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Book Review

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

What I Like About You

What I Like About You is a terrific example of how a book’s flaws can overwhelm the good parts. It has engaging writing, stellar #ownvoices rep of Jewish teens, and nuanced exploration of grief. It also enraged me enough to slam my tablet down and seethe for a good hour after I finished. My initial grade was an F but I upgraded my rating after a few days of introspection (see the above good parts). … Continue reading What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Book Review

Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown

Matzah Ball Surprise

This book knocked me sideways with its charm, but nuts and bolts were falling apart for me from the second half. By the end I was infuriated with how some things were mishandled and other fucked up things were shoehorned in. A lot of what’s good about this book was really good, but the things that didn’t work for me downgraded my experience a lot. Matzah Ball Surprise is about Gaby and Levi who both … Continue reading Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown

Book Review

Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

Play It Again

This is an incredibly sweet, warm, fuzzy hug of a book about people embracing who they are and deciding how to authentically live their lives both public and private. There were times when I questioned the plot, or wondered if it would take a turn for the dramatic (it did not). Since I finished it, I realized that there are several questions the story leaves unanswered or unaddressed, ones that are large enough that I … Continue reading Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

Book Review

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Knit One, Girl Two

Knit One, Girl Two is a knitting lesbian romance novella with Jewish characters. I bet a bunch of you just one-clicked before reading any more of this review, right? It’s not a perfect book – in fact it suffers from a lack of almost any kind of conflict – but it was exactly what I needed. I’m traveling for work. According to the odometer I’ve driven just under six hundred miles in two days. I’m … Continue reading Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Lightning Review

Look to the Stars by Olivia Kelly

Look to the Stars

Look to the Stars was exactly the book I needed to read at exactly the right moment I needed to read it. Lately my brain has been in over-drive, catastrophizing and just generally keeping me from sleeping soundly. Look to the Stars was the perfect Regency novella to reset my mind – it’s light on conflict, although the conflict is still there, and I loved the main characters. It’s more a short chronicling of a … Continue reading Look to the Stars by Olivia Kelly

Book Review

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Craving Flight

At least six different people in three different forms of media have contacted me to ask, “HAVE YOU READ THIS?!” But in a good kind of way, not in a “No, really, I need to tell you about the chocolate pie,” kind of way. This novella is a compelling, immersive reading experience, and I mean that in all the best definitions of both words. I loved the immersion into modern orthodoxy, and the ways in … Continue reading Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Book Review

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

In my local public library in the children’s section, there are computer terminals in the shelves where you can look up books in the catalog. Above the one I used most frequently this past year was this book, My Basmati Bat Mitzvah. It sticks out on the shelf because the spine is bright yellow and the writing is curly and blue, not to mention that words like “bat mitzvah” jump out at me already. I kept picking … Continue reading My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman