This book is about Leah and Sasha and the tests their friendship endures during a critical time in America.
Since they can remember, Sasha and Leah have been best friends, even made a blood-pact when they were younger, establishing themselves as blood sisters. They both come from well-off parents, drive the best cars, and attend the same private school, Chester Christian Academy.
Sasha is African-American, and Leah is Caucasian. Sasha is an over-achiever and an all-round nice girl. Leah is a snob, stuck-up, and a little mean, but she’s fiercely protective over Sasha.
A tragedy struck their town; a white cop killed a black teen. The teen looked like a potential suspect and got shot down for it. This event was the beginning of a long string of protests and vandalism within the community.
Sasha meets a new group of friends, like her, and she decides to join them in the BLM movement. Leah became jealous of Sasha’s new friends and lashed out.
“Black and white males get killed every day, but do you see me hanging around wanting to ask questions or get involved with that? The world has changed, and racism doesn’t exist. It’s not the eighteen-hundreds anymore. Black people get paid for their work now. And if they can’t march for all races, then there is no need to march at all.”Leah, Our Friendship Matters
Leah could never understand or the see-through world as Sasha sees it, and vice versa. Sasha can’t expect Leah to understand something that she has never gone through, just as Leah needs to realize that Sasha will never live as she does, no matter how much money she has.
Sasha and her group of friends soon realize that making a difference doesn’t mean destroying homes. Leah apologizes to Sasha and Sasha to Leah. Leah admits to being wrong about not asking how Sasha felt, and Sasha admits she should have invited Leah to join her instead of assuming she didn’t care. They work to rebuild their friendship.
You guys aren’t always going to agree on the same things but, if the friendship is worth it, then you will come to an understanding and tolerate each others decision.Sasha’s dad, Our Friendship Matters
This book was an excellent insight into how the actions of others affect someone else. If we take the time to listen to one another, stop turning a blind eye, and start understanding, we can begin to see change and real change.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review