Down To Ride

Jakayla Gabrielle

Young Adult

Historical Fiction

2020

FRIEND (noun)
-A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.

Before the fall of 1999, Siobhan, Carmen and Tremaine didn't know the first thing about being or having real friends. Between dysfunctional home lives, daily struggles of making ends meet, and the uncertainty of life after high school, this group of misfits forms an unlikely bond in hopes of making it through their senior year with their sanity intact.

As the new guy in town, Louisiana native and reformed bad boy, Tremaine Johnson, wants nothing more than to keep a low-profile at his new school in Los Angeles. After latching onto Siobhan on his first day, Tremaine begins to discover a different side of life--one that doesn't involve selling drugs and being the man of the house, but instead being a kid and making mistakes his uncle wishes he wouldn't.

When Siobhan and Carmen are unexpectedly thrust into one anothers' lives following a series of unfortunate events, they must learn how to coexist and keep history from repeating itself as an unsettled feud between their mothers comes to a head, in the midst of dealing with relationship issues and personal traumas that they've never shared with anyone else.

Down to Ride is a triumphant coming-of-age story that explores what it means to be a friend when you're going through your own storm.

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