How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
One afternoon Tina's older brother went to get her a Snickers, along with some snacks for himself. He didn't come back home. What happened between when he left his front door and when the police arrived was observed by a lot of different people. Did Tariq start a fight over a girl? Did he steal from the local convenience store? Did he have a gun? Was he in a gang? The local news quickly thinks they know what happened and who Tariq was. Take a moment to listen to the people who were there and the people who knew Tariq, the truth becomes something else entirely.
This was one of TATAL's best books of 2014 and there are plent of reasons for that. It is a book that you know is going to be hard to read, but is still impossible to put down. Everyone here has a story and as they tell it you begin to see the whole in the world that was left behind by Tariq. If you've lost a friend or a family member, you know that there is your version of who that person was as well as the many many versions of him or her that other people knew. This book does the best job of portraying that of any YA I can think of. Not only that, but it's a book that will leave you charged up and angry about how things happened, but glad you spent the time reading about them.
It's powerful, intense and completely unmissable.