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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristina Grish is the author of three books, including Simon Spotlight Entertainment's Boy Vey! The Shiksa's Guide to Dating Jewish Men. She's currently a contributing editor to Marie Claire and has written for Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Teen Vogue, Outside, and Vibe, among others. She lives in New York City. Visit Kristina at www.kristinagrish.com.

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The vacant page-filler that has no beginning, middle or end?
Maria S.
I know that a lot of people really like this book, but I have to say I found it disturbing.
Jennifer A Hamilton, author of Indigeneity in the Courtroom
If you are a Jew, don't review the book either because I think you just don't get it.
Lindsay J. Dubbs

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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book while I was dating a Jew for a few months. It was a lighthearted, occasionally helpful book (I didn't know his neurosis was normal until, to my great relief, I read a chapter on it in this book!). "Boy Vey" does, as others have already pointed out, rely on some stereotypes and generalizations; but hey, generalizations and stereotypes are often there for a reason, so at the very least it helps to what they are, right?! This book helped me (a girl from the rural Midwest... not exactly a place where I grew up with a lot -or any- Jews around, so since I now live in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in a large city I need all the help I can get) clear up a FEW questions I had about my Jewish boyfriend of the time. The book was particularly appealing to me because it is told through the experience of a girl who was raised with a Presbyterian background and who is inexplicably drawn to Jewish men. I was more or less that girl until realized how difficult it truly is to have a successful relationship with a Jewish boy.

From the beginning, this book makes it clear that it will not touch upon the highly controversial issue of interfaith dating, and for a good reason. Interfaith dating (particularly Jewish-Christian interfaith dating) has been a highly passionate religious and cultural debate that's been raging for thousands of years. A few books in the year 2005 aren't going to have the solution to that debate, simply because a few books aren't going to erase or re-write thousands of years of deeply held religious and ethnic traditions and beliefs. So, it makes perfect sense that this book isn't there to touch upon this issue. Fair enough.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently finished Boy Vey - such a quick, funny read - and had more than a few laughs over the dating anecdotes (both the author's and her subjects') presented in this book. I really hope that Grish's readers realize she's speaking from her own experience - and backing up her points with those from the jewish community and interfaith couples - so it's not just her voice that's heard, but a mix of voices. The book is an entertaining but helpful guide, though it definitely requires an open mind and willingness to trust that the author's writing with her tongue firmly planted in cheek. It's a leap of faith I was happy to take - and to that end, really enjoyed. I highly suggest this book and wish her the best of luck!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lady on September 13, 2005
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The problem is that the author is an experienced 'Dater' of Jewish men. She hasn't taken the step to marry one and see all the problems arise. Doron Kornbluth's Why Marry Jewish (written for Jews and non-Jews) deals with the surprises that come after the wedding - many of which would surprise the author.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Faith on June 9, 2005
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This book had me laughing from beginning to end because majority of the things she talks about are so dead on! Coming from a "shiksa's" point of view, Grish nailed it. I was actually talking about this book with one of my clients who was jewish, and he called me last night to tell me that he picked it up for his wife...and his daughter! Even if you aren't dating a jewish man yourself, the book is full of witty lines and makes for a great beach read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Gibbens on October 27, 2005
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I picked this up to help me out with my new (and first!) jewish boyfriend, and it's been very helpful. Especially over the last month, when it saw me through a myriad of new holidays with humor and understanding. I thought the writing was warm and sweet, with every chapter infused with love for these thoughtful and sensitive jewish men. The mom chapter has been especially useful (and apt). They might be stereotypes, but at least in my case, that stereotype is very much the truth and this fun and useful book has helped me get in good with a mother as far from my own as emotionally and psychologically possible. So new Shiksas of the world, give the book a read and hopefully you'll be as thankfully guided along as I was.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a reader on June 9, 2005
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I saw an article about this book in the post, so I checked it out. I have to say, it's much funnier than I thought it would be. I assumed it would be just a collection of warmed-over stereotypes, but Grish is a very funny writer, with an interesting slant on a subject she obviously knows very well. Her chapter titles alone are so well done (SUMMER CAMP IS NOT A CULT AND OTHER HONEST MISTAKES is my personal favorite). What could have been a tired play off of those well known jewish characteristics became under Grish's affectionate pen a warm look at her favorite dating species. I am not a shiksa, so I can't attest to how well the book works for those women out there looking to get in good with the jewish guys, but the advice seemed on the money to me. More importantly, it was funny advice. Highly recommended.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maria S. on October 23, 2005
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What was the most annoying part . . . the stereotypes that are scattered through the book? The vacant page-filler that has no beginning, middle or end? The Jewish recipes that include a corned beef sandwich on buttered bread? The fact that the author shows no respect for Judaism or its tenets? Can't make up my mind. If you must read, take it out of the library. Don't waste a penny on this insipid drivel.
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