(Levithan’s 2008 also featured a Jewish/non-Jewish couple.) As Nick and Norah have middle-of-the-night borscht at Veselka, the East Village Ukrainian café six blocks from my apartment, Norah tells Nick (the book’s narrator): ,” I repeat. Basically it says that the world has been broken into pieces. And our job—everyone’s job—is to try to put the pieces back together. “I guess I do.” Like Josh, Norah’s familiar with basic Jewish teachings.To make things whole again.” “And you believe that? She doesn’t take them as literal gospel; she takes what she likes—culinarily, religiously, historically, and culturally—from Judaism and is cavalier about the rest. They’re , a forthcoming compilation of 12 “holiday romances” from top YA authors, due in October. Because otherwise our opportunities to see our lives reflected in our books were pretty limited. And that was banned for being anti-Christian and full of dangerous talk about sexual feelings.) Thank God we kids of the 1980s had our Judy Blume, with her humor and openness and portrayal of regular, suburban American Jewish kids.I imagine that if Nick and Norah ever had kids, Norah would insist that they be raised Jewish, even if she mocked herself about it and wasn’t quite sure why it was so important to her, and Nick would accede because he respects Norah’s passions and doesn’t feel strongly about religion himself. Forman and Levithan’s contributions are both Hanukkah stories.
There are other reports of shootings and deaths as a result. Many threats are made on the lives of various people. A teen girl is described as being on birth control, and there's discussion of teen pregnancy and the assumption that a married couple is having sex when they go to their bedroom and turn the television up loud. Teens drink alcohol and smoke marijuana at a party. Adults are described as being addicted to drugs, addiction to crack cocaine is discussed, and both teens and adults are described as selling drugs.
The teens navigate tough situations but show a willingness to learn from mistakes and make amends.
We see several instances of violence and hear about others.
Continue reading: The godfather of Jewy YA books The godfather of contemporary Jewy YA (with his own predilection for Yiddish) is probably David Levithan, co-author (with Rachel Cohn) of 2006’s . The daughter of an Englewood Cliffs record-company CEO, she’s got a hot sexist alpha-jerk Israeli ex and she’s headed for a year on kibbutz rather than to Brown University in the hopes of hooking back up with Tal.
Fortunately, early in the book she experiences the revelation that Tal is a massive jerk.But there’s also an increasing number of young-adult books that might be termed Jewy rather than Jewish. I’d argue that it’s merely an illustration of how acculturated Jews have become.