We Are Not Like Them
By Christine Pride and Jo Piazza
We Are Not Like Them deals with current issues surrounding race and friendships in a powerful book. It may be thought-provoking for many and certainly good for book clubs. Discover the blurb and review below. Thanks to HQ for gifting me the book.
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.
We Are Not Like Them is set in the USA. It is incredibly current and reflects what is still part of USA domestic affairs reported across the main news channels worldwide.
The main protagonists are Riley – a black woman who is a reporter and Jen – a white woman who is the wife of a police officer who just happens to pull a gun on a black unarmed teenager.
Riley and Jen have been friends for many years, but this incident causes much heightened tension in the community in-which they live and between each other as they need to pick sides to be on. Their bonds that seemed so strong, strong enough to last a lifetime are put to the test in a way neither had ever imagined. What ensues is even more complex, hence the by-line highlighting that not everything is black and white. There are nuances as well as different perspectives on this one incident, which demonstrates just how involving such a matter can become and the explosive effects it can have on those not directly involved and directly involved. It shows how not everything is as clear-cut as first assumed.
It’s one I’m sure will have many people discussing and would be suitable for book clubs as well as of course reading it alone.