She Rides Shotgun: A Novel
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 from...more
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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 breathless, ...more
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. ...more
My favorite quote:
"The best thing you could do in this world was find the thing that jolted you the most and killed you the least and go after it hard."
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. Fighting f ...more
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 Tr ...more
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-girlfriend and her new boyf ...more
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 it did come up several times- w ...more
“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, just take of ...more
At eleven, P ...more
“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 ch ...more
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 f ...more
“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 l ...more
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!
“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, when they hur ...more
Talk about a suspense-filled-thrill-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.
Nate is that man, rele ...more
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 ...more
This is REAL GOOD! Just a tad under five stars but a rating anywhere in the Goodreads rarefied air between four and five stars is indicative of a very compelling read. This is REAL REAL GOOD!
Nate McClusky got out on a shit ass legal technicality. He should have been in for so much longer. Freedom. Until Ground Chuck Hollington, Crazy Craig’s brother, shared the Aryan Steel proposal a week before Nate’s scheduled release.
“are they hunting her”
Polly freezes when Nate appears in front o ...more
“Tell me what you want to know,” she said.
“Everything,” the man said. The girl didn’t say a think. She had a teddy bear in her arms and murder in her eyes.”
I think that would have been an awesome first line for a book (not this one maybe, unless the story was was told with some flashbacks (or flashbacks for the main narrative, because there are some uses of flashbacks here). So I’ll just borrow the line, and preten ...more
While this started out strong, the last quarter of the book felt bogged down with trying to tie together loose stings. (There were a couple side characters that I didn't see the need for creating their own POV, other than trying to add more substance to the story, but sometimes less is more.) I was hoping this would stay a father-daughter road trip novel, & it did to an extent, until attempting to wrap everything up. Regardless, this is still a strong debut from a promising author & ...more