When Stacy Friedman catches her best friend kissing the boy Stacy likes, she utters the fateful title words and un-invites Lydia to her big day. Experience and a kind rabbi help Stacy to mature just enough to start thinking about others a bit, and to make up with Lydia in the nick of time. This frothy “chick-lit” story will be greatly enjoyed by preteen girls for its TV-style screwball comedy, its depiction of relationships (both friendship and romance), and its focus on fashion. Parents may wish for something more substantive, with more emphasis on Judaism and lessons learned, but young readers will delight in this light, entertaining read about modern Reform Jewish kids. The basics of Jewish culture and practice are comfortably assumed to be familiar to all readers in this post-Seinfeld era, and non-Jewish readers will likely find the story easy to relate to.
While readers may not learn much about the real meaning behind the bat mitzvah ceremony through this story, it is encouraging to see Jewish characters depicted in such a confident and mainstream manner. Recommended for Reform and Conservative Jewish libraries and for non-Jewish collections as well. Ages 11 – 14.