers, of course, were outraged.
Starr Amara Carter is a black girl who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but goes to a predominantly white private school in the suburbs. She’s always had to code switch between her two different environments, but when she sees her friend getting shot and killed by a police officer for no reason, she can no longer brush off the differences. Angie Thomas tackles difficult issues about structural racism, death of a friend, and police brutality in such a captivating way that it was hard for me to put the book down to go to sleep. I gave myself a whole week to read this but finished in only two weekdays. As a young adult novel it is easy to read, but it also reaches into your heart and grabs it. As people of color, we often have to “tone down” our culture in our behaviour in order to blend in, and endure microaggressions, ignorant and insensitive remarks that you don’t address most of the time as they are seemingly insignificant and you fear being seen as petty, even though they do affect you. It alienates you from the community you come from, and even then, you aren’t…