This movie is talking about a serious message, yet some people are complaining about the actress being light skin. In fairness I've never read the book, but apparently no one is sure what Star looks like. On the cover it's a dark-skinned girl, but some say she was light others say dark. Black is black no matter what shade you are. I'm sure this pointless topic all started when black family comedies replaced a dark-skinned actress with a light-skinned one. I found that annoying myself as well, but this movie shouldn't be judged on whether the girls skin is too light. Being black isn't about the shade of your skin or where you live or how you talk. It's about being who you are.