Flying Without a Net
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
So sweet and beautiful. There's really no other words to describe Flying Without a Net but sweet and beautiful and just.. everything!
You know that moment, when you have this premonition that a book will be "something" the moment you first hear of it? And then when you actually read it you find out that the book was not only to be something but turns out to be a gem? This is what Flying Without a Net was fo ...more
Daniel Perez (Dani for short) a secular Israeli software engineer, is introduced to Avraham Levine (Avi for short), an Orthodox Jew and sign language interpreter, by a mutual friend. Flying Without a Net is the story of their growing relationship and an exploration of one path to reconcile being gay AND remaining a frum or Torah observant Jew.
Perhaps I’ve been reading too much LGBTQ+ YA coming of age fiction recently, but I found Flying Without a Net a bit too predictable. Avi and Dani have more ...more
On the other hand, the book seemed a bit aimless at ...more
I loved the characters and the plot of this book. I especially loved that it took place in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community. I especially especially loved that it involved a gay romance trying to navigate within the ultra-orthodox Jewish community. What I didn't like was this book was so "explain-y". The dialogue was an awkward, humorless diatribe that explained exactly what the characters were thinking. There was no room given to the reader to ima ...more
Avi is an Orthodox Jew, and growing up in his dati/frum (religiously observant) community he's known that he can only have romantic physical contact with the person who would be his marriage partner. He's 33 years old, only recently came to grips with his ...more
The romance is strong in itself. It's a slow burn. There's a partial sex scene. It's really sweet how much Dani holds back for Avi's comfort. But they talk through everything. Every. little. thing. And there's so much repetition. This is a case where, yes, this is totally a realistic depiction of a conversation, but, no, I don't want to slog through an entire r ...more
I have always thought that joke was hilarious and, being too young to perform Vaudeville (I was born in 1970, so I missed the boat), I have never before had the opportunity to tell it. But right now, I’m writing a review of Flying Without a Net by E. M. ben Shaul, a novel which tells the love story of Dani (an Israeli who has grown up in a culturally-Jewish-but-secular home in the U.S.) and Avi, who is a practicing Orthodox man. They meet, f ...more
Also, I didn't believe that a fairly secular Jew would have difficulty understanding the i ...more
OH THIS BOOK.
I think I should clarify real quick that I am an atheist and yes, I read a book about religion. I am actually very pro-religion, which isn't a combination you see often (then again, I am also a pro-sex sex-repulsed asexual, so there you go).
Honestly, as long as you don't use (or actually misuse) your religion to oppress others, like the Westboro Baptist Church does, but instead are religious because it's really important to you etc, totally go for it!
So why did I read ...more
As an avid reader (reading 5-7 books a week) there are times when I'm in the mood for a certain kind of book. It can be something funny, something that will tug at my emotions, even something that will keep me on the edge of my seat ... or sometimes, I just like to read a quiet story that follows two people as the begin a new relationship. Such is the case for E.M. Ben Shaul's exquisite book, Flying Without a Net. Gorgeous writing, engaging and utterly captivating characters, and a r ...more
Four and a half stars!
This story was amazing. I adored Avi and Dani together. They compliment each other so well and watching their story unfold was beautiful. The way Dani took Avi’s faith and his gentle nature into account was so sweet. The emotions between these two leapt off the page and had me engaged right from the beginning. I couldn’t put the book down until it was over. I adored Ms. Shaul’s voice in this story. She writes profound characters and crystal cle ...more
When we talk about representation, when I talk about why #weneeddiversebooks, I somehow never thought that it would apply to Judaism–I “am” so many communities, and I’m such an “heretic” in regards of my religion, surely, that aspect of me doesn’t need to see itself in ink, right?
Oh boy, was I wrong.
To read about those two men, about their relationship, with each other and with God and with traditions (cue Tevye), made my heart swell with memories, with the joy and the pure, fond frustration I...more