[Reading] ➶ Ride or Die By Wanda Taylor – Motyourdrive.co.uk


10 thoughts on “Ride or Die

  1. says:

    A short YA read, and I use that term loosely It is purportedly based on real life events and the thought of this happening causes some real life terror The challenge with this novel, is that the author didn t convey that sense of terror on the page So, you re reading and thinking what could adults have done to prevent this Maybe, nothing It truly could happen to anyone, but the tension of that knowledge is not burrowed into the story I would still rate it as above average and believe it can serve as a cautionary tale for young adults Be careful where you go, be mindful of who you trust, never drink from a mystery cup All those lessons that can be gleaned from the reading could prove the difference in one finding their self in a similar harrowing experience I haven t said much about the plot, the book description adequately is revealing The sadness I felt, came from knowing this was a fact based story and not from the emotional telling of the story, with the exception of a few instances .5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and James Lorimer Company for an advanced DRC Book will be available Aug 1st, 2018.


  2. says:

    To see reviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.This book follows the horrifying tale of two best friends who become victims to human sex trafficking When people think sex trafficking, this is the idea they get The girls were kidnapped, moved across the country and forced to perform sex work in fear of violence and or death depending on the discretion The girls were given imaginary quotas that changed based on the pimps moods He would regularly rape them It was really spot on to one type of sex trafficking It is horrifying how well it was written into a YA book.My main issue with the book is there is so much that is left out I wanted to know what happened to the house that the girls were forced to live in What happened to those other girls I wanted to know about Ru I wanted to know about Dawn I wanted details overall, which I can t really fault the book for because it is a reluctant reader it wouldn t be able to have all the details I wanted without losing that reading level or becoming unimaginably long for the people who should have access to the book I like that Taylor is able to toe the line between sex work and sex trafficking like a champ Ru was very vocal about the fact that she CHOSE to be in the life She said repeatedly that it was bad that the other girls were forced to be in the life since no one should be forced into sex work Then there was the story of Kanika s mother Kanika was able to stand up to her Aunt Becky about it near the end of the book It was wonderful for Kanika and Taylor to really express the difference between consensual sex work and sex trafficking I never expected that difference to be so eloquently written in a YA novel or in any adult novels for that matter for years to come Most people still can t grasp that difference because prostitutes are bad and women who have sex are bad Hell, women who are raped are bad too because it is their fault to be clear none of that is a view of me or this blog Feminist and sex abuse rape survivor here So seeing a book that allows women to have the agency over their bodies to choose to be a sex worker and how she even went to college shows a wonderful representation of modern sex workers I would have liked to see Kanika go into some sort of therapy when she got home to help her deal with being raped for so long Most of my complaints are just wanting The book was complete and told the story it was supposed to tell, but I wanted I wanted to know that everyone was ok, even if they weren t, because it was based on a true story I needed my worry to be placated so I wouldn t be left to worry about these girls Taylor not providing that may have been just for space or time Or it might have been a conscious effort to show that this horror story is not over for most of the girls It will never be over for some of them I have to applaud that.My other main complaint is the constant racist jokes comments about Asian people There was even a joke that Asians are good at nails at one point There was never addressing the prejudice that Kanika showed towards Asian people This prejudice is never discussed as being wrong or harmful It was just left as if it was ok It took a whole star away from my enjoyment of the book It was so jarring each time it happened.


  3. says:

    I don t understand who this book was written for The book is based on harrowing, real life events Canadian teenagers stolen away from their families and forced into prostitution On the one hand the content seems disturbing for kids, but as a cautionary tale it would seem fitting but then on the other, other hand the mistakes the kids and parents and grandparents make in this story are not highlighted or rectified, so there really isn t a moral of the story except perhaps that we should not judge sex workers because we don t know their story, and if it could happen to Asian Panama or Black Kanika then it could happen to me or you too There were plenty of racist stereotypes from the Asian model minority, to the strong, sassy Black chick , as well as the Bratty Teenage Daughter Trope that I think is equally insidious and damaging Wanda Taylor had a fantastic opportunity to let us hear an authentic voice, but the dialog was uneven at best There are a few items of clothing on the beds in your rooms, explained Dawn they may or may not fit But you gotta make it work for now Here s the rundown you share this house with four other sex workers You hos don t touch shit that ain t yours You don t steal shit You clean up your own shit And you don t give me no shit Follow that and you ll survive in here Got it I think the biggest problem is all the instances of miscommunication, lack of communication, mixed messaging, and out right lying presented throughout this story as matter of fact rather than highlighting the damage it causes, and how it spreads and worsens, or better yet explaining what a positive, healing impact communication can have when done properly The latter seems like something an author with a background in social work and advocacy would have a great ability to convey, and something that the Young Adult reading audience could really gain from.


  4. says:

    The Sidestreets series is interesting YA novels, very short, with a social theme message Sometimes, they hit the mark and sometimes not so much.Ride or Die is a good read, although as is the norm, very short The problem with very short is that it doesn t set up the characters nor the circumstances properly Having said that, Ride or Die explores the sex trade without shying away from the truth These stories are always based in Canada and no matter how many of these I read and the fact that I know Canada and the various cities have areas you don t want to be in, I am always surprised at how dangerous even Canada can be and I think that Taylor gives us a good taste of of dangerous Toronto can be.The main characters are innocent and not particularly likeable You don t really get to understand why they are unhappy, except that they are YA or maybe that is enough of a reason Kanika lives with her aunt, but she is always so angry so when she spots a guy she likes, she basically falls for him and his crap line, hook and sinker, in fact that is one of the scariest things in this book The main characters seem to not have a brain between them and somehow let themselves fall into a bad crowd without ONE thought along the lines of hum, maybe I should not do this Once Kanika ends up a prostitute, she is miserable and hopes to escape, but even then, somehow she does not seem to get that she was plain stupid and that she got herself there Finally, she tries to escape with mixed results and finds a couple willing to help her get home Once home, she becomes the same unhappy and miserable girl again and tells her aunt she is moving away at the age of sixteen.The end is a bit ridiculous, but the part where she is held captive is quite interesting Well written and obviously researched, this book is a good read, although the main characters need to get a brain and a clue.


  5. says:

    Based on a true story, Ride or Die depicts the life of a 15 year old teen from Canada who was kidnapped, abused, and forced to work in the sex trade industry While this book could have served as an effective means to bring light to a serious issue, I think this story missed the mark.First, the plot development and the writing left a lot to be desired For this book to be based on real life events there were several parts of the plot that just didn t ring true view spoiler First, when Kanika s best friend Panama disappeared, Kanika keeps pertinent information about the unsavory characters that she last saw her friend with from the police and Panama s family hide spoiler


  6. says:

    A short YA read, and I use that term loosely It is purportedly based on real life events and the thought of this happening causes some real life terror The challenge with this novel, is that the author didn t convey that sense of terror on the page So, you re reading and thinking what could adults have done to prevent this Maybe, nothing It truly could happen to anyone, but the tension of that knowledge is not burrowed into the story I would still rate it as above average and believe it can serve as a cautionary tale for young adults Be careful where you go, be mindful of who you trust, never drink from a mystery cup All those lessons that can be gleaned from the reading could prove the difference in one finding their self in a similar harrowing experience I haven t said much about the plot, the book description adequately is revealing The sadness I felt, came from knowing this was a fact based story and not from the emotional telling of the story, with the exception of a few instances .5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and James Lorimer Company for an advanced DRC Book will be available Aug 1st, 2018.


  7. says:

    This cover says absolutely nothing about the book this has definite teen appeal, is gritty and unafraid to expose the dark details of the teen sex trade, but will not attract those readers because of this cover.


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Ride or Die summary pdf Ride or Die , summary chapter 2 Ride or Die , sparknotes Ride or Die , Ride or Die 8da4391 When Year Old Kanika Falls For Danny, An Older Guy She Has Always Had A Crush On, She Becomes His Ride Or Die Chick Soon After Establishing That She Will Do Anything For Him, Danny Sells Her Into The Sex Trade Kanika Is Drugged And Taken To Toronto Where She Finds Her Friend Has Also Been A Victim Of The Sex Trafficking Plot With The Help Of An Older Sex Worker, Kanika Manages To Survive And Escape The People Abusing Her Based On True Events, Ride Or Die Tells The Story Of How A Young Black Girl From A Small Town Is Lured Into The Sex Trade By An Older Boy

  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Ride or Die
  • Wanda Taylor
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9781459412491

About the Author: Wanda Taylor

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