Our Friendship Matters
by Kimberley B. Jones
Genre: YA Coming of Age/Social Justice
Release Date: 2020
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 that they had 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 injustice, when 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, put them to one side and learn to accept each other’s viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?
“Engaging and heartfelt, Our Friendship Matters opens and continues much needed discussions for young people and their families. Read and discuss!” – Mrs. Rita Williams-Garcia, NYT bestselling author, 2011 Newberry Honor Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Scott O’Dell Award, and PEN/Norma Klein Award winner.
As we pulled out of the driveway, Dad waved goodbye. I could picture the smile on his face once he walked into the house and noticed Mom was cooking lasagna.
“So, how is the public-school life at Eastview High?” I asked Ricardo. “Other than Chester beating your guys in sports.”
“Ya’ll just have better resources than us,” Ricardo said.
“How come we couldn’t just be good at what we do?”
“What! Anyway . . . Eastview is great, I guess, but we are dealing with some issues. It’s our senior year and I am just thinking about leaving this place.”
“Why would you want to leave?”
“Because I feel trapped in a box. Everywhere I go, I feel like a suspect.”
“A suspect, what makes you think that? You shouldn’t feel like that,” I said as my brow lifted from his response.
“Yeah, I know you wouldn’t understand because you go to this perfect private school and stay in this big, beautiful house.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“I’m sorry. Just drop me off at the next block. I got it from there.”
I pulled to the curb and, as Ricardo got out of the car, he leaned against the closed door—with half his body leaning over the window—and said, “Wake up and find out who you really are.”
I squinted my eyes, “Okay.” I drove off. Why would he say such a thing to me?
***About the Author***
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 her education to be used by writing children’s books. She wrote her first book in college for my children’s literature course. She has self-published several children books located on Amazon.
Currently, she branched off into writing fiction YA, NA, and A novels on issues in society. Kimberley loves writing and would not change it for nothing in this world. It’s how she expresses herself as an individual and to people who can’t share their words in a book. She is now representing Rhet Askew Publishing, a great and supportive publishing company. Kimberley is the author of “Our Friendship Matters,” soon to be released and so much more coming soon early July.
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