The J.A.P. Chronicles

Isabel Rose
  • Review
By – June 25, 2012
Oy, it’s a shan­da this gem of chick lit was sad­dled with such a broch of a title. 

Sure, the nov­el focus­es on sev­en (coin­ci­den­tal­ly the num­ber of times a Jew­ish bride cir­cles her groom dur­ing their wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny) Jew­ish women who are either unhap­pi­ly mar­ried, hid­ing their dou­ble life or look­ing for love in all the wrong Bloomingdale’s. Not a sin­gle stereo­type about spoiled, self­ob­sessed, East Coast Jew­ish fam­i­lies escaped Rose’s bit­ing wit in this well-writ­ten work. As a Jew­ish female who dis­likes the stereo­typ­i­cal J.A.P,’ I thought I was in for hours of tor­ture tan­ta­mount to a shop­ping spree at Bergdorf’s buy­ing clothes at full price, when I was assigned this book to review. 

I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to find the mag­i­cal recipe of this chron­i­cle, humor­ous­ly sea­soned by a gen­er­ous help­ing of meshugas endured by or rather, caused by the book’s main JAPs, tem­pered by sweet­ly sar­don­ic Ali Cohen, the com­mon thread of the novel. 

When sev­en for­mer bunk­mates from Wil­low Lake Camp reunite for their camp’s 100th anniver­sary, includ­ing award-win­ning film­mak­er Ali, con­ve­nient­ly hired by the camp’s direc­tors to cre­ate a doc­u­men­tary of the cel­e­bra­tion, the real sto­ries of the women’s lives, past and present, are revealed. 

The J.A.P. Chron­i­cles apt­ly cap­tures the notion that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cov­er. I’m cer­tain­ly glad I didn’t judge this one by its title. It’s a humor­ous, breezy read that might not resolve any world crises, but will most cer­tain­ly take your mind off them for a while. 
Tami Kamin-Mey­er is a licensed attor­ney who would rather write than fight. Her byline has appeared in a vari­ety of pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens, The Rotar­i­an, Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Lawyers Week­ly, Ohio Mag­a­zine, Cleve­land Jew­ish News, the Jew­ish Tele­graph­ic Agency, and www​.chabad​.edu. She is also an award-win­ning Hebrew school educator.

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