Goy Crazy

Goy Crazy

by Melissa Schorr

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Overview

Rachel Lowenstein can't help it. She's got a massive crush on a goy: Luke Christensen, the gorgeous star of the basketball team at St. Joseph's prep.

But as the name implies, he's not exactly in Rachel's tribe. Rachel just knows her parents would never approve.

Then Rachel's Jewish grandmother issues a stern edict––"Don't go with the goyim!"-– sealing Rachel's fate and presenting her with a serious dilemma.

Everyone's got an opinion--from her annoying neighbor Howard to her newly social-climbing best friend. Should Rachel follow her heart and turn her back on her faith? Or should she heed her family's advice and try and find a nice Jewish boy?

With an unforgettable cast of characters and razor-sharp wit, Melissa Schorr's debut novel is an engaging comedy about a girl's decision to go goy crazy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012208569
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 208 KB

About the Author

Melissa Schorr, the author of the comedic young adult novel GOY CRAZY, is a widely published freelance journalist currently living outside Boston.

As a native New Yorker, she grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and attended the Bronx High School of Science and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism outside of Chicago. Upon graduating, she returned to New York and began her publishing career at Working Woman and GQ magazines.

While working in the editorial department at GQ, she proposed a humorous essay called “The Joys of Goys,” about her personal experience dating non-Jewish men. That generated national attention from angry rabbis to admiring prison inmates (as well as her agent), and served as the inspiration for her novel, about a Jewish girl who falls for a Catholic boy.

She has served as a stringer for People magazine, a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun, a features reporter for the Oakland Tribune, and an editor at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

Her work has also appeared in more than 20 publications, including Glamour, Self, Allure, Marie Claire, Bride’s, Baby Talk, Working Mother, In Style, Esquire, San Francisco, National Geographic Traveler, Wired magazine, as well as newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and the San Jose Mercury News, and websites including Lifetimetv.com, Reuters Health and WebMD.

She was awarded a 2000 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Schorr currently lives outside Boston, Mass., with her husband, her daughters and her dog, Bailey.

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Goy Crazy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
All a girl wants to do is find the love of her life, or in this case a high school sweetheart. Fortunately for Rachel Lowenstein, she has just found the guy at her brother's bar mitzvah. He's handsome, a basketball player, and his name is Luke Christiansen. Which is the only problem she has with Luke--his last name. All Rachel hears from her grandmother and family is how she should find a respectable Jewish boy to date and marry. But crushing on Luke may not be the best choice for Rachel since he is far from being Jewish; he celebrates Christmas! So Rachel decides that she is tired of all the problems that she faces, from bad hair to having hardly any friends, and makes up her own teen commandments, which she occasionally changes, and which she hopes to break.

So Rachel begins to change the way she does things. She starts acting dumb in math class, lies to her family, and tries her best to keep Luke a secret. Besides that, Rachel also has to deal with her only best friend, Jen, who is trying to get into the popular crowd; Leah, her only other real friend who keeps on warning Rachel about her wrongdoings; and Howard, Rachel's neighbor turned enemy.

Yet Rachel starts to second-guess her decisions and wonders if they are really worth all the lies and deception when the ultimate tragedy happens to her. Is Luke really the guy for her; is acting dumb in math class worth the "popular" points? Rachel ends up discovering her true self and sees that change just isn't for her.

GOY CRAZY is sweet, tragic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. With her first teen novel, Ms. Schorr successfully makes her main character understandable, relatable, and, above all, realistic. By the end of the novel, readers will be glad about Rachel's final decisions, yet sad that the novel is over. GOY CRAZY was a fantastic read that left me wanting more. I just hope there will be a follow-up to this novel.
AmeliaTheYoungAuthor More than 1 year ago
Goy Crazy! The book is great. And Shares a plot that most kids of every religion can relate to. This is a book that would be great to share with friends. All the way through the book, it challenges against Rachel and Jen, Rachel and Leah, Rachel and Howard, Rachel and Tara, Rachel and Her Parents, and then theirs Luke the only person who seems to understand her...Or so she thinks. This is a book that if you see it on the shelf at your schools library...Pick it Up!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
All a girl wants to do is find the love of her life, or in this case a high school sweetheart. Fortunately for Rachel Lowenstein, she has just found the guy at her brother¿s bar mitzvah. He¿s handsome, a basketball player, and his name is Luke Christiansen. Which is the only problem she has with Luke--his last name. All Rachel hears from her grandmother and family is how she should find a respectable Jewish boy to date and marry. But crushing on Luke may not be the best choice for Rachel since he is far from being Jewish he celebrates Christmas! So Rachel decides that she is tired of all the problems that she faces, from bad hair to having hardly any friends, and makes up her own teen commandments, which she occasionally changes, and which she hopes to break. So Rachel begins to change the way she does things. She starts acting dumb in math class, lies to her family, and tries her best to keep Luke a secret. Besides that, Rachel also has to deal with her only best friend, Jen, who is trying to get into the popular crowd Leah, her only other real friend who keeps on warning Rachel about her wrongdoings and Howard, Rachel¿s neighbor turned enemy. Yet Rachel starts to second-guess her decisions and wonders if they are really worth all the lies and deception when the ultimate tragedy happens to her. Is Luke really the guy for her is acting dumb in math class worth the ¿popular¿ points? Rachel ends up discovering her true self and sees that change just isn¿t for her. GOY CRAZY is sweet, tragic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. With her first teen novel, Ms. Schorr successfully makes her main character understandable, relatable, and, above all, realistic. By the end of the novel, readers will be glad about Rachel¿s final decisions, yet sad that the novel is over. GOY CRAZY was a fantastic read that left me wanting more. I just hope there will be a follow-up to this novel. **Reviewed by: Randstostipher 'tallnlankyrn' Nguyen
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is fantastic I can totally relate to Rachel and should be read by everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Every chapter was very interesting and I was always cracking up! You should definately read this book! I would totally recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was amazing! It took a while to get to the point but when it got there it was great. It stayed at a high point until it ended! I knew that she wasn't going to stay with Luke and that she was going to get with Howard. Most books go that way girl gets guy but then starts to like guy that she's known her whole life once he becomes popular. But it was a really great book.