SUMMARY Æ Stand Your Ground

CHARACTERS Stand Your Ground

SUMMARY Æ Stand Your Ground æ From the #1 Essence bestselling and award winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes Stand Your Ground a new novel about two women who are faced with the same tragedyA black teenage boy is dead A white man shot him Was he standing his ground or was it murderJanice Johnson is living every black mother's nightmare Her sFrom the #1 Essence bestselling and award winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes Stand Your Ground a new novel about two women who are faced with the same tragedyA black teenage boy is dead A white man shot him Was he standing his ground or was it murderJanice Johnson is living every black mother's nightmare Her seventeen year old son was murdered and the shooter has not. Books typically fall into a few categories to me The first category being that they are horrible books No offense but these are the books in which the cover sucks there are way too many grammatical errors to count and the storyline simply does not make sense The next category includes the average and very predictable books These books typically follow the format of boy and girl meet there’s an attraction then there’s a conflict and maybe some sex and then there’s a resolution or it follows the current trend of ending in a cliffhanger The next category is above average and these books are hard to find these days The concepts are creative the storylines are fresh and the authors aren’t following the new age eBook gimmicky trends And then every so often you come across a book that is a gem It is above exceptional The authors of these gems skillfully craft a story that makes you stop think feel and simply stare into space because it is just that darn good I am uite delighted to say that Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray is one of those rare books that fall into the final category described above“There is nothing like being in love with a naked man”Whoa while this is a definitely a way to catch someone’s attention I scratched my head in a little confusion I went back to the synopsis to make sure I was reading the correct book I had to verify that this was Stand Your Ground and not a romance novel This opening line made much sense as I continued to read and learn about Janice and Tyrone’s marriage and the role that the strength of their marriage would play throughout this story As the title states and the synopsis describes this book centers around the controversial Stand Your Ground law that was made “famous” in Florida The book is divided into three parts The first part is narrated from the slain teen mother’s point of view I don’t know a better word than heartbreaking to describe this part While reading my mind often wandered about recent events and back to a rally that I attended in Washington DC in December 2014 where all of the mothers of murdered brown boys were on the same stage for the very first time together and I couldn’t seem to find the words to properly uantify the amount of strength those women must possess Victoria’s writing from the mother’s point of view made me wonder did she contact Trayvon Martin’s mom to see how she kept her composure when the media attempted to portray her son as a thug Did Victoria contact Mike Brown’s mom to see how it felt to know your child was dead but left by himself or in Mike Brown’s case in the middle of the street for an extended period of time Did Victoria contact Tamir Rice’s or anyone else’s mother to see how they continue to press forward All I can say is have some Kleenexes ready for this section of the bookThe second part is from the point of view of the shooter’s wife This was truly a uniue perspective and voice to hear in this type of story Normally we only hear from the side of the victim’s family and we do not receive insight into what the other family might experience Some of it is upsetting some of it is not surprising but it was all enlightening This section leads to a uestion that some of us may ask ourselves even in regular everyday interactions When there is a conflict do we stand by the one that we love or do we stand for what is rightThe third part of the book is the trial Everything about this section from the preparation of the defense to the ending left me exhausted I cried I got upset I had thoughts only thoughts lol of throwing my kindle I smiled I cried a little bit I felt relief And then I cried a little bit because this book is the reality that the parents of brownblack boys currently face while living in this country Stand Your Ground is now Stand Your Ground is relevant And Stand Your Ground is the best book that I have read so far in 2015


He case wide open but what will that mean for her life and that of her son Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done#1 national bestselling and award winning author Victoria Christopher Murray's Stand Your Ground is a pulse pounding meditation on race motherhood marriage and vigilante justice that will have readers spellbound until its shocking e. Stand Your Ground was a page turner from beginning to end Well written informative a thriller It was easy to relate to and believe in the characters and to the plot which felt like it was torn from today's headlines I highly recommend it Certainly the author's best work to date

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Stand Your GroundBeen arrested Can the DA and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revengeMeredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far clarity than anyone realizes What she knows could blow t. This is the first time that I'm reading anything written by the author and I picked up the book solely based on the subject matter Through her characters the author did a good job of presenting the nuanced views that people have regarding this social issue the killing of black boys and men I also liked how the author showed that there are differences of opinion even within a community This is shown when Janice and the Brown Guardians clash over whether justice should be served on the streets or in the courts and when Wyatt feels uncomfortable with the views of the folks at Big Red The author also did a good job of portraying the grief that Janice and Tyrone felt That being said i'm not sure if it was effective to leave Wyatt's story until the end because it left me without a complete understanding of his character and his motives The way that Wyatt was portrayed he seemed to have contradictory views Did he really come to consider Andre as a friend or did he think that it made him seem less racist by having a black employee Wyatt also said I didn't think every black person in America was bad I just didn't like thugs The uestion that comes up then is what does Wyatt think a thug looks like One thing that I found was that it was possible to explore human nature through Wyatt's character We might think of ourselves as open and inclusive but of course our biases influences our actions and reactions which may lead to microagressions andor outright racist practices that targets certain groups who are most often marginalized By not delving deeper into these uestions the book only skims the surface of this issue By introducing Wyatt's perspective earlier on in the book the author could have explored the motives and the mindset which results in the occurrence of violent incidents such as the killingmurder of Maruis And what about that ending Was justice served at the end The answer to that depends on what you understand Justice to be To me it felt as if I was back at suare one It left me thinking did Wyatt learn anything from this incident Overall What I wanted from this book was complex characters diverse perspectives on this issue and some sort of guidance on where the characters and we as a people go from here Unfortunately I didn't get that from this book However I do think that this is a timely story that needs to be told