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Once More with Chutzpah
Haley Neil
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Once More with Chutzpah

1.70  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When high school senior Tally and her twin brother Max head off on a weeklong Birthright trip to Israel over their winter break, Tally thinks it will be a good distraction for Max; he might be trying to hide it, but Tally knows he’s still struggling in the wake of a car crash that injured him and killed the driver, who was driving drunk on the way home from a party. Maybe ...more
Expected publication: 2021 by Bloomsbury
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Jul 01, 2020 marked it as uhhh-no
instead of reading or supporting this book, you should donate to these organizations, and educate yourself about Palestine using this carrd or these resources <3 ...more
Clem (the villain's quest)
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
yes i love to read some roadtrip in israel while thousands of ppl are being targeted for religious hate crimes and having to flee their home country bc they fear for the lives. perfect place to set a roadtrip.
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Jul 01, 2020 marked it as wouldnt-touch-with-a-10-foot-pole
no thank you, in this house we do not support books passed off as fun romps through an apartheid, settler state that routinely murders, displaces and subjugates palestinians. :)
Jul 02, 2020 added it
None of the people "reviewing" this book have read it -- because it has not yet been published and no arcs have been released. Instead they are here to object the idea of a book set in Israel -- without knowing what it is actually about or how it may deal with nuanced issues. They are saying that an #ownvoices author may not write about her own experiences. I am sure that they do not express disgust at every book set in the US despite our deep problems. I doubt they would reject a book from any ...more
Angela Domingo
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
"Becky Albertalli meets Birthright". Birthright trips are Zionist propaganda that literally removes Palestine from Israeli maps. Instead of supporting this book, we should educate ourselves about Palestine and its annexation by Israel. Once More with Chutzpah is just pinkwashing the occupation of Palestine. You can learn more about the situation in Palestine through grassroots organizations like the Palestinian Youth Movement. ( ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
A book that ignores the plight of Palestinians and the genocide faced at the hands of Israel. How can someone who claims to support BLM turn around in the same breath and write a cutesy book set in Israel?

Despite the efforts of a Palestinian activist to reach out and get in contact with both the author and agent, with feedback that they need to address the occupation in Palestine, both author and agent ignored them.

Read books written by Palestinian authors instead, or books by authors who don't
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Of all publishing news I expected to hear this year, that of a YA pinkwashing the propaganda machine of birthright trips is not it! Millions of Palestinian refugees are denied the right to go home and yet this author thought Israel would be the ideal setting for a ~quirky self discovery journey~..... hard pass
Jul 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Criticizing a book that hasn’t even been published yet?? No arcs, no information other than a brief synopsis and pressuring the publisher to cease publication??? Yeah OKAY that seems right and just.

I’m not about it.

The book sounds super exciting and fun, and the author has released a statement where she acknowledges the hate she’s getting, hears what they’re saying, and says to have faith in her. Let her write about her experience and beliefs. Not allowing her otherwise is straight up unfair a
Siwar Cat
Jul 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
A yes, I would love to read this book, especially since I, as a Palestinian, am not allowed to live in my own country. My great-grandmother was forced to escape Palestine and lived her whole life wishing she could go back to her home. She died a few years ago without fulfilling her wish. It absolutely disgusts me that you would write about this.
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Jul 02, 2020 marked it as the-spam-list
Please don't read this awful book.
Yann Steunou-Murray
Jul 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am afraid I cannot support this book's very premise. The concept of a birthright trip is a slap in the face to many Palestinians who still hold on to the keys of the homes they were forced to flee in 1948 with equal parts hope and desperation and are systematically denied the right to ever set foot in their homeland ever again. Palestinian activist Emily Khalifeh very politely reached out the author, agent and editor of this book only to be ignored until very recently. I would strongly advise ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let's not glorify/trivialize genocide

Let's do support Palestinian and Central Asian authors :)
Jewish demis? Queer jews? grappling with our place in diaspora? wow I am so very here for this.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am beyond disgusted! How the hell is this book getting published??!!


** If you don't know what's wrong with this book, I'll just leave this here:

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Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
glorifying birthright? not actually dope
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Absolutely mortified at this book. Palestinians have been kicked out their homes by colonisers and you’re choosing to write a book on a person who goes on a ‘birthright’ trip to a country that’s not even hers in the first place?! Ridiculous. Remove this book immediately.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is equivalent to a plantation owner writing a "fun romp" about raping, enslaving and murdering Black people. Except it's modern day colonizing of Palestinians who are being murdered.
rachel she/her
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
oh absolutely not. it's vile to write a book about a jewish teen realizing her sexuality during a disgusting genocide/settler-colonialism propaganda trip.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
As some people have said: not every book set in Israel is inherently Zionist. This book is, though, so lobbing accusations of anti-Semitism against rightfully angry critics is at BEST misguided. Birthright is Zionist propaganda. Pinkwashing is Zionist propaganda. The author’s inability to recognize that an American Jewish woman (like me, by the way, so think twice before you say haters of this book are just anti-Semitic) having complicated feelings about Israel means NOTHING compared to the apar ...more
Mars Abstract
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
It is not necessarily an evil to set a book in Israel, however, portraying a birthright trip as a way to discover yourself and your lgbt identity is colonial propaganda. To insinuate that it’s someone’s birthright to enter a land that was stolen from the people who lived there is entirely inappropriate and is not something we should be publishing under the guise of lgbt representation. Ashkenazi American experiences are not the sole face of Jewish culture, and Zionism should not be lauded as a p ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Free Palestine and don’t glorify birthright to an audience by making it “progressive” because the main character is queer
Jennifer Samson
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Until Palestinians are allowed into their OWN HOMELAND, books like this are nothing but propagana. The author MUST see this. This book is glorifying how great it is that anyone from anywhere in the world who agrees with Israel's oppression of Palestinians can just tramp all around Palestine and feel a devine sense of belonging there. While the Palestinians who were born there are kept out. Gay Palestinians are murdered for their orientation while privileged kids from around the world are told th ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
As others have mentioned, this book isn't inherently Zionist because it's set in Israel. It's Zionist because it promotes Zionist propaganda through birthright and pinkwashing. It ignores the plight of Palestinians and uses 'progressive' themes to try to make it seem better. This book isn't out yet but the premise alone, along with the author's lack of real engagement with the criticisms are enough to write it off. This book is an insult to Palestinians and their suffering at the hands of an opp ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Walking all over the struggle and livelihoods of people who have been forced out of their land and killed for being a certain ethnicity is not good even it you’re jewish. Also Gay Rights! Shouldn’t be the the pretty curtain that hides all the oppression of Palestinians. Especially since the lgbt community of Palestine is most definately still being destroyed.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Pinkwashing trash. Zionist propaganda birthright trips are not an appropriate setting for something as lighthearted and seemingly progressive as a gay Jewish teenage self discovery story. This book is extremely disrespectful and insulting to Palestinians and the oppression they face.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is Zionist propaganda. Using the experiences of an American Jewish person who had never previously set foot in historic Palestine to paper over the ongoing experiences of Palestinians who were forced from their homeland not even a generation ago is absolutely disgusting.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book is full of propaganda and should not be published!!
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Some crazy zionist BS
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book is disgusting israeli propaganda. you don’t have a “birthright” to other peoples’ homes. free palestine
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
#gaysagainstpinkwashing boo we hate your colonialist propaganda
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