Fifteen-year-old Rachel Lowenstein is determined to break free from her “good-girl ways” as she enters her sophomore year of high school in New York City. Her best friend at school has joined the ranks of the popular crowd, and her geeky next door neighbor, Howard, just got his drivers license and has become the star of the school’s track team. To make things worse, he’s now dating one of the most popular — and wealthiest — girls at their public school. Rachel vows to bring a little excitement into her own life, and her first step is to find a boyfriend. She falls fast and hard for Luke Christiansen, a cute basketball player from St. Joseph’s Prep, whom she meets by chance at her brother’s bar mitzvah. But as she and Luke begin spending more time together, Rachel is unsure she should pursue a boy she is certain her parents will not approve of. Readers will relate to Rachel as she wrestles with questions of family, faith, and love, and as she struggles to remain true to herself amid pressures from both her family and her peers. Fast paced, and full of witty dialogue and pop-culture references, Goy Crazy is an engaging novel that will resonate with teen girls. Ages 14 and up.
Alison Kelly holds a B.A. in American History from Northwestern University and an MLS from UCLA. She is a librarian at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School.