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Mitzvah Straight Up
by Janet Goodfriend (Goodreads Author)
Mitzvah Straight Up is a piercing, coming-of-age marvel revealing how a back brace wearing girl finds courage to persevere in an oft-brutal world in the year of her Bat Mitzvah. This contemporary story unfolds a cautious but spirited child into a figurative paramecium floundering in her own puddle then rebuilds her into a strong, giving and heroic young woman. Struggling b ...more
ebook, 414 pages
(first published June 30th 2011)
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After enjoying Goodfriend's first book, For the Love of Art, I had high expectations for another fun ride. She delivers with Mitzvah Straight Up, a tale that follows Jessica Rosen through a series of hurdles that will ultimately make her a better person and give us all hope for society. While wrestling with her own physical challenges she bravely confronts societal issues both close to home and those that she could have easily ignored. At times she appears to have lost her way, but her moral com ...more