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A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eag
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Kayla
Dec 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
I don't know why Edelweiss is suddenly deciding to approve me for ARCs but I am so excited to read this
Dahlia
I'm too pressed for time to write a review right now but I really hope I get off my lazy butt and do it because I liked this a lot and it feels so incredibly relevant, more so even than when the author actually wrote it, because there are so many shades of the Pittsburgh shooting here in the sense of the institution having social justice goals being central to its being targeted. More later, but put it on your TBR now. (Though heads-up for a gay slur and obviously racism and anti-Semitism. Negro ...more
Rachel Solomon
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blurb TK, but this book made me feel so seen? Despite being set in 1958? A rough read at times, but a very necessary one. I'm so thrilled to see a Jewish historical that doesn't revolve around WWII.
Amy
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Ahhh, the dreaded three-star review. For some, this signals a disappointment. For others, it signals a book that the reviewer just doesn't care that much about. For me, it's a bit of both with this book. I was VERY excited to pick this up and was hoping for a strong addition to my historical fiction collection (which is pretty heavily trafficked in my building), but I didn't find it here
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Danelle The Librarian
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Ruth Robb is a teenager recently recloates from NYC to Atlanta due to her father’s sudden death. As if that wasn’t hard enough, she is a Jew in the South in the late 1950’s-1960’s, an era where Jews were seen as outsiders. Ruthie’s father used to tell her, “set your watch back thirty years” as they made the trip from NYC to visit the family in Atlanta. Her high society grandmother (a Christian)has told her to keep her Judaism a secret as she tries to navigate private Christian HS, a new friend,
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Rachel
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars - This was an interesting story set in 1958 Atlanta and loosely based on the Atlanta Temple Bombing. After her father dies, Ruth's mother takes her and her sister back to Georgia to live with her grandparents. In order to fit in, Ruth hides the fact that she is Jewish. But I thought this part of the premise wasn't plausible. Ruth's mother, who had been a debutante and "Queen of the Magnolia Ball," returned to her hometown after essentially running away to New York to convert to Judai ...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of a young girl who wants to fit in and be popular but also wants to be true to her heritage and stand up for what is right. It is a nice portrayal of life in the South in the 50's with the emergence of the civil rights movement along with the angst of the teenage years. For the young reader this is an enjoyable read set in an interesting historical context that will leave them with something relevant to today's world. I give it a whole-hearted recommend!
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Kathryn Burak
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Ruth moves to Atlanta from NYC after her father's death, she opens herself up to trying on a new life and sinks into Southern charm as if it were a nice warm bubble bath. It's a great escape from her loss, but it doesn't last long. This is the kind of story you won't be able to put down--not just because of the luscious world of Atlanta in 1958 is so real in this book, but because the choices Ruth has to make are so gripping. You'll read this in one sitting.
Sarah Rodriguez
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.*

Such a sweet, amazing, enlightening book! Ruth was so strong while still trying to fit in. I was surprised at the ending and I wished there was a short glimpse into the future for Ruth but I will just make one up myself. Well written and easy to get sucked into.
Kathy
Nov 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Thanks for making me a lucky winner of this book through the First Reads program and I look forward to reading and reviewing!
Marjan
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written novel that brings to life 1950s Atlanta and explores identity and the importance of staying true to ourselves. Gorgeous.
M.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a good read.
Lindsay Schneider
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful bildungsroman. Carlton creates a relatable character who find her way while being torn between what is easy and what is right.
Lyn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
An okay read in the moment, but honestly not all that memorable coming back a couple of weeks later to write a review... The most memorable part is probably the part with the condoms. I hadn't realized that those were used around this time, though it makes sense now that I think about it. It's definitely still surprising to me that the women would have been able to get them easily, though.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written, fresh take on fitting in. Set in 1958, in the pre-civil rights south, Jewish Ruth Robb moves from New York to Atlanta, her mother's hometown, after her father dies. The only way to fit in here is to deny her Jewish identity. It’s even more complicated for Ruth because her mother converted to Judaism. Ruth’s Christian grandmother encourages her to leave that behind and embrace the WASP culture she could legitimately claim so she can join her grandmother's elite social circ ...more
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