Oh boy, that lady looks scary… anywho, today I’m here to review a nonfiction book? Yes, I’m confused as well. But an AMAZING bookstore owner recommended it to me, and I trust his taste, so I tried it. And y’all, I was shook.
For those of you who haven’t read the book, here’s the blurb:
One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
This book handled an extremely sensitive topic with grace and beautiful prose. I don’t know what I was expecting going into it, but it exceeded those expectations by far. This novel looked at a crime from lots of different viewpoints, through prose, interviews, real conversations, newspaper articles, and social media posts. It was heartwrenching to read both of the kid’s stories, and I really came away feeling like it took a comprehensive look at the events of that afternoon.
Even if you aren’t usually a fan of nonfiction, I highly recommend this book. It blew me away.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂