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She Rides Shotgun

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,698 ratings  ·  783 reviews
A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows—her father.

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her fro
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Ecco
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Elizabeth it takes place in & around different parts of southern california (the last scene is set in stockton).
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WOW!! I want to get more creative than that right now but.... Wow!

I just finished this book and I am almost at a loss for words.

What a ride. What a read.....Seriously.

After reading the description of this book, I knew it was one I just had to read. Thankfully I was able to get my hands on a copy. I read it in two sittings. I was hooked from page one. This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions that left me b
He could have laughed at how fucked up life was. That soon as you found something to live for, you found something to die for too. But he guessed in the end it was a good trade.

it's "take your daughter on the lam day"!

this book is damn good. ridiculously good. i knew it would be - i loved his book of stories, Love and Other Wounds: Stories, and there are so few short story collections i like in their entirety that when i find one, i know i'm gonna have to read everything that author ever writes.

this dude is definitely in
The Coen Brothers need to adapt this book to film like yesterday! ...but in the meantime, read it! It's Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, it's dark and innocent and corrupt and redemptive. It's full of contradictions that make you forget the line that divides the good and the bad. I loved it!

My favorite quote:
"The best thing you could do in this world was find the thing that jolted you the moquote:
She wore a loser's slumped shoulders and hid her face with her hair, but the girl had gunfighter eyes... Gunfighter eyes just like her dad, her mom would tell her...

A raw, grim, dark but also strangely poetic story of a father and a daughter (and a bear ;-)) on the run, with a death penalty on their heads by a gang controlled by their leader in prison: Aryan Steel. First they run, then they decide to fight the bad guys...and they do it together. Without any sort of chance... it seems. Fightin
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Nate McClusky kills Crazy Craig Hollington's brother while he is in prison. Crazy Craig is the president of the prison gang known as Aryan Steel, which made him the president of all the dirty white boys in California. His skin told his history in tattoos and knife scars. Crazy Craig found out that Nate killed his brother. On the night that Nate was released from prison he found out that Crazy Craig had issued naming him a dead man along with his Ex and his daughter Polly. When he gets to their h ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulpy novel about a recently released man who must save his daughter after a death warrant is issued for him and his girl by an aryan gang leader. Lots of action. Gritty. Polly is well-written. At several points, the writing becomes too enamored with itself but this was a fun, bloody, read.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

I may have almost cried when I finished this book. If I had a heart I probably would have. Not because it's heart wrenchingly sad (It is in parts) but just because it is so damn good.

There is a little mini rant I have to get off my chest before I even talk about the book.

Why has no one snatched this book up and promoted the heck outta it? Why is it not being made into the best movie of the year? Everyone talks about their books being the next "Gone Stupid Girl" or that tedious "Girl on the Train-that
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper is a 2017 Simon & Schuster publication.

Steel forever, Forever Steel

This is the creed of the Ayran Steel white supremacist gang, which is run out of a prison cell by Crazy Craig Hollington, whose power and reach seemingly has no bounds.

So, when Nate, kills Craig’s brother, he is tipped off, right before his prison release, that Crazy Craig has fingered him, and has sent out orders to exact his revenge. It’s too late for Nate’s ex-gir
Diane S ☔
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not too long ago I read another book with a plot somewhat similar to this novel. A criminal father raising his daughter alone, after his wife was killed. I had a huge problem with that novel and the parenting within, so why then did I love this one? In the first book the father had a choice, he could have left his daughter to be raised by her grandmother, in this Nate has no choice. There is no one else, nowhere he could leave her where she was safe, and everything that follows is to try to ensu ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa what a ride. Felt like it was me in the passenger side.

This is a gritty, violent crime infested read fast paced read. Polly is 11- her mother and father in law have just been murdered. Her dad, just released from prison, picks her up from school and they are now on the run. Prison gang slugs out to get them as the bounty prize for someone killed on the inside.

Great rhythm, good character development and some nasty characters and scenes.
One pet peeve I had -as i
Joe Valdez
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-crime
She Rides Shotgun is what a novel looks like when the student has mastered Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing. Leonard not only left a literary legacy of bandits like Ordell Robbie in Rum Punch and lawmen like Raylan Givens in Pronto or Karen Sisco in Out of Sight, but advised writers of tips he'd picked up in the trade. My favorite is:"Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip." If Jordan Harper (male, born and educated in Missouri, based in Los Angeles) has never read Leonard's work, he could've fooled me. Published in 2017,is:"Try ...more
James Thane
Simply put, She Rides Shotgun is a fabulous debut novel. At its center is eleven-year-old Polly McClusky, a character that no reader is ever likely to ever forget. Polly has only dim memories of her father, Nate, who has been in prison for much of her life. But when he unexpectedly pops up in her schoolyard, demanding that Polly accompany him in a car that he's obviously stolen, Polly does as she's told, bringing along the small stuffed bear that is her best and perhaps only friend.

At eleven, Polly is
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars.

“She Rides Shotgun” is a book that makes you feel things you shouldn’t as it goes against the grain and makes your heart beat wildly against your chest.
I fell in love with eleven year-old Polly McClusky in the first few seconds of this novel and I have a feeling you will too.

As soon as Polly McClusky walks out of school, she knows that something is wrong. Her father, Nate McClusky is waiting for her. Her father, who has been in jail for most of her life. She wants to run,
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the bear. It's like a dark crime fairy tale about a milk carton kid.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of great writing, exciting crime novels, and Lone Wolf and Cub-type stories
*This is still one of the best books I've read this year and it's NOW AVAILABLE! Read it!*

She Rides Shotgun was one of my most anticipated releases for 2017, after reading author Jordan Harper's stellar collection of short stories in his debut, Love and Other Wounds, possibly one of the best collections I've read in a while, and becoming an instant fanboy. And damn if his first novel doesn't disappoint!

Through a series of unfortunate events, no-good ex-con Nate McClusky lands a death sentence from the white/>She
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! A 🎥 of this should be made! Action packed! Nate and 11 year old daughter Polly on the run, after a hit has been placed on them from inside prison, by the leader of a white supremacist gang. Nate is a newly released prisoner and hadn’t seen his daughter for much of her life.
This is a combination of a crime spree, a quest for vengeance, a joyride, and reconciliation. It’s also an emotional read! You will feel like you are right there beside them on their journey!
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“Get your keys. I’ll get the bear.”

On Thursday morning I rushed to the library as soon as it opened in order to retrieve a reserved copy of my most anticipated book of 2017. Upon finishing that one Friday afternoon, I was at a loss for what to read next. She Rides Shotgun (best title ever) was on what seemed to be an eternal hold at the porny library, but for whatever reason (*cough* kismet *cough*) I decided to roll the dice and check availability at the “fancy” library a
4.5 Stars

”His skin told his history in tattoos and knife scars. He lived in a room with no night. And he was to his own mind a god.

“Crazy Craig Hollington, Pelican Bay life, president of the prison gang known as Aryan Steel, which made him the president of all the dirty whiteboys in California, lived his life in a Supermax cell where the lights were on twenty-four hours a day. He couldn’t own anything firmer than a Q-tip. They rolled his shower stall to the door of his cel
3 Gunfighter eyes. ★'s

“You got to feel weak to get strong. Don’t run away from it.”

“He could have laughed at how fucked up life was. That soon as you found something to live for, you found something to die for too. But he guessed, in the end, it was a good trade.”

She has gunfighter eyes...and she rides shotgun.

I decided to step out of the box and try something that isn't in the realm of books I would typically ever read. (Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime Fiction) books are something my mom loves to read a LOT of so I figu
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG !!!!!!......This book was GREAT!!!! Harper is such a talented writer. This book had everything ! Crime, a strong family bond between a father and his daughter, (as well as a stuffed animal), lots of violence which at times was hard to read yet the story was so compelling, I absolutely couldn't stop !! I love when I continue to think about a book after I've finished it. She a Rides Shotgun won't leave me for a long while. 5 Stars !!!
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-ebook
4.5 stars
3★ aka She Rides Shotgun

“Magic needed payback. Magic found the suckmouth’s old biker gang. Magic took thumbs as trophies. Can’t ride a chopper with no thumbs. Magic left a bunch of half-handed bastards pawning their bikes.”

Violence. Lots. And lessons.

The hardest thing about a fight is learning to get hit.’

“You mean how not to get hit?’

‘You’re going to get hit,’
he said. ‘Life ain’t a video game or a school test. There’s no doing it perfect. . .

‘When the bullies came after you, w
Paul Falk
The author took me for a roller coaster ride of life on the run. Desperado style. I crossed to the other side of the tracks. A place I would never want to be. The underworld. It left me a bit unsettled. Maybe more than a bit. Character-driven scenes slowly emerged into a surreal story line of thundering desperation. Fighting to just stay alive. An unexpected steel fist of an ending slammed down. I shuddered. This was an entertaining read that did not fail to disappoint. Worthy of every star. ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Set in California, this is a terrific example of grit lit with a strong father/daughter relationship at its core. Nate is a robber who has just been released from prison where he ran into trouble with Crazy Craig, the leader of Aryan Steel. Craig runs the Aryan Steel criminal enterprises from prison and he issues a death warrant on the race traitor Nate and his entire family, including his 11 year old daughter Polly. Nate, all tattoos, shaved head, hard body and faded blue eyes, shows up at Poll ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me a lot of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, in that both are a story about a father-daughter duo where the father is not a good man, but he has goodness in him. Luckily, I like both both books quite a bit, so I would recommend either one of them!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kevin by: Deanna
The head of the Aryan brotherhood, a powerful gang run from prison, has just marked Nate McClusky and his family for death on Nate's first day out of prison. Nate picks up his eleven year daughter Polly, who he hasn't seen for 5 years. He has found out his ex-wife and her boyfriend have both been killed and he goes on the run with Polly to protect her.

Talk about a suspense-filled-thrill-ride!
Sonja Arlow
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a heart stomping, throat grabbing, out of breath ride!

The story leaves no room for contemplation or character analysis, it will leave you behind if you can’t keep up. And you need to know upfront that there are some gory scenes.

The story starts with a hit being put out by a powerful gang boss for the kill order of a man, his woman and their child.

Polly is that child, an 11-year-old who still carries around her teddy bear, but don’t let that fool you for a second.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate McClusky, near the end of a bid murders a member of Ayran Steel, a white supremacist gang, following a prison altercation. He’s immediately ‘green lit’ for execution along with his estranged wife/partner and 11yr old daughter on the outside. His slice of freedom soon soured by the coppery taste of blood and smell of violent retribution.

A Lesson in Violence is a shot of adrenaline laced with speed and topped off with a liberal sprinkling of blood. The protagonist flips the hunter/prey dynam
Paul Bryant
Rayner drove up into the high desert. Passed through some sort of encampment. Old concrete slabs set into the earth. Campers and homemade shacks set up on the slabs. Piles of old keyboards. Trash everywhere. Old needles, surgical masks, prosthetic limbs. Spray paint pentagrams. Totem poles with shrunken author’s heads. ARCs skewered to trees with animal bones. Name of the place set out in broken green glass – SLABTOWN. The unmistakeable smell of reviews being written from every shack. Rayner fel ...more
Babydimps (Suzy)
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know when you’re reading a book and you think “just one more chapter..”? Yep, She Rides Shotgun is one of those books. I love books that have short chapters, but it makes it hard to stop reading! This is one of those hidden gems that I had never heard of before my GR friends started giving it such great ratings. I absolutely LOVED Polly (and her bear, of course) - she was a tough cookie! There are a lot of parts that are difficult to read, but you quickly understand that Nate has the best of ...more
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Jordan Harper was born and educated in Missouri. He's worked as an ad man, a rock critic and a teevee writer.
“She had a teddy bear in her arms and murder in her eyes.” 1 likes
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