Ride or Die

Ride or Die

by Solomon Jones
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Ride or Die 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ProfessorDiva More than 1 year ago
The plot was just o.k. The ending was blah...not enough redemption in the book....I hope there is a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome, one that pulled me by the tittle. THis is a book where it has many twists and turns where the good guy can be the bad. A story of Keisha and Jamals love. A urban romeo and juliet on the run. Where they leave there family and life for each other. They trully ride or die all for love. I read it in 1 day so read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I read was Ride or Die by Solomon Jones. I chose this book because the title was fascinating. The title made me bring up the image of ¿street life¿. Street life indicates the life that is related with crime, murder, or drug selling. This novel is about that sort of people. There are 2 main characters Keisha and Jamal. Keisha is the daughter of a preacher. Jamal is the son of a guy named Frank who is known as ¿Lord of Drugs¿ in North Philadelphia. They love each other but they are not supposed to because their families have been feuding for many years. This setting reminds me Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are not supposed to love each other but they fall in love. So they rather die than break up their relationship. In this story, Keisha runs away with him in spite of family feud because they love each other. The story starts from Keisha and Jamal¿s conflict. The conflict is that Jamal reveals that his father is Frank. They have been meeting about 5 years, but Keisha has never perceived that Frank is his father. Keisha knows that her family and Jamal¿s family are undergoing family feud. The family feud is the major conflict in this story and every conflict are derived from it. The feud stared from Keisha¿s grandfather¿s death. Her grandfather was the boss and her father John was supposed to inherit the business but he died suddenly and his death laid a lot of doubts. John suspected Frank that Frank had killed his father because Frank gained his power and took over North Philadelphia as soon as the boss had died. The boss loved Frank as much as his own son John and Frank knew that. John¿s misunderstanding bred family feud. The feud lasts more than 20 years and the story begins. The narrator of this book is omniscient. The author puts himself in each character¿s shoes and he explains everything like their emotions or what¿s in their mind. I prefer omniscient narrator to first person because I can get better understanding and sometimes the author tells me about what I can¿t predict. I think first person narrator cannot write this book because 6 major characters in the story do their own jobs at different places. All of those events are related and must be told. First person narrator is confined so there will be trouble to tell this story. If first person narrator wrote it, the story would be totally different. This story contains ¿reversal of the story.¿ It means the whole pattern of the story is changed in one moment. In other words, the story is designed to make you deviate from your expectation. ¿Reversal of the story¿ in this book is pretty similar to the movie ¿Wild Things.¿ In the movie, a high school counselor is accused of statutory (student) rape but he wins the lawsuit and he receives huge amount of compensation because the student, the counselors and some other characters plotted the accusation. Finally, one of the characters who I didn¿t expect eliminates others and obtains the money. The predictions I set up while reading this book were on the wrong track. It left me with a sense of futility. I recommend this book to someone who likes suspense or who is curious abut the ¿reversed¿ ending. Otherwise I don¿t want to recommend because while I was reading this book, I felt that the author improvised the book. I mean I think he didn¿t take much effort on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keisha is the daughter of a prominent North Philly pastor, Jamal is the son of a local drug Street figure. Keisha and Jamal have loved each other since they met on a playground when they were kids. The game of cat and mouse begins when Jamal¿s father attempts to use his son as a hit man to kidnap and kill the pastor¿s daughter. During an anti-drug rally, a city official winds up shot to death and Jamal becomes the primary suspect. He and Keisha then become unwitting fugitives in a race against time, managing to stay one step ahead of the police as Jamal attempts to clear his name. Solomon Jones takes his readers on a roller coaster ride, probing into the depths of crack houses, prostitution, addiction and despair. Yet in spite of the bleak scenarios that he has painted cleverly using Philadelphia as his backdrop, he has created characters that are believable ¿ characters that you can both empathize with and loathe simultaneously. ¿Ride or Die¿ take the darker side of Philly and thrusts it into the streetlight of reality. This is a modern day love story with as many twists and turns as there are pages, coming to an unpredictable conclusion. This book is definitely worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD, AND IT KEEPS YOU GUESSING. ITTRULLY IS A MUST READ FOR ALL THE BOOK LOVERS...I WOULD RECCOMEND IT ANYDAY
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon Jones, a phenomenal author. 'Ride or Die' had me wishing for more. I would have liked to see some favorable legal absolution (although they weren't totally guilt free) for Jamal and Keisha, but aside from that it was a well written, excellent story that I would strongly recommend. I've read other books (The Bridge and Pipe Dreams) by Solomon and they all make the characters come alive to the point where you can truly empathize with their struggles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book finally a ghetto happily ever after book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just like to say what a wonderful book. It had me on my toes the whole time. I couldnt keep my head out of it. I'm glad I finally found a urban Happily Ever After ending book. Solomon Jones this was a Great Read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the title says, he's at it again. With this book, the author shows his versatility and why, in my opinion, should be mentioned among other terrific African-American authors. He tells the story once again from the streets of Philly, but this time, it is two families going at it, with the main characters being the young kids from each family. He does a tremendous job going from sequence to sequence, just like in Pipe Dream and the Bridge, and once you think you have the story figured out, there is another curveball he throws at the reader. He brings back Detective Lynch from the Bridge as one of the main characters in the pursuit for justice. You can tell the story is truly authentic, and its almost as if you can sit down in the story and watch as it goes along, like you would watch a great movie. All in all, it's another must-read from arguably the most under-the-radar author in the game right now.