In the Neighborhood of True
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 ...more
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Susan Kaplan Carlton has written a compelling story that is loosely based on the 1958 Atlanta temple bombing. My mom was a northerner who moved to the south in the 1950s. I remember her telling me stories of colored water fountains and standing up for Land of Dixie, of debutante balls and sweet tea. It always seems so different from my own upbringing in the melting pot o ...more
Ruth Robb and her family move from New York City to Atlanta in 1958. Her father has recently passed away, which triggered the move. Ruth’s family is Jewish, and one of the first things she learns in Atlanta is that she must choose between being Jewish and being popular.
Ruth desperately wants to fit in like any teen would, and she chooses to hide her religion from her new group of friends. She has a crush on Davis and winds up with him at the club that is all-white and a ...more
So you would think that antisemitism is just as much a thing of the past as people saying "swell" whenever they thought something was cool. But hate and terror against Jews is just as real today as Islamophobia and racism. And I doubt this comes as a surprise to you. As it turns out, the themes of this book are just as relevant today as they were back in the 1960s.
In the Neighborhood of True is an OwnVoices young adult novel loosely ...more
Seriously, this was so good and such an important read. It's scary and sad to think that a book set in 1958 can still tie so heavily into today's society by discussing topics such as antisemitism and racism, but here we are. Now, I can't speak from experience, but I do appreciate books that help put these tough topics into a better perspective for me and that's exactly what this did. I thought the author did an excellent job of talking about Ruth h ...more
Is this an important topic? Absolutely! Does this book deserve to be read by loads of people? Yes, yes, yes. Did it work for me? Not in the slightest.
This feels like one of those "it's not you, it's me!" moments ('you' being the book, and 'me' being, well... me), but the writing style doesn't work for me at all. I also immediately had some huge personal issues with the depictions of characters in this book, and the whole thing just... sigh. It's not for me, fam. I definitely hope others will ...more
Ruth current social life pushes her toward debutante training, teas, and various social clubs. At the same time, she enjoys visits to her temple with her moth ...more
Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[antisemitic hate crimes (the book obviously disapproves of this), racism (small amounts, not condoned) (hide spoiler)]
In the Neighborhood of True surprised me in a lot of ways.
There’s not a lot of historical fiction with Jewish protagonists that’s not about the Holocaust, but Susan Kaplan Carlton writes a novel set in 1958 about a Jewish girl who moves from New York City to Atlanta and hides her religion in order to fit in.
It’s a very quiet and understat ...more
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF TRUE deals with themes that are, unfortunately, all too timely. I originally picked this up because of the setting, and as a lifelon ...more
Thank you so much to Algonquin Books for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
"In the neighborhood of true...that's what we say when something's close enough."
Set in the late 1950s, this historical ownvoice novel centers on Ruth Robb, a 16-year-old girl who's desperately trying to make sense of the world around her. Recently uprooted from the life she knew, Ruth quickly finds herself immersed into the pastel world of debutante balls, etiquett ...more
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When it comes Historical Fiction books it’s always a hit or miss with me, never in the middle. It’s a genre I don’t read too often and I’m careful with picking up since misses happen more often than hits. But every once in a while a book like In the Neighborhood of True comes along and changes my mind. Because the thing that this book does best is th ...more
It's the 1950's in NYC and Ruth Robb's father has just died. Her mother whisks her and her sister away from the city they call home, to what feels like another world. 1950's Atlanta to live with her grandparents. ...more
This book left me with a heavy heart. The story is set in the past, in 1958, yet many people still experience similar things today. I did enjoy reading about this through a historical ...more
61 years - that is the amount of time in between 2019 and 1958. But even with six decades separating then and now the events of 1958 still resonate, ripple down our today.
I don't know what that says about us as human beings, about our ineptitude and willful ignorance, repeating all our past mistakes over and over again.
Loosely inspired by the October 1958 bombing of the H ...more
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.
Real rating: 3,75 stars.
Do you remember Hart of Dixie? That sunny and humid Alabama where our main character - portrayed by Rachel Bilson - moves into from New York? And suddenly there are young girls all around her worried about their debutant ball ...more
- The historical storyline of this book is one that needs to be told. Of course I had heard of lynchings and the racism in the United States during the Civil Rights era, but I had no idea that Jews were also discriminated against and hated so harshly.
- Setting. I adored the way the setting was described and how all the traditi ...more
This is such a necessary and great story about identity, history, and accountability. In the Neighborhood of Truth follows Ruth Robb, New York transplant as she navigates the racially and anti semitic environment of her new home in min-1905s Atlanta. I immediately liked Ruth. Even though she’s unsure of how much of her identity she wants to reveal, she is confident in herself. And her love of all things fashion and beauty related. I also really loved the family dynamic in the story. The ...more
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trigger warnings for antisemitism, racism, terrorist behavior. somebody explain to me how this book is set in 1958 when everything that happened in it could’ve happened in 2019 and it would still be relevant?? 1958 AND 2019 ARE 60 YEARS APART. this is such a heartbreaking and disappointing thought and I can’t believe ...more
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the summary for this upcoming book, I got so excited to read a story entrenched in historical detail about 1950s society and the racial divides through young eyes. Unfortunately, this book fails to deliver on its lovely premise and quickly becomes hard to read. Rather than develop Ruth as a well rounded character, she is flat and show ...more
Ruth is a Jewish young woman in the 1950’s south where Jim Crow and the KKK are still part of every day life. It may be in the shadow’s but segregation is still very much a thing, and coming from New ...more
Ruth, her mother, and her sister have moved from New York to Atlanta to live with her grandparents after her father’s sudden ...more
This historical fiction takes place in 1958 in a time where Jews were discriminated against by other religions. This showed a double life between Jewish culture and debutante lifestyle. I never had any information on debutante life and I was pleasantly surprised and a bit appalled with how some of these characters were obsessed with being the best and acting “proper” when in reality some were plain rude and snobby. The main charact ...more