Brown, Jason Robert & Elish, Dan. 13, a novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

BROWN, Jason Robert & ELISH, Dan. 13, a novel. HarperCollins. 201p. c2008. 978-0-06-078749-3. $15.99. J

Bar mitzvah, divorce, leaving the familiar and moving to a new community--these are the serious themes of this novel for young YAs. Throughout is a healthy sense of the absurd. Evan is accustomed to life in NYC, and a private school filled with fellow students who are also preparing for their bar mitzvahs (some very elaborate); so imagine what a shock to move with his distraught, newly single mother to a small town in Indiana. They manage to find a rabbi but there is no Jewish community and no Jewish place of worship, so Evan is facing a pathetic situation for his coming-of-age celebration. His wish to have a lot of friends attend makes him vulnerable to trying to impress the...

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