She Rides Shotgun

A Novel
Narrated by: David Marantz
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (740 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award Winner, Best Debut Novel, 2018

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. 

©2017 Jordan Harper (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Mushroom Trip

At first I thought this was going to be a great book. I noticed some keen writing and a freshness to ideas. Then the story just became good enough to continue. I suppose it was worth the read towards the end to hear the authors great description of a hallucinogenic trip a detective took as he was fighting for his life. That was some intriguing writing. I don't love this book and I can't hate it either. It was just a trip I still am not sure I liked.

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Loved this book

This book is a gritty look at post-prison life and gangs. It shows the growth of love between father and daughter, and her loss of innocence. It feels genuine, like few books ever do. Give this book a chance to wow you.

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awsome

love it can't wait for more book's by jordan Harper very good book love it

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On the run

I highly recommend this book. It has a crispness of writing that placed the reader not only immediately in the environment but successfully captures the emotional tone of the characters in a clear and distinct way. There are not pages and pages of internal dialogue as a crutch to create point of views or to sort out scenes when the artistry of the writer has achieved it so succinctly..

It is impossible to put down. Each mounting concern brings great suspense and an ache for the humanity it uncovers.

Polly is the child in all of us. Feeling alienated because of her intelligence and perhaps her homelife, she understands her place in the world by not being of this world; Polly is from Venus. This is a comforting tool she tells herself when childhood experiences don't quite measure up. Just as her teddy bear has a place in her world . He is a constant creating the companionship and unconditional love that is needed., until her ex con father picks her up from school, never to go home again. That's where the darkness lies and the harrowing journey begins in a green monster of a car that has you facing evil at every turn and courage that can only be measured by the constancy of love between a father and his child.

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Gritty and violent

Old-school crime drama, very gritty and violent. I liked the Southern California setting. The relationship that builds between Nate and Polly is wonderful, and the Bear was an inspired touch. The plot is a bit predictable.

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Every once in awhile a book comes along that makes you want to take back most of your other 5 star reviews. This is one of those books. It's gripping, thrilling, heart filling and validates something I've long suspected: Good parenting includes teaching your kid how to take a hit.

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Sickeningly violent.

I have read the positive reviews, and you can count me out. The amount and intensity of the violence in the book is disgusting, IMHO. To see this violence from the eyes of a ten-year-old girl (with gunfighter eyes? Are you serious?) is almost too much. I just don't see the need for Polly to become a nurse to her Dad's gunshot wounds. He, BTW, is a dead-bang loser, an unusual characteristic for the guy who is the alleged protagonist. He is impulsive, a man who only enjoys stealing and taking fatal revenge on other bad guys. Aryan Steel sounds like the most vile criminal gang in the prison system. What makes the author think that we want to read in detail about these horrible gangsters? Throwing a villain on hot barbecue coals? Do we love this kind of torture? Flesh sizzling? Really?
Give this one a skip, I can't imagine anyone genuinely enjoying it. The writing is not skillful. The narration is NBD. The various revenge plots are stupid: right out of seventh grade. Spare me.

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So much fun

Great characters. One of those books that makes you take the long way home, just so you can keep listening. I’m sure the movie will be out soon.

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How to raise a psychopath?

Short sentences punched out of narrators mouth. Bad short sentences. Effect or bad writing? Both. He had a gun. He held the gun in his left hand. He raised the gun. Ugh. Interesting story if it was written better. Nice fluff in between a long series I’m listening to otherwise a waste.

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Gritty and Quirky

I love the use of humor and quirkiness the author uses for cutting some of the grittiness of this story. The narrator does a fantastic job. Definitely a great listen

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