Goy Crazy

Melis­sa Schorr
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By – December 19, 2011
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.

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