She Rides Shotgun

She Rides Shotgun

Book - 2017
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*WINNER OF A 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL*

*WINNER OF AN ALEX AWARD FROM THE ALA*

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Booklist

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 the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison--a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They've already murdered his ex-wife, Polly's mother. And Polly is their next target.

Nate and Polly's lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: with barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it's like to love fiercely and unconditionally--a love he's never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he's carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

She Rides Shotgun is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062394408
0062394401
Characteristics: 257 pages

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jazzmouse
Jul 05, 2019

An amazing first book. If you like mystery fiction, fast action, and a satisfying ending, you'll like this book. Oh and I forgot, great characters!

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rixonkj
Jul 03, 2019

I loved this book so much I made it a playlist. Gritty noir coming-of-age stories featuring Weird Girls are my jam.

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54MIKE54
Mar 27, 2019

The best measure of a novel is how well the story, characters, and writing suck the reader into what is going on. And, is it all believable? I enjoyed all that was written, and I enjoyed a lot of what was left out. And, the whole "bear" thing was amazing. Best novel I've read this year.

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AProkesch
Oct 24, 2018

I liked it a lot right from the start. The writing style is different and I had to get used to it, but that did not take long. In the end I had troubles to put the book away because I wanted to know what's going to happen next.
I would highly recommend it for everyone who likes to read a thrilling story in a not too voluminous book.

JCLKariE Jul 06, 2018

When the Aryan steel puts out a hit on Nate, his woman, his girl; he has no choice but to fight back. Nate is a bad guy, but he's got to win to save his daughter, Polly. Polly makes this story worth reading. She's wise beyond her years and tough as nails. This adrenaline-filled thriller speeds along from the start. Harper writes with cinematic grace that is engrossing and taut.

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 18, 2017

A thrilling, action-driven story that kept me entertained right until the end but, I can't say that I liked the characters, so that kind-of blew it for me. I doubt I will remember this one a few months from now.

DCLadults Jun 23, 2017

An intense, sharp, addictive thriller that grabs you and won't let go. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

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