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Publisher's Summary

The most important novel you’ll listen to this year 

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. 

©2021 Christine Pride and Jo Piazza (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A tough but necessary read as it seeks to find meaning for all affected by the tragedy it depicts…a powerful debut." (Andi Osho, actress and author of Asking for a Friend)

"Books have the power to make changes, start conversations - this is one of those books. Powerful, authentic and relevant, this brilliantly written story will stay with me, always." (Louise Jensen, best-selling author of The Family)

"I haven't read a more gripping, socially relevant or prescient book for as long as I can remember. Everyone needs to read this book and it should be on the syllabus of every school." (Josie Lloyd, author of The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club)

"An absolute must-read for your book clubs for debate and discussion." (Nina Pottell, Prima)

"A powerful story about friendship, race, love, forgiveness, and justice - and the stunning ways they intersect.... Empathetic, riveting, and authentic." (Laura Dave, best-selling author of The Last Thing He Told Me)

"One of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year.... A brilliant novel from Christine Pride and Jo Piazza capturing today’s complex issues of race and class." (Hello!)

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This book was narrated very well. The topic of the story is current and realistic.

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Excellent book about modern issues of race.

Loved it. This book gets to the very issue of cop brutality and needles dying of young black kid's and the struggle of white people to understand white privilege.

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Well told with different voices

This was an interesting topic. I enjoyed hearing the multiple perspectives. Having different narrators helped keep the voices easy to follow. I liked the back and forth adding depth to the issues. I also felt connected to both protagonists and their story. Great book to discuss in a book club.

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Such a current story.

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I related to church life, and the characters a must read Black and White folks

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Absolutely reflective of hate which while depressing never out weighs God''s love for us...