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Our Friendship Matters


OUR FRIENDSHIP MATTERS

Kimberley B. Jones
Rhetoric Askew Publishing, LLC
YA

Two teenage friends, Sasha and Leah, live a comfortable life in the affluent St. Louis suburbs. They attend a well-established private Christian academy and the only thing on their mind as they enter their senior year is graduation and their senior prom. When tragedy strikes, however, the best friends are torn apart because of social tensions, ignorance, miscommunications, and fear.

Our Friendship Matters reveals a fictional story mirroring real-life cultural tensions and racial injustice – a young black boy, Mitchell, is mistaken for someone else and tragically killed by police. Tensions rise among the community, citizens are angry. One night, while Sasha is out, she sees her old childhood friend protesting the death of Mitchell. Curious about him and wondering if there is anything, she could do to become involved, Sasha talks to her friends about it. Sasha’s white friends are not interested in getting involved and her parents forbid her from taking part. Sasha’s makes a momentous decision to go against all the advice she is given and joins her old friends in protest. The fight for justice in Mitchell’s name causes a rift in her relationships.

An argument with Leah drives a wedge between them and leads Leah to take the opposite viewpoint, taking sides with those who are supporting different viewpoints, while Sasha’s boyfriend is jealous of the time she is spending with her old friends, he breaks off their relationship. The girlfriends, one black and one white, are unaware of an escalating war between the groups they support, and chaos and fear continue—lines are drawn and sides are chosen.

Our Friendship Matters is a beautifully thoughtful coming-of-age story about two friends who are forced to take a deeper look at their culture through different angles. The easy-to-read story is full of drama, well-rounded characters and a positive narrative that will engage readers of all ages

 

 



As I pulled up into Ricardo’s driveway, Victoria and two other girls who attended Eastview were standing there holding signs that said, “Justice for Mitchell.” I was sweating more than ever. Scared of both the police and the girls I didn’t even know who were going to be getting into my car.

“I didn’t know you were doing signs. I would’ve made me one.”

Ricardo and some guys were busy placing things in the car’s trunk.

“Are you okay? The time is now,” said Ricardo.

“I’m ready but a little nervous, too.”

“You shouldn’t be nervous. All we are going to do is go downtown and making a statement that we want justice. Once we are done, we’ll come back home. I won’t let anything happen to you but, if something breaks out, I need you to look for Victoria and get in your car and go home. And if something happens to me, I need you to look for Victoria then go to my house and warn my peeps.”

As the girls got into my car, Victoria told me I could march, and chant the same thing they were planning on saying.

I was missing Leah. This could have been a positive moment that we could’ve shared together. I was still hoping she would come to her senses and realize that our fight from our disagreement was all crazy.

We arrived downtown, and I parked in the garage.

“Why didn’t you park on the streets?” Victoria said.

“My parents always told me to park in the garage so nothing would happen to my car.”

She laughed at me and said, “Well, you are driving a Mercedes. I would do the same if I had an expensive car.”








 

 

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Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters. When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing, it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don’t want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.






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Holly For President

Holly For President

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Holly For President

Book Review: Holly For President – Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 9

Holly For President is a YA book written by Dianne Harman. Dianne is a USA Today Bestselling Author. The book comes in paperback or Kindle, and you can purchase it at Amazon. This book features the main character, Holly Lewis.

Holly lives a busy life with high school and working at the bookstore. Her friends convince her to run for Junior Class President. She is not too sure about it, but goes along with the plan.

Soon after she becomes a candidate, strange things start to happen. She becomes the victim of bullying that gets progressively worse each day. The bully really attacks her in front of everyone in school, humiliating her with their rude attacks.

Holly goes through many emotions and her family and friends encourage her throughout this time. She has to face so much pain and also has to deal with her inner pain from her mother’s death.

This is an enjoyable book and you’ll want to cheer Holly on when you read this. If you like feel-good YA books, Holly For President will be on your Want to Read list. I recommend it, especially now with the rampant bullying problem in our country and schools.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Follow The Dawn

Follow the Dawn Feature

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Follow the Dawn

Follow The Dawn by Rachelle Rea Cobb was published in 2020. This is a work of historical fiction, and set in the time of the summer of 1566. One of the main characters is Tudder who captained a ship fighting in the Dutch Revolution.

The battles between the Protestants and Catholics is not the theme of the story, but is definitely a sub-theme running through the book. This group of characters were Protestants who followed Luther’s teachings of the Reformation. Their faith in God becomes more and more obvious as the book progresses.

The main character, Lady Anna Emory, is the daughter of a powerful Catholic. Her father is unloving and abusive. Anna is a fearful and painfully shy young lady. Just as her sister, she escaped her father’s grasp. They had both been promised to older Catholic men, who fit into their father’s plan.

The book’s chapters alternate between Anna’s voice and Tudder’s. The book contains many of the phrases and terms that would have been common in 1566. The language is beautiful and not a fluffy, easy read. Although the book is a Young Adult choice, I enjoyed reading it (even if I did guess the plot’s direction).

It’s a story of redemption, love, and grace. It is a romance book, but totally wholesome and fine for a young person to read. It’s not overtly religious, but makes it clear how the characters turned to God for the needs in their lives. It also demonstrated how a group of believers can support each other when they are in a time of political sensitivity.

I highly recommend the book, and am now an admirer of the author.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman