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Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr

Goy Crazy

by Melissa Schorr

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No one can poke fun at an ethnic minority like one of themselves. At the same time Melissa Schorr displays a delightfully delicate hand (while wiping the spit off her chin) at drawing out the YA experience of discovering a first real life relationship with a Goy, I mean Boy.
Rachel is a wonderful, real and balanced character, and all of the characters have the right depth and complexity to them. The pace is very good, and while the author is accomplishing all the above, she's also throwing in a few wonderful new words for English speakers. I think 'mombarrassment' might be my favourite.
The plot is great, and while I have to confess I saw which way the wind was blowing fairly early on, this did nothing to hamper my thorough, laugh-out-loud enjoyment of this excellent novel. The author maintains very good tension all the way through, and balances tragedy with tongue-in-cheek irreverence and laughter, while never treating the underlying serious issues too lightly.
Great book. Get it now! ( )
  DavidR1958 | Jul 4, 2017 |
Readable, but predictable. ( )
  RachelRJ | Apr 17, 2012 |
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

All a girl wants to do is find the love of her life, or in this case a high school sweetheart. Fortunately for Rachel Lowenstein, she has just found the guy at her brother's bar mitzvah. He's handsome, a basketball player, and his name is Luke Christiansen. Which is the only problem she has with Luke--his last name. All Rachel hears from her grandmother and family is how she should find a respectable Jewish boy to date and marry. But crushing on Luke may not be the best choice for Rachel since he is far from being Jewish; he celebrates Christmas! So Rachel decides that she is tired of all the problems that she faces, from bad hair to having hardly any friends, and makes up her own teen commandments, which she occasionally changes, and which she hopes to break.

So Rachel begins to change the way she does things. She starts acting dumb in math class, lies to her family, and tries her best to keep Luke a secret. Besides that, Rachel also has to deal with her only best friend, Jen, who is trying to get into the popular crowd; Leah, her only other real friend who keeps on warning Rachel about her wrongdoings; and Howard, Rachel's neighbor turned enemy.

Yet Rachel starts to second-guess her decisions and wonders if they are really worth all the lies and deception when the ultimate tragedy happens to her. Is Luke really the guy for her; is acting dumb in math class worth the "popular" points? Rachel ends up discovering her true self and sees that change just isn't for her.

GOY CRAZY is sweet, tragic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. With her first teen novel, Ms. Schorr successfully makes her main character understandable, relatable, and, above all, realistic. By the end of the novel, readers will be glad about Rachel's final decisions, yet sad that the novel is over. GOY CRAZY was a fantastic read that left me wanting more. I just hope there will be a follow-up to this novel. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
Hear an interview about Goy Crazy with author Melissa Schorr on The Book of Life podcast's June 2007 episode at www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com.
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  bookoflife | Jun 25, 2007 |
Rachel Lowenstein has all the problems of a typical 15-year-old girl, the main one being she doesn't have a boyfriend. She doesn't like any of the Jewish boys she knows, and figures the others are out of her league. But there is a boy she falls for, the boy who was a waiter at her brother's bar mitzvah party. Rachel knows her parents won't like her going out with a non Jewish boy, so she always arranges to have her neighbor pick her up and double date. Predictably, she finds out that he's pretty hot and they have a lot in common. ( )
  cliddie | May 16, 2007 |
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A HILARIOUS NOVEL ABOUT FALLING FOR THE WRONG GOYRachel Lowenstein can`t help it. She`s got a massive crush on a goy: LukeChristensen, the gorgeous star of the basketball team at St. Joseph`s prep. But as the name implies, he`s not exactly in Rachel`s tribe. Rachel justknows her parents would never approve. Then Rachel`s Jewish grandmother issues a stern edict--" Don`t go with thegoyim! " -- Sealing Rachel`s fate and presenting her with a serious dilemma. Everyone`s got an opinion--from her annoying neighbor Howard to her newlysocial-climbing best friend. Should Rachel follow her heart and turn herback on her faith? Or should she heed her family`s advice and try and finda nice Jewish boy? With an unforgettable cast of characters and razor-sharp wit, MelissaSchorr`s debut novel is an engaging comedy about a girl`s decision to gogoy crazy.

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Positive that her parents will disapprove of the boy she likes, high school sophomore Rachel Lowenstein hides her involvement with him, while, trying to fit in with a different crowd, she also hides some things from herself.

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