It's a Whole Spiel
Get ready to fall in love, experience heartbreak, and discover the true meaning of identity in this poignant collection of short stories about Jewish teens, including entries by David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, and more!
A Jewish boy falls in love with a fel ...more
I’m always looking for anthologies to read because it’s a nice way to discover new authors. When this collection was first announced, I was very excited because it features many authors I follow on social media and enjoy interacting with. Despite not knowing much about Judaism as a religion or culture, I really had a lot of fun reading these stories. They are a wonderful exploration of what being Jewish means, how there are various expressions of the faith and no one o ...more
When I first found out about this anthology on Twitter (I follow both Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman along with a few of the authors that contributed to this book) I almost burst into tears from happiness. In all of the books I’ve read throughout my life, I’ve found very little Jewish representation, and the same can be said for TV shows, m ...more
Thank you to NetGalley, the authors, and the publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not Jewish. Each of these short stories could have told me people who are Jewish drink coffee because it brings them closer to God or some such equally strange nonsense and I would have believed it. Thankfully the authors are all Jewish and probably wouldn’t be too excited about misrepresenting Jewish people.
It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other J ...more
*Before I jump in, I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a physical ARC. This has meant the world to me and being able to review this book and get my hands on a copy before the world gets to see it has meant the world to me. And it has in no way impacted my thoughts or opinions on the fact that I have received an ARC. All opinions are my own. I am also quoting from the ARC, so these are all subject to change.*
These fourteen stories have been the first t ...more
It deserves all the love and attention because of how rare it is to see my religion portrayed in fiction. More importantly, portrayed in its various forms. No matter the level of observance each story had and how they identified themselves, I truly felt connected.
With a foreword by Mayim Bialik this is a fun collection of short stories written by Jewish authors. Each story focuses on a Jewish teen or young adult dealing with not only their religious identity but also very common and thus relatable, life experiences. Of course I preferred some of the stories to others but, overall, I enjoyed the mix of stories and experiences. Although not all of the protagonists held deep religious convictions, one thing that struck m ...more
I never realized how great it feels to read an own voices book. I love the feeling of “getting it”, of understanding that my experiences as a Jewish person is shared by others. That there are universal things we as Jews experience and feel.
I loved this collection of stories and related to many of them. The feelings and questions that each of these young Jewish characters have in the stories are all ones I’ve experienced as I was grow ...more
I did end up giving a higher rating than I thought I would to this book, so I’m not going to jump in right away about how this didn’t really live up to expectations. Because some stories were really good!! But that’s the thing about an anthology, it’s so hard to give a concrete review because there are so many stories of different ratings included in the complete book. My final rating was the average of my separate ratings for al ...more
I've been looking forward to this book since it was announced. Anthologies aren't always my thing, but I'm always looking for Jewish books. I don't find a lot of non-WWII Jewish stories and so I was so excited about this.
And it did deliver on the Jewishness. In all of it's forms. Just like in real life there are so many ways to be Jewish and I loved seeing that in the stories. T...more
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for mental health issues, including eating disorders and social anxiety; bullying; and discussions of homophobia.)
I’ll probably never know what a space station careening through the atmosphere looks like, because I wasn’t looking up anymore. I was looking at him and smiling, and he was smiling back at me, and his braces were gleaming like starlight,...more
Overall this collection was really good. The rating would have been much higher if only one or two stories had not been included but otherwise I think its a really strong collection. Its a really awesome anthology for the Jewish members of the YA reader base. I would like to mention that I am not personally Jewish and therefore cannot review these stories on an Own Voices perspective. However, I do think it is worth mentioning that I have Jewish members of my family whom I am ...more
"Indoor kids" by Alex London
This was ...more
Indoor Kids, Alex London: This was so sweet, and every element of the story worked well together. I loved the romance and the relationship with the campers. 5/5
Two Truths and an Oy, Dahlia Adler: This story looks at what happens to faith when someone leaves home and the tension between fitting in and living your beliefs. The main character was awkward and charming, and I loved this! 5/5
The Hold, David Levithan: This was a beauti ...more
✡ Indoor Kids by Alex London ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Additional rep: gay, mlm
✡ T ...more
Indoor Kids by Alex London: References to anti-semitism. Discussion of death. Recounting of a story where a character was afraid he might get eaten by a lion. Characters are focused on astronauts who are in peril.
Two Truths and an Oy by Dahlia Adler: The MC has a bit of internalized anti-semitism.
The Hold by David Levithan: References to familial and community queer hatred and being a kicked out homeless queer youth.
Aftershocks by Rachel Lynn Solomon: MC with OC ...more
(And I mean that in the best possible way.)
If (like me) you're prone to second-hand embarrassment or stress, you might need to read It's a Whole Spiel with a blanket pulled over your head--which is a lot to say about a book with no horror, no action, and no smut. 100% of the intensity comes from the unbridled, unfiltered teenage emotion wafting off the page in a cloud of hormones. I know that might sound like a drag, but I think that's high praise for young adult! It's es ...more
It's a Whole Spiel is a set of Jewish stories told by diversely Jewish authors. You'll find tales from David Leviathin, Nova Ren Suma, and so many more. Each story takes an in-depth look at what it means to be Jewish; From love at summer camp to a whole plate of spilled latkes, this anthology gives a voice to Jewish people of all walks of life.
Guys, I really loved this book. As mos ...more
It's a Whole Spiel is one of the best depictions of the diverse range of the Jewish experience I've ever seen. I loved the anthology so much. Each story was its own little world, and they all left me both wanting more and satisfied that I knew enough to be content.
The sheer amount of LGBTQA+ representation made me so happy. Lines like, "'I'm not Jewish enough for the Jewish kids, too reli ...more