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Handsome As Anything

Handsome As Anything

by Merrill J. Gerber

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Gr 7 Up-- Rachel Kaminsky, 16, is a contemporary Jew whose parents no longer go to the synagogue. During the summer before twelfth grade, she finds herself attracted to three boys: one is going to be a rabbi; one rides a motorcycle and studies Zen; one is studying to be a baker and comes from a non-Jewish German family. At first the story seems to center on Rachel's search for the right young man. It is, in fact, the story of her search for identity. Readers ``hear'' the thoughts that drift through Rachel's head as she questions religion, prejudice, women's lib, tradition, and relationships in order to come to terms with her own future. Unlike most of Gerber's young-adult novels, this one does not deal with a teen in a crisis situation. Instead, it is a simple, easy-to-follow story of a girl obsessed with many of the concerns of most teens. Character and plot development are appropriately light. Those looking for a pleasant story will welcome this addition to their library's collection. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Lib . System, Garland

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