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Once More with Chutzpah

1.88  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An intensely readable and moving YA debut about a teen who grapples with questions of her Jewish identity, mental health, and sexuality on an unforgettable trip to Israel.

When high school senior Tally and her twin brother Max head off on an exchange trip to Israel over their winter break, Tally thinks it will be a good distraction for Max; he might be trying to hide it, bu
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 26th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA (first published 2021)
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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
Feb 12, 2021 marked it as nope-thanks-i-hate-it
a list of things that are bad:

• ✨genocide✨

• ✨ethnic cleansing✨

• ✨apartheid✨

• ✨mass incarceration✨

• ✨commiting war crimes✨

• ✨commiting murder✨

• ✨being an IDP✨

• ✨being under occupation✨

• ✨illegal annexations of land✨

• writing a fun self discovery story that takes place somewhere where all this is occuring and completely ignoring the issues and glorifying the situation.

For an explanation read this:

unknown pokemon
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2021 marked it as no-support-at-all
Please listen to the Palestinians bringing attention to this problematic book, please educate yourselves about occupation and annexation, please realise how this story would be ignoring the oppression by Israel through a trip — even if unintentional — wrapped in propaganda covers, and please don't fall for a cute cover without attempting to understand the concerns raised by Palestinian readers and others.

↣ read this and this
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
Feb 14, 2021 marked it as imma-just-nope-the-fuck-out-of-here
could we maybe just... not?

so done with this shit.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let's not glorify/trivialize genocide

Let's do support Palestinian and Central Asian authors :)
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
Feb 12, 2021 added it
Shelves: uhh-no
please so many problematic books being published these days istg
Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zero-stars
Can people just...not pull this kind of bullshit? We don't need another book invalidating thousands of lives and glorifying the erasure of culture. We already have a whole country that does that. 🖕🏽 ...more
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
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
EDIT: got asked by a zionist where my knowledge of zionism comes from, so I thought I'd paste my answer here, since that zionist is obviously not gonna care about what a Palestinian has to
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
glorifying birthright? not actually dope
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. ...more
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.
Feb 12, 2021 marked it as avoiding
when someone from palestine tells you to not read this book because its concept is problematic, you listen.

for more on what’s happening in palestine, click here.

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Jewish demis? Queer jews? grappling with our place in diaspora? wow I am so very here for this.
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. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Some crazy zionist BS
Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
We don't need a book that ignores what Palestinians went through and romanticizes apartheid ...more
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 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
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Feb 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
Palestinian readers have voiced concerns about this book and it is still being published. Please read the other reviews and utilize the resources in them to learn more about why this book is problematic. This book is an attempt to pinkwash and disregard the genocide and apartheid of Palestinians.

More about pinkwashing:
Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
actually no
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
Jul 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book is full of propaganda and should not be published!!
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