Review: We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

Title: We Are Not Like Them

Author: Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

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.

The Review

One of my favourite kinds of novel is one that makes me consider different perspectives. I love going into a novel with complete conviction of one point of view but then slowly as the story unfolds admitting to myself that I can actually see the other person’s perspective too. Jodi Picoult and Dani Atkins do this brilliantly and now I can add Christine Pride and Jo Piazza to this list because with their co-written novel We Are Not Like Them they have tackled a contentious issue and made you look at different perspectives.

We Are Not Like Them is the story of Riley and Jen – best friends since they were little, nothing not even distance has managed to break their friendship however when an incident happens in their neighbourhood that affects each of them in very different ways we begin to see how strong their relationship really is.

We Are Not Like Them looks at racism, police brutality, white privilege, family, and identity. It shows us the impact of crime upon the family of the victim and the family of the perpetrators. Pride and Piazza ask you to go with them on this journey of discovery and allow yourself to see things through other eyes.

I was worried when I read this novel that I would be disappointed in the ending. I didn’t know how I wanted it to end because I allowed myself to be guided by both characters’ stories but I had that lovely satisfied feeling that you can often get when you turn the final page of a really good book.

A must read!

We Are Not Like Them by Christina Pride and Jo Piazza is available now.

For more information regarding HQ (@HQStories) please visit www.hqstories.co.uk.

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