Fifteen-year-old Essie Green cannot believe her luck when Austin King asks her out. He is the captain of the football team and the hottest guy at
. Unfortunately, as their relationship heats up, so does a rivalry between Pershing High School ’s best friend Harrison and Essie’s estranged cousin Micah, an observant Jew. Essie is forced to decide where her loyalties lie. With a family member she barely knows, or the boy she’s beginning to love? Austin
Essie learned a lot about herself and Micah by the end of the novel and finally found herself. Meyerhoff dealt with religion in a unique and interesting way and I learned a lot of Judaism I’d never known or understood before. No one at my school wears a kippa so it was sad, but intriguing, to hear how Essie’s classmates reacted to Micah. Religion is a difficult topic to write about all in itself and Meyerhoff added a spin to it that really kept the novel moving. There were quite a few twists in the plot and towards the end things really began picking up, especially the jocks opinions of Micah, they started taking their dislike of him to extremes.
Overall, I think this was a well orchestrated and intriguing debut, and Meyerhoff added a twist to the un-original tale of the unpopular girl dating the popular jock. I would recommend reading this, if only from your library, because it explains religion well and shows how important it is to judge from the inside not the out.
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars