Ellie Gold lives in Toronto with her parents and her older sister. She is an Orthodox Jewish teen who takes her religious and familial responsibilities seriously. While spending the summer at a cottage with her grandmother, Ellie meets someone: Lindsay, a bold, sexually charged teen girl also from Toronto. Ellie is confused by her feelings for Lindsay and starts to question her identity, her religion, and her sexuality.
I really liked the way that this book explored questions of identity and faith. It made it seem more weighty than a regular relationship novel. While not caring for Lindsay as a 'person,' I enjoyed her as a character, particularly because of what she prompted in Ellie. I liked seeing Ellie's relationships with her mom, dad, sister, and grandmother (all very different) and how those grew and changed over the course of the story. And on another note, it's always great to see novels set in Canadian locations (such as Toronto).
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Rumspringa: To Be or Not To Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
A Brief History in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
The God Box by Alex Sanchez
Ash by Malinda Lo