Spotlight on Our Friendship Matters (Kimberley B Jones), Plus Guest Post!
Today we're excited to spotlight Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B Jones.
Read on for more about Kimberley and her book, an guest post!
Meet Kimberley B Jones!
Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters.
When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing , it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don't want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.
Meet Our Friendship Matters!
Leah and Sasha are 17-year-old friends who had been close to one another since elementary school, but as the summer approaches they find their friendship tested in ways they never anticipated.
Following graduation, Sasha’s privileged life and perception of the world around her is suddenly altered when an old childhood friend persuades her to join in a campaign against an injustice after his best friend is killed by a cop.
But joining the protest has unforeseen consequences for Sasha, distancing her from Leah, who becomes jealous of Sasha’s new friends and finds herself on the opposing side, protesting alongside her group of new white friends.
As the tension mounts between the two bitterly opposed factions, a tragedy strikes and threatens to make Sasha and Leah enemies. Can they find a way to resolve their differences, putting them to the side and learn to accept each other’s viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?
~ Guest Post ~
Steps for biracial friendships to succeed during today’s issues by Kimberley B. Jones
Believe it or not, some teenagers battle with biracial friendship and can’t express themselves. They struggle to approach their friends of color or ask parents who have different views for people with different backgrounds. So, what can they do? Take control of their friendship before it gets to be a problem by becoming aware of their culture.
Step 1: Read articles, books, or research your friends’ culture to educate yourself of their background.
Little do we know about friends from hanging around them, we lack knowledge about their culture. For instance, many Asians take off their shoes before entering a home. We as Americans walk in the house with our shoes on. I kind of hate it myself when my husband stumps his feet at the door. For an Asian family it is to respect their ancestors or keeping their floor cleans by not tracking dirt into their homes. It is a sign of respect.
Step 2: Ask questions. Ask how your friend who is an African American feels about police brutality.
To keep a connection between you and your friend is to be upfront and ask how they feel about the police brutality amongst their culture. You will likely get an honest answer. It’s an honest answer because it’s a feeling that they have and one thing you can’t do is change a person’s feelings. This has been an issue for decades and most people of color are tired. Tired of fearing for children, teenagers, and loved ones killed amongst the hands of police officers.
The most effective response for someone with privilege is to ask your friend, “what can I do to help you?”
Step 3: Understand each other’s views.
No matter who you are and how you became friends from the same interests you share, there is that one difference that you don’t share. Your best friend likes bananas, and you hate bananas. Understand that people are going to have dissimilar views on certain subjects. No matter, how many times you try to persuade them. There are some things we want to change, but we can’t. All you can do is convey to them how you feel as a friend of color. In reality, you may lose friendships, but if they choose not to be your friend, maybe it was for the best. If the friendship is valued and appreciated, there’s a future for the friendship.
“By teaching teenagers how to deal with biracial relationships, is protecting them throughout a lifetime of upcoming issues.”
Our Friendship Matters
By: Kimberley B Jones
Release Date: October 5th, 2020