#BookReview – We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

The Blurb

Not every story is black and white.

Riley and Jen have been best friends since they were children, and they thought their bond was unbreakable. It never mattered to them that Riley is black and Jen is white. And then Jen’s husband, a Philadelphia police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and everything changes in an instant.

This one act could destroy more than just Riley and Jen’s friendship. As their community takes sides, so must Jen and Riley, and for the first time in their lives the lifelong friends find themselves on opposing sides.

But can anyone win a fight like this?

We Are Not Like Them is about friendship and love. It’s about prejudice and betrayal. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, no matter the cost.

My Thoughts

This is most certainly a very current book that highlights all that the Black Lives Matter movement stands for. It is insightful and packed with so many themes that will promote some very intense discussions, making it an excellent Book Club choice.

Being co-authored is what makes ‘We Are Not Like Them’ so successful. Hearing the story from two different perspectives gave it so much more depth and meaning. I wasn’t quite sure how well the story would flow being written by two people, but it worked really well and both authors should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. Their different styles work well together and the book flows naturally.

There were a couple of aspects of the story that I found it difficult to relate to, one of which is that Jen seems very naive to the whole race issue and appears to be oblivious to the struggles of her so -called best friend, something that struck me as odd and not very plausible. In addition, Riley’s relationship was hindered because of an incident with her younger brother that is revealed near the end of the book. In my opinion, the incident was made into a very big event and I was surprised at how small and insignificant it was, it was a bit of an anti-climax.

Overall, this is an excellent read and I very much enjoyed it!

Buy your copy now…

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