"Ride or Die" Book Review

Written by Janine Pipe

Published by Silver Shamrock Publishing

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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.


Overall: 5 Star Rating Cover
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Janine Pipe
Staff Reviewer
Janine has enjoyed horror from an early age, frightening herself with ghost stories and learning the craft from Stephen King. After trading in a police badge and an apple for the teach (ing assistant) er, she decided to try her hand at something she loved – writing her own scary stuff. She has many terrifying tales published and has been nominated for a 2020 Splatterpunk Award. She hopes her mum never reads a certain story about a hole in a tree … As well as reading and writing, she is an editor and publicist for Kandisha Press with her BFF Jill, where she is always on the lookout for new women’s voices for their anthologies. Her favourite authors and influences are quite obvious when you read her work. But she’d like to remind you they are: Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea and Tim Meyer. When not writing, reading or reviewing, Janine can be found at home with her husband and daughter, planning their next trip to Walt Disney World and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
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