by Kimberley B. Jones
GENRE: Young Adult
Leah and Sasha are 17-year-old friends who had been close to one another since elementary school, but as the summer approaches they find their friendship tested in ways they never anticipated.
Following graduation, Sasha’s privileged life and perception of the world around her is suddenly altered when an old childhood friend persuades her to join in a campaign against an injustice after his best friend is killed by a cop.
But joining the protest has unforeseen consequences for Sasha, distancing her from Leah, who becomes jealous of Sasha’s new friends and finds herself on the opposing side, protesting alongside her group of new white friends.
As the tension mounts between the two bitterly opposed factions, a tragedy strikes and threatens to make Sasha and Leah enemies. Can they find a way to resolve their differences, putting them to the side and learn to accept each other’s viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?
EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):
“No, not really. But, during this trip, we are supposed to hash out our problems. Even after all she did to me, I put all that aside and made myself willing to be there for her.”
“You are a good person, a good friend, and maybe she didn’t realize it until she really needed you. Some people have to learn things the hard way.”
“How did she learn anything?”
“Well, her jealousy of you having other friends drove her to make you jealous. What she did was wrong. When things got tough for her, she needed you because the people she used now turned on her. It took someone getting seriously hurt for her to be threatened and scared to come to her senses. Trust me, she is regretting everything she did to you.”
“Yes, but she could have joined me and protested with me and all of that would have been avoided.”
“But did you say that to her? Did you try to involve her with your decisions? This entire time you were too busy trying to find out everything for yourself by disobeying your father and I. You didn’t care about your friendship with others or how it could affect them.”
I had to agree with her because she was right. I was too involved with protesting and learning about African American boys being killed by cops instead of considering how my white best friend would feel. I owed her an apology for that. I would’ve felt the same if her shoes were on my feet. Still, it didn’t excuse her retaliation. I wouldn’t have gone to the extreme like she did.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kimberley is a professional early childhood educator. She was born in the small town of Saint George, South Carolina, on September 12, 1982. Graduated from Woodland High School in 2000, Benedict College in 2004 with B.S., Child & Family Development, and from Ashford University in 2013 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education.
After receiving her education and being a military spouse, she held several jobs as a preschool teacher and a preschool director, but she wanted to her education to use by writing children’s books. She wrote her first book in college for her children’s literature course. She has self-published several children books on Amazon.
Currently, she is branching off into writing fiction YA, NA, and A novels on issues in society. She loves writing and would not change it for nothing in this world She is now published by Rhetoric Askew. Kimberley is the author of Our Friendship Matters.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
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