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Flying Without a Net

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Dani Perez, a secular Israeli working as a software engineer in Boston, has never had trouble balancing his faith and his sexuality—until he meets Avi Levine, a gay Orthodox Jew and sign language interpreter. As they fall in love, Dani finds himself wanting Avi in his life but confused by Avi’s observance. Dani can’t understand how Avi reconciles what his religion demands ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Interlude Press
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Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

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
J L's Bibliomania
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
Chris, the Dalek King
I’m a bit torn on this one. On one hand, I loved learning about the Avi and his views on Orthodox Judaism. I found his faith and the difficulties it brought to his life as an Orthodox Jew and gay man to be incredibly fascinating. From the start where the two characters meet, you can tell their relationship is never going to be simple, but the way they navigate the many challenges of both faith and honesty made this story a very interesting read.

On the other hand, the book seemed a bit aimless at
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating tale of two men falling in love, all the while one of them is dealing with how his religious faith seems to be against his desires. A must read.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway***

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
Veronica of V's Reads
Dani Perez is a secular Israeli who lives in Boston. He's introduced to Avi Levine by a mutual friend and is immediately attracted, but warned off. Dani has a reputation for having flings, and Avi's friend knows that Avi isn't that sort of man.

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
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Finished it & while I need a few moments to put my overflowing thoughts in a coherent structure I've to say that this book is one if the rare gems beneath lots of great titles. 😭💗

It was tender & sweet, challenged religious beliefs (in a very pleasant way) & what it means to be queer.
Amazing read.💗

Avi & Dani are two of the most precious MCs I've ever met. 💗
Adrian Fridge
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
An engaging premise that draaaags through the budding relationship. It's the first time I can say a book has too much open communication.

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
Alysia Constantine
Two Jews walk into a bar… and one of them says, “Ouch!”

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
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was okay- but was very tellingly. The narrator creates a gap between the reader and the characters and their story. It felt to me like the author didn't make the best decisions in what dialog she included (a lot of it boring and pointless) and what things she described as going on, as opposed to having them happen as you read. It's not a good sign when I am thinking all this as I am reading the story.

Also, I didn't believe that a fairly secular Jew would have difficulty understanding the i
Calais Reed
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, lent-out
A really fun read! It's so nice to read a book with Jewish characters who are actually real people... Not to mention the writing is excellent!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway... WOW.. I really enjoyed this one... not sure I would have picked it myself but here it was, so I read it.. Glad I did.. I wont tell you about the stoty, you can get that anywhere.. I enjoyed it; it ran me through the emotional rollercoaster! Get it, read it, give it as a gift!
Les Joseph
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

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
Molly Lolly
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly loved this story and had a blast with it, despite some things I might have done differently...
Naomi Tajedler
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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

Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely gentle love story - perhaps an unexpected comment for a book dealing with the topic of bridging the main character's deep, Orthodox religious identity with his love for a secular man. The author is knowledgeable and realistic with the details of an Orthodox life, and beautifully integrates the characters' lives together without melodrama or stereotyping. One of the most noteworthy aspects of the relationship is how these two men from different worlds learn to be together without ...more
Suzey Ingold
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a unique and beautiful book, with a story that took me to being a fly-on-the-wall over these wonderful characters' shoulders. I can imagine that this kind of story will mean a lot to people who come from a similar faith—but even if you, like myself, are not of that faith, it doesn't lessen the gentle rhythm of this book. A fantastically written debut.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant debut for E.M, who proves that a light touch can be most satisfying and more romantic than heavy details. Focusing on a slow build up, the characters grow and change organically into a beautiful and well written love story.
Fábio Galdino
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meus judeus ❤️❤️❤️ Livro sem conflito babaca, os que surgem não são os típicos de filme de comédia romântica. Coisa mais linda.
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