Sunday, October 11, 2020

VBT# Our Friendship Matters - Kimberley B. Jones

Our Friendship Matters

Review: Our Friendship Matters - Kimberley B. Jones - October 2020

With the current state of BLM aka #BlackLivesMatter movement and the whole world going through a state of racism between whites and blacks. Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B.Jones was one of those books that were published at the right time and focuses on the different movements and racism. Sasha, though African-American herself, with her parents wealthy - they decided to send her to a private school called Chester rather than the public school Eastview that her childhood friends and some neighbors attend. At school, she is best friends with another wealthy girl who acts snobbish and wealth is important to her - Leah, she is also white. Similar to Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give this book starts with Sasha giving her childhood friend Ricardo a ride and then seeing him participating in a protest for #JusticeforMitchell. Sasha decides to do some research and learns he was shot by a white policeman and he wasn't doing anything wrong, just walking home. As she delves deeper and learns more, she is shocked at the statistics and decides that something needs to be done and starts spending more time with Ricardo and his friends. However, her private school friends who are mainly white don't understand and soon she finds herself on the other side of the fence and drifting apart from her school friends. What will happen though when Leah - her best friend decides to join a group aimed at white supremacy? When a tragedy occurs, can the friends make their way back to one another or will this tear them further apart?
Find out in this Black/White High School Friendship novel with a hint of Social Justice and Activism in Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B. Jones. Fans of Angie Thomas's THUG will love this book as it talks about a lot of the same issues and speaking up for what is right, no matter the consequences as sometimes for something to change, we need to voice our opinions- no matter what.

Amazon Link : https://amzn.to/2Ij9RAU

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