Checkpoints is a fictional first-person narrative told by seventeen-year-old Noa, a teenager living in Jerusalem and trying to come to terms with the conflict between the Palestinians and the Jews. By reading her thoughts and reflections the reader comes to understand her fear of becoming a victim of a terrorist attack, coupled with the anxieties, crushes, and social inadequacies that plague most young adults of this age. When her worst fears materialize and her family members become victims of a terrorist attack, Noa is thrown off-balance and becomes angry, resentful at those she loves most and unforgiving in her attitude toward the Palestinians and their plight. But gradually, with the help of counseling and the support of her family and friends, she is inspired to look beyond the incident and see some hope in her country’s future. Levy’s book tackles many of the hard questions faced by Israelis every day, and does so with realism, vivid descriptions, and a novel that should rivet young adults and give them a deeper understanding of life in Israel.
Lauren Kramer is a Vancouver-based journalist, wife, and mother with a lifelong passion for literature. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she has won awards for her writing and reported from many corners of the world. Read more of her work at www.laurenkramer.net.