I received a copy of Our Friendship Matters in exchange for my honest review.
All opinions are, of course, my own. I’d like to thank YA Bound Book Tours for including me on this tour.
Our Friendship Matters
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 in early July.
Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Publisher: Rhetaskew Publishing
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?
My Thoughts & Takeaways
Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B. Jones is an easy, relevant coming of age story that addresses many important social issues. Through the friendship of Sash and Leah, we explore the teenager life and all that comes with it, but when Sasha joins a group to protest violence against Black people, it starts to put a strain on their relationship.
I felt a bit annoyed with girls, especially in the beginning, but then I realized I was probably this annoying in high school too. I appreciate the author could pull out those realistic reactions.
If you want a “light” read regarding today’s major issues, this is a great option!