Brooklyn Love By Yael Levy
Publication Date: September 17, 2012
Pages: 324 pages
Source: From Publisher (Thanks Samantha)
Cover Love: It looks like a movie poster which I enjoy, its adorable.
Summary: For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules … especially when you’re falling in love.But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it’s especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy—any guy!—before marriage. No dating—unless they are considering marriage—and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents’ checklists.
All Rachel’s mother wants for her daughter is to see that her daughter marries well. Naturally, this is where the rich, Columbia University educated lawyer comes in. The problem is, Rachel’s already found a guy who makes her heart race. A Rabbi. But how could a struggling Rabbi possibly give Rachel the security her mother demands?
Hindy is very pious and only wants to marry a Talmud scholar. The problem is, she’s in love with an Orthodox Jewish guy she works with. How long can she keep saying no when her heart says yes? And will she be able to stick to her values amidst temptation?
Leah wants to be a doctor, but her mother insists she study computers even though she hates computers. Her mom, a struggling immigrant, has fixed ideas about the course to success and marriage—which doesn’t include any of Leah’s wishes. What will it take for Leah to break out of her mom’s—and community’s—expectations and follow her dreams?
In Brooklyn Love, three Orthodox Jewish women who are caught between crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be “normal” are there for each other as they try to figure out who they really are … and what they really want.
My Thoughts: Excuse the length of the summary, I have no idea why its that long. But you get the gist of the book.
I found personally this book to be very...interesting. The whole Jewish dating scene is so much more different from mine and during it I was like:
Its that bizarre. Seriously, they have girls being married off at like 12 and its crazy, it sounds like a dystopian novel, but its not. That's how it is in real life, that was the crazy part.
Out of the three girls, I found Rachel to be the most interesting. She had goals, she had dreams, while Leah she did as well, but she was bland as a character. And I barely even got to know Hindy, which made me sad since she seemed so nice. AND another thing, all these people they mentioned in the book, they really didn't give me a good picture on who they were and how they contributed to the storyline at all, it was a tad confusing.
I liked the New York scene. It was fun and new. I don't know when's the last time I read a book in New York. It was a great thing to read about, but sometimes it got a little cheesy. The whole romance got really cheesy sometimes. Really.
I mean gush overload, but it wasn't such a bad thing.
If you want an interesting, romantic comedy-ish type book, with great scenery and a wonderful character. A wonderful character, not all of them were wonderful. And a interesting plot. You've got yourself the perfect book.