What do you do when enough is enough? And how do you keep getting up when it might be safer to stay down? These questions flow through the story of Moss, a gay black teenager living in Oakland, California. When the escalating wrongs of an overly aggressive police department begin to affect not only the mental, but physical wellbeing of Moss and his classmates, what can he and their community do? Alongside that, how does he tackle his sometimes-crippling anxiety and make sure to keep the cute boy he met on the BART interested even when his brain fights against him?
This is a hard, heavy book, but it moves quickly. So quickly that the pace makes it even more devastating. It's not a perfect read, but definitely one worth picking up. And then following up with days and days of Happy Reads, once you've gotten over your book hangover.