Stand your Ground

Stand your Ground

Book - 2015
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After a seventeen-year-old African American boy is shot dead by a white man, the boy's mother and the shooter's wife face difficulties.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2015
Edition: First Touchstone trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781476792996
Branch Call Number: IF MURRAY
Characteristics: xii, 347 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 01, 2018

This novel made me feel a number of emotions, including anger and sadness, as it's indeed a tragic story, in more ways than one. I was intrigued during a few moments, but on the whole, the story didn't surprise me. I do like how not all the characters of either race think exactly alike, none of them are perfect people, and there's some nuance in the black community's response to the killing.

I would've liked to see more purpose and dimension for some of the characters. Although I liked seeing Meredith's perspective, she ultimately doesn't seem pivotal to the plot. The story's "bad guys" are like caricatures, and in the end, Wyatt's character just didn't make sense to me.

In all, my biggest takeaways from this read are reminders not to take prejudgments as facts and to beware of accepting "loud" perceptions without thinking critically, without searching and listening carefully, listening closely, for truth.

Feb 14, 2018

Good read from start to finish. There are a couple heart wrenching passages in this book that made me cry as I was reading. I have NEVER cried while reading a book in my 48 years of living. You have to be opened minded to read this book to appreciate each side of view.


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