My first book of 2023..... I only read 39 books last year. I hope to surpass that this year.
Jen and Riley of Philadelphia have been best friends since kindergarten. They were more like sisters than friends. But there's one thing that's different, their race. One's Black, Riley, and the other, Jen is white. I know, I know not everything is a race issue, but in reality, it is. Jen was welcomed into Rileys family. She stayed the night and spent holidays with her. Rileys grandma showed her famous bread recipe. Fast forward, the girls grow up. Jen marries a police officer and is finally pregnant after multiple tries. Riley became a tv journalist, one of the 1st Black female anchors.
Their friendship and bond get tested when Jens husband, a police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Jen, pregnant and left alone to deal with the aftermath. She didn't realize that she had and used the same mocroafgressioms and racial ideations as others. She used the statement, " I can't be racist,my best friend is Black. Ughhhhhh. It's so exhausting. I just want it to stop. Y'all do know that, isn't it. Slave owners loved their slaves, they slept with them, and they had children...
I digress. Rileys wool over her eyes was lifted. She began to wrestle with the implications of Jens' husband's actions on her Black community, her friendship, and her ambitions. Especially when they want her to cover the story at her job.
We Are Not Like Them is a reality, a much-needed conversation starter, and a testament of the enduring power of friendship. #Book1of2023 #BookWorm #WhatsNext
I was not a fan of this book. While this book describes the cure climate between race and law enforcement, I was looking for educational solutions to a problem. I was disappointed.
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