"Ride or Die" Book Review
Written by Janine Pipe
Published by Silver Shamrock Publishing
Written by James Newman
2021, 110 pages, Fiction
Released on June 14th, 2021
Ride or Die is the first solo work that I have read from James Newman and I am very happy to report that it is just as brilliant as his collaborations.
Coming-of-age is one of my preferred sub-genres, and it is true that we seldom see it done from a teenage girl’s perspective. It has been a long time since I fell into the category of teen and times they have a-changed, yet I still felt a connection. In short, they appear relatable and plausible – humour, warts and all.
Ride or Die is the tale of three teen girls, one of which learns that her beloved father is having an affair. Upon this discovery, she decides to exact revenge. You know, TP the *mistresses* house, a little graffiti, etc.
And then all hell breaks loose. I cannot tell you anything else without going into spoilers, as this is a novella and stuff happens pretty fast. It is a hell of a ride (pun intended).
I thoroughly enjoyed where it goes, it is unexpected and brutal and as with other works that I have read from Newman, has some heart-wrenching moments too.
My favourite thing about Newman’s voice has always been his characters. Whether you love them or hate them, he is able to evoke emotion and elicit a reaction. This is proven yet again in Ride or Die.
Yet another five-star read.
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