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Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she's grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister's name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia's no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell t Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she's grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister's name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia's no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell the world what really happened, Katia's death will be ignored, like the deaths of so many other Black women who are wrongfully killed. With the help of her friend, Sonnet, Beau sets up a Twitter account to gather anonymous tips. But the more that Beau finds out about her sister's death, the more danger she finds herself in. And with a new relationship developing with her childhood friend, Champion, and the struggle to keep her family together, Beau is soon in way over her head. How much is she willing to risk to clear her sister's name and make sure she's not forgotten?


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Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she's grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister's name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia's no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell t Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she's grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister's name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia's no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell the world what really happened, Katia's death will be ignored, like the deaths of so many other Black women who are wrongfully killed. With the help of her friend, Sonnet, Beau sets up a Twitter account to gather anonymous tips. But the more that Beau finds out about her sister's death, the more danger she finds herself in. And with a new relationship developing with her childhood friend, Champion, and the struggle to keep her family together, Beau is soon in way over her head. How much is she willing to risk to clear her sister's name and make sure she's not forgotten?

30 review for The Black Girls Left Standing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    My last read of June and I still have no idea what the heck happened with this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    humansreading

    This is a riveting story about a girl on a mission to clear her sister’s name after she’s murdered by an off-duty police officer who accuses her of breaking and entering. The reader (listener) accompanies Beau, our main character on her investigative journey. Despite there being the main goal of clearing her sister Katia’s name, we see Beau also trying to navigate life as a high school student, daughter and friend. Despite the family relationship not being perfect, I love the representation of b This is a riveting story about a girl on a mission to clear her sister’s name after she’s murdered by an off-duty police officer who accuses her of breaking and entering. The reader (listener) accompanies Beau, our main character on her investigative journey. Despite there being the main goal of clearing her sister Katia’s name, we see Beau also trying to navigate life as a high school student, daughter and friend. Despite the family relationship not being perfect, I love the representation of both parents being present in the black household. I enjoyed the interesting twist as well. I did get somewhat bored with some moments of whining and self-pity but I suppose that is what one would expect from a teenager. The story also showcased the different parent-child dynamics that can, and often do, exist in our society. At the end, we see our MC learning lessons about life and herself which is always a good experience for any character to go through. Ariel Blake as the narrator did an excellent job in bringing out the emotions of the characters, hence bringing them to life as a listener. Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for providing me with an ALC in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    June 11, 2020: This ownvoices debut novel has just been announced and who isn't excited for an emotional mystery that revolves around a Black girl trying to find what happened on the night of her older sister's death—what the white cop who killed her by claiming she was breaking into his house is really hiding. AHHH! June 11, 2020: This ownvoices debut novel has just been announced and who isn't excited for an emotional mystery that revolves around a Black girl trying to find what happened on the night of her older sister's death—what the white cop who killed her by claiming she was breaking into his house is really hiding. AHHH!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    The black girls left standing is a beautiful portrayal of the aftermath of police brutality. The poignant displays of grief and changed family dynamics nearly had me on my knees. This book gets it: the revenge fantasies, the anger, the strained familial and peer relationships. Even through the lighter portions of this book there is always an undercurrent of something missing…someONE missing. I highly recommend this book (but please check triggers before diving in)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Never Without a Book

    3.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Bergland

    When Beau's sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer and isn't given the justice or attention she deserves, Beau takes matters into her own hands by investigating what her sister was really up to the night she died to clear Katia's name, while juggling a difficult home life with an absentee father and a mother so lost in her grief that Beau is left to hold the entire family together. When I read the synopsis for this book, I was immediately hooked and intrigued to follow along with When Beau's sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer and isn't given the justice or attention she deserves, Beau takes matters into her own hands by investigating what her sister was really up to the night she died to clear Katia's name, while juggling a difficult home life with an absentee father and a mother so lost in her grief that Beau is left to hold the entire family together. When I read the synopsis for this book, I was immediately hooked and intrigued to follow along with Beau's story. Unfortunately, my expectations may have been a little too high, and this book ultimately didn't quite reach them. I did love the use of flashbacks in this book and that those flashbacks allowed us to explore Katia and Beau's relationship and get to know Katia as a character. As a younger sister myself, I really connected with Beau in those moments of looking up to her older sister and wanting to hang out with her and be just like her, and I definitely connected to seeing how your relationship with your sister changes as you get older. That was probably my favorite part of the story. I did also appreciate how flawed the characters all were; I love seeing a cast of characters that each has their own unique flaws. It makes them relatable, but you can still root for them, which is important. Unfortunately, there were a lot of flaws with this story. The pacing was incredibly slow for at least the first half of the book; it definitely took too long for the story to get on its feet with Beau trying to figure out what happened with her sister. There was also a LOT of telling instead of showing, which as we know, is one of my biggest pet peeves. It's part of what contributed to the off pacing, in my opinion, how we'd speed through certain moments with a lot of telling instead of letting those scenes breathe, and then other scenes would be dragged out unnecessarily. And despite this being a "mystery," I predicted almost every plot point that occurred long before it happened, which did take some of the fun out of it; I wish there had been more actual mystery involved to help keep the reader invested. Finally, the ending was resolved way too easily; the characters' relationships were way too easily repaired (view spoiler)[(I do not think Deja should've been forgiven, especially as easily as she was) (hide spoiler)] and everything was wrapped into almost too neat of a bow. Not to say these characters didn't deserve a happy ending, I was happy to see Beau get a happy ending, but I just wish it had felt more earned instead of feeling forced as an easy way to wrap up the story. While there were aspects of this story that I enjoyed, in the end, it just wasn't what I'd hoped for from this story after reading the synopsis. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    4 stars This is a fantastic YA contemporary that includes issues of race, socioeconomic status, coming of age, changing relationships with friends and family, and an awareness of in/visibility. Beau, the m.c., is at her sister Katia's funeral when the novel begins, and it's clear from the initial moments that Beau has a lot of trouble to get into and a lot of nebulous issues to sort. Katia's death is the impetus for Beau's internal and external investigations, but finding answers to that situati 4 stars This is a fantastic YA contemporary that includes issues of race, socioeconomic status, coming of age, changing relationships with friends and family, and an awareness of in/visibility. Beau, the m.c., is at her sister Katia's funeral when the novel begins, and it's clear from the initial moments that Beau has a lot of trouble to get into and a lot of nebulous issues to sort. Katia's death is the impetus for Beau's internal and external investigations, but finding answers to that situation is only part of Beau's process. Throughout the novel, Beau grapples with memories of Katia, disappointments brought about by stresses in their relationship, some level of displacement (because it's easy to blame a lot on a shady partner, and her friendships and relationships with surviving family members. Beau also thinks about her socioeconomic status quite a bit and considers how this facet of her identity shapes her and differentiates her from others in her circle. In a situation that is fortunately not as relatable for most young readers (putting together the pieces of their sibling's death), Beau is an extremely relatable character and one for whom it is easy to root. From the cover and blurb, I expected that what I'd love most about this book is the treatment of race. While this is a standout feature, there's so much more to love than may initially meet the eye. I also fervently recommend the audiobook. The narration adds so much here. Goodman is definitely on my to-watch and to-read list, and I suggest that other YA lovers follow suit. *Special thanks to NetGalley, Macmillan Young Listeners, and Feiwel & Friends for the e-arc and audio arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The Black Girls Left Standing takes a look at the aftermath of a Black teen's murder by a white police officer. Beau's sister Katia is killed after they say she was accused of breaking and entering, but Beau knows her sister. She knows that Katia would never do something they accused her of. The only problem is that Jordan, Katia's loser boyfriend and the only witness to the crime, is missing. Beau and her friend hope to find Jordan, so they can clear Katia's name and make sure she doesn't becom The Black Girls Left Standing takes a look at the aftermath of a Black teen's murder by a white police officer. Beau's sister Katia is killed after they say she was accused of breaking and entering, but Beau knows her sister. She knows that Katia would never do something they accused her of. The only problem is that Jordan, Katia's loser boyfriend and the only witness to the crime, is missing. Beau and her friend hope to find Jordan, so they can clear Katia's name and make sure she doesn't become just another Black teen killed. This book examines the life of one Black girl in the aftermath of her sister's death, and what Beau goes through is painfully real. My heart ached for Beau trying to navigate not only the death of her sister but also everything else life decides to throw at her after that. The fact that Beau feels like she has to act like an adult is an awful reality for many teens in the wake of tragedy. Their childhood is ripped from them, and they are forced to grow up almost instantaneously. The realness of this book is the hardest thing of all. Despite that, I think this is an important read for everyone, especially in light of all the recent news, Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ALC. Ariel Blake was an excellent narrator. Beau's spirit really shone through in her narration. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Wassberg

    Juliana Goodman is a new author to me, and when I saw the description of this book on Netgalley I just had to request it. I was so impressed when I found out that this is her debut novel. Her writing style is up there with Angie Thomas and Tiffany D Jackson! I felt my heart breaking for Beau as she tried to navigate her newly shattered life after her sister was murdered by the police. The pacing of the story was great, and I felt myself flipping the pages faster and faster as the plot unfolded. Juliana Goodman is a new author to me, and when I saw the description of this book on Netgalley I just had to request it. I was so impressed when I found out that this is her debut novel. Her writing style is up there with Angie Thomas and Tiffany D Jackson! I felt my heart breaking for Beau as she tried to navigate her newly shattered life after her sister was murdered by the police. The pacing of the story was great, and I felt myself flipping the pages faster and faster as the plot unfolded. I can’t wait to read her next novel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Violet ♡

    I deeply feel like this is the story of the stages of grief at least the first few. It's beautiful and painful, lined with a dash of mystery. There are parts in this book so real and true that they heart, that my heart was aching so deeply I was disappointed by the world we live in. It's hard to run from, but this book wouldn't be the beauty that it was without the truth that lined these pages. I throughly enjoyed this one and I am so happy I was able to read it. I was so worried this book would I deeply feel like this is the story of the stages of grief at least the first few. It's beautiful and painful, lined with a dash of mystery. There are parts in this book so real and true that they heart, that my heart was aching so deeply I was disappointed by the world we live in. It's hard to run from, but this book wouldn't be the beauty that it was without the truth that lined these pages. I throughly enjoyed this one and I am so happy I was able to read it. I was so worried this book would just make me sad, but it was so beautiful in so many ways. I loved it in every aspect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    @fiercereads on Instagram made a wordsearch-style post with the idea that you add the first three book titles you see to your 2022 TBR! 'The Black Girls Left Standing' was the first I spotted, the others were 'Travelers Along the Way' and 'The Red Palace'. The latter two I'd heard of and were on my TBR already but I hadn't spotted this one yet so I'm very glad I stumbled across this post! @fiercereads on Instagram made a wordsearch-style post with the idea that you add the first three book titles you see to your 2022 TBR! 'The Black Girls Left Standing' was the first I spotted, the others were 'Travelers Along the Way' and 'The Red Palace'. The latter two I'd heard of and were on my TBR already but I hadn't spotted this one yet so I'm very glad I stumbled across this post!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyra

    Juliana Goodman's The Black Girls Left standing follows sixteen-year-old Beau following the murder of her sister, Katia, by an off-duty police officer. Beau wants to be an artist and leave Chicago, but right now, the only thing on her mind is that the officer who shot her older sister will get away with it. He accused Katia and her boyfriend of trying to break into her house, but her boyfriend, Jordan, ran off and no one has heard from him. Beau knows that her sister's killer won't be charged wi Juliana Goodman's The Black Girls Left standing follows sixteen-year-old Beau following the murder of her sister, Katia, by an off-duty police officer. Beau wants to be an artist and leave Chicago, but right now, the only thing on her mind is that the officer who shot her older sister will get away with it. He accused Katia and her boyfriend of trying to break into her house, but her boyfriend, Jordan, ran off and no one has heard from him. Beau knows that her sister's killer won't be charged without a witness, so she's determined to find Jordan and convince him to testify. She and a friend create an anonymous twitter account to collect tips, but it seems that Katia is quickly yesterday's news, Beau is receiving threats to quit her search, and her only source for tips may or may not be reliable. Goodman's writing is strong and she effectively gives each of her characters unique voices. The storyline was compelling and it was written from a relatable and necessary viewpoint. There were a couple of wonky things happening occasionally that pulled me out of the writing a little bit--clothing was described constantly and if there were three characters in a scene, each character's outfit was described in detail. This is helpful once or twice for important characters because clothing sets tone and identity--how people project themselves is so important to understanding who they are personally, socially, and culturally. But it was a little overdone and felt distracting at times. I also felt like there was a lot going on and readers weren't always given enough context--someone pulled a gun on someone else and I completely missed this scene until it was referenced later on (and I'm still unsure if the scene was actually written or if there was just so much happening that I was distracted), and sometimes characters were referred to without enough context and it takes a minute to figure out who is being referred to. All in all, it was a worthwhile and important read and one that I will absolutely add to my classroom bookshelves.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    #TheblackGirlsLeftStanding by @julianawroteit is what I finished on audio a few days ago. Many rhanks to @macmillan.audio for a chance to read and review. This story opens with 16 year old Beau grieving the loss of her older sister, murdered by police violence. Her sister Katia was on a porch in the middle of the night, and was shot dead by the policeman that lived there who claimed she and her boyfriend were attempting to break in. Not only is Beau's life left in tatters by the loss of her siste #TheblackGirlsLeftStanding by @julianawroteit is what I finished on audio a few days ago. Many rhanks to @macmillan.audio for a chance to read and review. This story opens with 16 year old Beau grieving the loss of her older sister, murdered by police violence. Her sister Katia was on a porch in the middle of the night, and was shot dead by the policeman that lived there who claimed she and her boyfriend were attempting to break in. Not only is Beau's life left in tatters by the loss of her sister, but the rage and disbelief of the story leads her down a dangerous path. This story doesnt wrap up in a pretty little bow; her sister is dead, and there is no justice. Her parents are fighting constantly, her family falling apart. This story is so much about not just the tragedy and how to find peace afterwards, but also about family dynamics, the realities of poverty, the dangers and spots of joy found in the projects, friendship, and forgiveness. This story really was spot on with how different people deal with grief, and all of the strange thoughts you have when people are gone, like where are they now? This shell of a body isnt HER. Why did this have to happen? This was YA but didnt read as YA, as these "kids" really didnt have much time to be kids, as it often goes when your parents are overwhelmed with grief themselves, or the other plights they suffer from. As bleak as this sounds, things do look up for Beau in interestingly fate-ish types of ways, that make you wonder how events are interconnected. Did X have to happen in order for Y&Z to occur? Makes you wonder. I enjoyed this so much, please give it a listen for well fleshed out characters, and a plot that keeps it moving, you wont want to put it down! #ya #policebrutality #theprojects #hopeintheprojects #intrasocialstatusfriendships #friends #copingwithdeath #copingwithpolicebrutality #policeBiasKills #BLM

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Ariel

    A well-read listen. I don’t know this world, and the characters I identify with at all are all on the margins. As they should be. I feel like in high school I sat at the table next to these girls at lunch. But in Saint Louis, not Chicago. I don’t know if I was ever in class with them. Maybe. Beau’s voice is loud. And clear. And compelling. She’s a flawed and well-developed character. She’s not always likes me, and her story is better for it. This author took the charge of not being gentle with y A well-read listen. I don’t know this world, and the characters I identify with at all are all on the margins. As they should be. I feel like in high school I sat at the table next to these girls at lunch. But in Saint Louis, not Chicago. I don’t know if I was ever in class with them. Maybe. Beau’s voice is loud. And clear. And compelling. She’s a flawed and well-developed character. She’s not always likes me, and her story is better for it. This author took the charge of not being gentle with your characters and took it up several notches. Beau’s life has almost nothing gentle in it. Not nothing gentle, but almost nothing. It’s a YA book so I’ll forgive the very American resolution at the end. Sure, it doesn’t make everything okay, but it still manages a very pretty and not super realistic bow tied with curly ribbon. It ends feeling like everything will be okay, when, of course, everything can’t be okay and yet we have to keep living and finding meaning in our lives anyway. Lots of swearing. Lots of the “n” word. Death. Shootings. Murder-by-cop. Gang violence. Implied non consensual/coercive sex. Drug use. Drug selling. Police violence. Racism. Classism. Teen pregnancy. Teen parenting. Child abandonment. Some awesome grown ups and parents and teachers. Some adults who cannot get it together and cannot take care of the kids and young people in their care. There isn’t anything easy about this book. And that’s exactly why people like me should read it. If we don’t know these girls, we should. And this book invites us to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. The Black Girls Left Standing caught my attention with its provocative title and eye-catching cover. Both perfectly encapsulate the vibes of what are to be found within the pages: one part hard-hitting contemporary interrogating anti-Black racist violence (in the vein of previous titles, like The Hate U Give), one part intriguing mystery. The structure of the book perfectly sums up th I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. The Black Girls Left Standing caught my attention with its provocative title and eye-catching cover. Both perfectly encapsulate the vibes of what are to be found within the pages: one part hard-hitting contemporary interrogating anti-Black racist violence (in the vein of previous titles, like The Hate U Give), one part intriguing mystery. The structure of the book perfectly sums up the journey Beau goes on, reckoning with her grief in the wake of Katia’s death and looking back to the times they shared together, while also being motivated to find answers and get justice for Katia and other Black women who have also been wrongfully killed. The past informs the present, and while sometimes flashbacks can slow a story down, the pacing remained brisk and kept me continually invested. Beau is a sympathetic lead, and an unfortunate example of how Black teens often have to grow up faster, especially when tragedy touches them and those with authority who did wrong aren’t held accountable for their transgressions against them. This is a strong debut, and I’m excited for what’s to come. If you enjoy hard-hitting YA contemporaries with a mystery thread, you might enjoy this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    vania vela

    my insta my tiktok my blog The Black Girls Left Standing is a portrayal of the impact of police brutality, showing the grief people go through and how family relationships are affected. Beau's sister Katia is murdered after being accused of breaking and entering, but Beau knows her sister. She would never do that. It was devastating to read how Beau handled her sister's death while having to act like an adult, repressing her childhood and adolescence. Juliana Goodman made a great debut, impressing my insta my tiktok my blog The Black Girls Left Standing is a portrayal of the impact of police brutality, showing the grief people go through and how family relationships are affected. Beau's sister Katia is murdered after being accused of breaking and entering, but Beau knows her sister. She would never do that. It was devastating to read how Beau handled her sister's death while having to act like an adult, repressing her childhood and adolescence. Juliana Goodman made a great debut, impressing me with her work. Her writing is emotional and painful, being a book with flawed characters and incredible flashbacks that explore Beau's relationship with her sister. This story keeps you hooked, showing us the reality behind the racism, police brutality and grief. I think it was a great ending. That said, The Black Girls Left Standing deserved to end better. Some of the characters should not have been forgotten as easily as they were. I highly recommend this book. tw: gun violence, racism, police brutality, death, drug use, mental illness, toxic friendship, sexual harassment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    4.5 stars rounded down. This is a wonderful and engaging contemporary, own voices, debut, YA novel. The reader is told an emotional story across a nonlinear timeline of the events leading up to, and following, the murder of the main character's sister. Our main character, Beau, is a young Black girl from Chicago who, while processing her grief, is also desperately trying to understand the circumstances surrounding the murder of her older sister, Katia, by local police. She and her friend find th 4.5 stars rounded down. This is a wonderful and engaging contemporary, own voices, debut, YA novel. The reader is told an emotional story across a nonlinear timeline of the events leading up to, and following, the murder of the main character's sister. Our main character, Beau, is a young Black girl from Chicago who, while processing her grief, is also desperately trying to understand the circumstances surrounding the murder of her older sister, Katia, by local police. She and her friend find themselves in more and more dangerous situations as Beau uncovers more about the events leading up to, and people involved in, her sister's murder. This well written story keeps you engaged throughout its entirety and tackles topics (without glossing over the painful reality of such topics) of grief, institutionalized racism, gentrification, SES, police brutality (including minors), gang violence, bullying, and coming of age. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Ariel Blake, via NetGalley. An advanced reader's copy of this audiobook was provided to me via NetGalley by Macmillan Audio in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Thank you Netgalley and MacMillan audio for this advance listener copy in exchange for my honest review. This was a great book. I loved the story and the characters, however, I was left wanting more. I don't know if there will be a sequel, but this book could use one. I'd like to see some of the plotlines tied up a bit better. This book reminded me a lot of The Hate U Give. Any readers who enjoyed that book/movie will definitely enjoy this book. It was a real glimpse into the world of a teenage b Thank you Netgalley and MacMillan audio for this advance listener copy in exchange for my honest review. This was a great book. I loved the story and the characters, however, I was left wanting more. I don't know if there will be a sequel, but this book could use one. I'd like to see some of the plotlines tied up a bit better. This book reminded me a lot of The Hate U Give. Any readers who enjoyed that book/movie will definitely enjoy this book. It was a real glimpse into the world of a teenage black girl living in the projects. I don't know much about living in the projects or being a black teenager, but this book felt authentic to me. Maybe others who have lived these circumstances would disagree, but as a poor white girl who grew up in a slummy apartment complex, I felt like I could relate to an extent (obviously not to the fullest extent). This is a powerful story and I'm glad I read it. It's definitely written as a YA novel and reads like that, but it was a really good story that adult readers will enjoy too. The audio was fantastic. One of the best narrators I've ever heard. She really brought Beau and her friends to life. Loved it. Four stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becca Thomas

    Beau’s sister Katia was killed by an off-duty police officer and she’s determined to clear Katia’s name and try to get justice for her. That means doing everything to find the one person who knows what happened that night, Katia’s boyfriend Jordan who has gone into hiding. As Beau follows a series of tips, she’s forced to confront all the ways the world she lives in is unfair and begins to question whether anyone in her life really understands. I really liked how this story wrapped up but it unfo Beau’s sister Katia was killed by an off-duty police officer and she’s determined to clear Katia’s name and try to get justice for her. That means doing everything to find the one person who knows what happened that night, Katia’s boyfriend Jordan who has gone into hiding. As Beau follows a series of tips, she’s forced to confront all the ways the world she lives in is unfair and begins to question whether anyone in her life really understands. I really liked how this story wrapped up but it unfortunately took me months to get to that part. For much of this novel it was way too easy to put it down between chapters. There was nothing that made me feel like I needed to know exactly what would happen next. A lot of middle just sort of felt like filler to me including the entire Champion storyline. I don’t think this was a poorly written story, just maybe not what I was personally looking for. This is probably still worth a read if the description sounds interesting to you. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caitie

    As I've said before, I really enjoy picking books up on a whim and really loving them! The Black Girls Left Standing is one of those books, it discusses important issues that young Black teens are facing in America. I am white, so I cannot speak for Black readers but for me personally, I found this book to be a touching tribute to sisterhood and how police violence (or any violence really) can run rampant in neighborhoods. We follow the story of a girl names Beau Willets, who's sister was killed As I've said before, I really enjoy picking books up on a whim and really loving them! The Black Girls Left Standing is one of those books, it discusses important issues that young Black teens are facing in America. I am white, so I cannot speak for Black readers but for me personally, I found this book to be a touching tribute to sisterhood and how police violence (or any violence really) can run rampant in neighborhoods. We follow the story of a girl names Beau Willets, who's sister was killed by a policeman while she was out with a friend. Beau and her family are now broken, her parents are fighting all the time and basically ignoring her. Beau wants justice, and feels like her family won't get it....so she takes things into her own hands, by starting a Twitter account using the voice of her sister Katia asking the public for justice instead. But things can get out of hand with bigger forces involved. Life can be scary for a person of color in America, especially teenage girls.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Char

    This book is so important especially now and the way this book discussed race, socioeconomic status, and other important subjects really impressed me. This book follows Beau as she uncovers the truth about her sister's death and I loved every moment of it. Juliana Goodman did a fantastic job of really making me understand and feel what Beau was going through and as a black woman with a black sister this book really did hit me hard and there were even moments where I felt myself get emotional whi This book is so important especially now and the way this book discussed race, socioeconomic status, and other important subjects really impressed me. This book follows Beau as she uncovers the truth about her sister's death and I loved every moment of it. Juliana Goodman did a fantastic job of really making me understand and feel what Beau was going through and as a black woman with a black sister this book really did hit me hard and there were even moments where I felt myself get emotional while reading. Although Beau was going through a very hard part of her life I liked that we also saw some aspects of her life that reminded us that she was a child such as her going through drama with friends and dealing with romantic feelings. At times I felt this book was a bit slow and I felt myself skimming through it but for the most part I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others to read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog

    I receive this book from the publisher through netgalley.com I am voluntarily leaving this review. I had to sit with this one for a minute. What a powerful book. As someone who just lost a twenty year old child to drugs less than a year ago this one hit home. The grief in this book is so powerful and raw it brought up a lot for me. I felt the characters emotions, understood why the mother couldn't get out of bed and the father who couldn't stay in the house. I understood Beau's need to clear her I receive this book from the publisher through netgalley.com I am voluntarily leaving this review. I had to sit with this one for a minute. What a powerful book. As someone who just lost a twenty year old child to drugs less than a year ago this one hit home. The grief in this book is so powerful and raw it brought up a lot for me. I felt the characters emotions, understood why the mother couldn't get out of bed and the father who couldn't stay in the house. I understood Beau's need to clear her sisters name, for Beau, she needed to know the why for closure. Unfortunately some of us don't get that but this was a book and it was so well done. So many topics were touched on in this book, race, economic inequality, privilege, its all there and its powerful. The narrator was fantastic and really brought me into the story. I sometimes forgot that it was an audio book I could see the story unfolding so vividly in my head.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Raw story about a young girls' struggles after her sister is killed by a policeman in company of her boyfriend, a known gang member. She works too clear her sisters name baccarat the policeman is let go and her sister is accused of being a drug dealer. Many ups and downs in her search show her parts of her sister she didn't really know; teach her what friendship is and who her real friends are; help her find out who she is and where she wants to go. Could've been a better read without so many F Raw story about a young girls' struggles after her sister is killed by a policeman in company of her boyfriend, a known gang member. She works too clear her sisters name baccarat the policeman is let go and her sister is accused of being a drug dealer. Many ups and downs in her search show her parts of her sister she didn't really know; teach her what friendship is and who her real friends are; help her find out who she is and where she wants to go. Could've been a better read without so many F words but overall it was a great read. Deep. Raw. I could relate to so much of her feelings of frustration, with the system, with so called friends betrayals, with real friendships going through trials. Great story. Great insights.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    The Black Girls Left Standing starts with the funeral of Katia Willet and tells the story of her younger sister Beau. As Beau navigates her mourning, it's clear that's not an easy task when racial injustice, socioeconomic disparity, and teenage drama doesn't pause for grief. Part true crime investigation, part finding your voice, and 100% rooted in the gray, complications of life. This powerful work of contemporary fiction doesn't follow a nice, neat tied-with-a-bow narrative. It's honest in the The Black Girls Left Standing starts with the funeral of Katia Willet and tells the story of her younger sister Beau. As Beau navigates her mourning, it's clear that's not an easy task when racial injustice, socioeconomic disparity, and teenage drama doesn't pause for grief. Part true crime investigation, part finding your voice, and 100% rooted in the gray, complications of life. This powerful work of contemporary fiction doesn't follow a nice, neat tied-with-a-bow narrative. It's honest in the way it approaches the often incomplete resolution that exists in this world. Audiobook notes: The audiobook is AMAZING! Beautiful, easy to follow narration.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a wonderful debut. Following Beau as she struggles through the aftermath of her sister being killed by an off-duty police officer. She navigates so many things - suddenly being an only child, not fully knowing what happened that night, judgment from others when Katia doesn't turn out to be "the perfect victim". This story is very of our world right now. It may spark necessary conversations in book clubs, amongst friends and family, and in society as a whole. The more people who read thi This was a wonderful debut. Following Beau as she struggles through the aftermath of her sister being killed by an off-duty police officer. She navigates so many things - suddenly being an only child, not fully knowing what happened that night, judgment from others when Katia doesn't turn out to be "the perfect victim". This story is very of our world right now. It may spark necessary conversations in book clubs, amongst friends and family, and in society as a whole. The more people who read this, the better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fatima

    Let me just say this cover is EVERYTHING!! I really enjoyed the way the author wrote this story. The transitions between the past and present were flawless. The characters were developed. Beau was resilient when it came to her sister’s death. I loved Sonnet and how she was there for Beau. The story went in depth on issues with race and police brutality. Thank you to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for the ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aalaiyah

    I initially saw this book on Booktok & the cover brought me on immediately (being a Chicagoan). This was a good quick read. I love the loyalty & dedication Beau has to her sister Katia no matter what. I also love that she received that same love from her friend Sonnet. I honestly feel like Deja didn’t deserve to be forgiven, but I can understand that being part of the healing process. A great read for a teen!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Enjaian

    I feel conflicted about this story. On the one hand, Goodman shines light on an all too real situation that many people find themselves in. She also describes grief in real, diverse ways. However, I never quite engaged with the main character but I understood why she acted the way that she did. The story, the plot, while different, feels so similar to several other books I have read recently. I never became fully invested but it's not a bad book. I feel conflicted about this story. On the one hand, Goodman shines light on an all too real situation that many people find themselves in. She also describes grief in real, diverse ways. However, I never quite engaged with the main character but I understood why she acted the way that she did. The story, the plot, while different, feels so similar to several other books I have read recently. I never became fully invested but it's not a bad book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Glasgow

    Beau is learning to deal with the loss of her sister Katia, who was shot by a cop in the middle of the night. The story is her trying to find answers in her own life, through those who knew Katia best and were with her that night. Easy read, but nothing too exciting to keep the reader intersted long term.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anyja

    2.0 writing was below par, characters were shoddy and one-dimensional, and the entire story reminded me of those really bad wattpad hood love stories i used to read in 6th grade. sorry y’all but at my CORE i am a hater! calling this a “mystery” would be a stretch because every plot “twist” was glaringly obvious.

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