In the Neighborhood of True

In the Neighborhood of True Review

A 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.

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Wow, this book. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Ruth Robb and her family move from New York City to Atlanta in 1958. Her father has recently passed away, which triggered the move. Ruth’s family is Jewish, and one ...

  • Berit???

    ”When hatred shows its face you need to make a little ruckus. And you dear Ruthie, you made a very important little ruckus.” Susan Kaplan Carlton has written a compelling story that is loosely b...

  • Kai

    "When hatred shows its face, you need to make a little ruckus."So you would think that antisemitism is just as much a thing of the past as people saying "swell" whenever they thought something was coo...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    DNFIs this an important topic? Absolutely! Does this book deserve to be read by loads of people? Yes, yes, yes. Did it work for me? Not in the slightest.This feels like one of those "it's not you, it'...

  • Alana ? thebookishchick

    WHY ARE MORE PEOPLE NOT TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK?Seriously, this was so good and such an important read. It's scary and sad to think that a book set in 1958 can still tie so heavily into today's societ...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Ruth Robb is a teenager hiding a big secret from her friends. She recently moved to Atlanta from New York City where she was raised in a Jewish home. After her father's death, her mom decided to move ...

  • Vicky Who Reads

    4 starsContent Warnings: (view spoiler)[antisemitic hate crimes (the book obviously disapproves of this), racism (small amounts, not condoned) (hide spoiler)]In the Neighborhood of True surprised me i...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Wow, this was such a pleasant surprise, and so timely. I picked up an ARC of this one at ALAMW after seeing that it was historical fiction set in Atlanta in the 1950’s, and this did not disappoint. ...

  • Rachel Solomon

    Blurb TK, but this book made me feel so seen? Despite being set in 1958? A rough read at times, but a very necessary one. I'm so thrilled to see a Jewish historical that doesn't revolve around WWII. ...

  • Vanessa (The Bookish Deer)

    DNF at 13% ...