In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

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Title: In the Neighborhood of True

Author: Susan Kaplan Carlton

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

SynopsisA 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. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.

My Review: What a timely story, even though it’s set in Atlanta in the 1950’s the story much resonates in today’s world. 

The story follows Ruth, she moved with her family from New York to Atlanta after the death of her father, where her life changes dramatically. 

Ruth quickly learns how different things are in the south, and she realizes she has to hide her religion in order to fit in. Ruth attends church every week with her mother, but no one outside her family knows about this. 

She is caught between two worlds (and two boys).

It’s a story of bravery and standing up for what you believe in.. Ruth must choose between her new life, or her true self.. Will she realize what truly matter?

It’s an emotional coming of age novel, and I recommend it to all!!

On Sale April 9th!!  

Thank You #AlgonquinYoungReaders for the advanced digital copy of the novel through in exchange for an honest review.. #Partner

Love, Ellie

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