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Turning Thirteen by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Jan 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, reviewed, novel, childrens
Recommended to Lisa by: Wendy
Read in January, 2009

My favorite part of this book was it reminded me of (some) long term friendships between 12 and 13 year old girls. I also liked that it touched on some aspects of Judaism and atheism. I thought that it was way too short. I think that it would have been a better book if it had been much longer and gone into more depth about all the issues and relationships, but I guess the author did a good job with the relatively few pages that were there. I really liked the rabbi in this book and I appreciated the thoughtful, albeit brief, way the subject matter was handled.

I’ve always been a Jewish atheist and grew up with two agnostic Jewish parents so, while I didn’t identify with the characters in this book as much as I thought I might, it was interesting to read these various characters beliefs about religion.

I’m a huge fan of the author’s more recent books Life as We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, and I enjoyed reading this book published 2 decades earlier.
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