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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440556555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440556555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yael Levy holds a degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A freelance illustrator and journalist, Yael has been published in numerous venues, most notably The Jerusalem Post. A native New Yorker, Yael currently resides in Georgia with her family.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Dialogue on November 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm an Orthodox Jewish girl living in Brooklyn and going through the Jewish dating process. Now, there are quite a few segments of the Orthodox Jewish community, each of which does things slightly different than the others. Unfortunately, Yael Levy took what could have been an eye-opening view of how the communities work, but instead she lumped together little bits and pieces from a few different "stripes" to create a wholly unrealistic picture of how Orthodox girls think and talk about dating, love, and marriage. I stopped reading after the second chapter, because there are so many inconsistencies within those two chapters that I felt sick knowing that this is now what the world will see as truth about Jewish girls.

For one thing, the bit about the "wailing bride" who is justified in crying because she only met her future husband six times: Girls from this kind of background don't have friends who during the smorgasbord comment on how she'll "have to sleep with him tonight." Sex is a private topic that isn't sullied by casual conversation, and this thought wouldn't even enter their minds. It's an intrusion of the bride's privacy to discuss it. More than that, though, a girl who has been raised to see marrying a man after only six dates as normal would not be crying at her wedding. These brides have faith in the system and approach marriage very differently than the typical American. If a bride was crying, having doubts, only a dysfunctional family would force her to go through with the wedding. Maybe a bride or two has had desperate crying fits, but the book makes it seem normal - it isn't.

Then there's the friendship between Leah and Rachel. If Leah's mother is so entrenched in old-world ways, she would never have sent her to a school where she would meet Rachel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Consumer Extraordinaire on November 26, 2012
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As an orthodox girl in this chapter of life, I have to give it to author Yael Levy! I have been so tired of reading books and watching movies about how the secular cultures dates and mates, and the orthodox books usually aren't realistic portrayals of what really goes on. Brooklyn Love just captured exactly what dating when you are committed to a religion is like. Finally I found something that gets me! I am recommending this to all my friends- orthodox, jewish, non jewish, whatever! It's a fab love story and I think a lot of people would be interested to get an insight of what dating is like for girls like me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan on November 26, 2012
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I, too, am an Orthodox Jew who read Brooklyn Love. I was able to enjoy the book as an excellent work of fiction. Writers are allowed a certain amount of lassitude, and fictional novels do not have to accurately report upon society! Yael Levy is a novelist, not a reporter, so it's okay if there are a few inconsistencies or inaccuracies. This is a great book for anyone who likes a bit of escapist romance!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JewishArtbyAnn on October 5, 2012
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I recently had the opportunity to interview with the author, Yael Levy, for my blog. Here are some of the highlights:

--What sparked the idea for you to write a romance-comedy novel based in the Orthodox Jewish world?

While I love reading literary novels, I find most "great literature" tends to be depressing. If most novels about observant Jews are literary- the public gets a really skewed version of what Orthodox Jews and a religious lifestyle are all about. I wanted to show a lighter side of my community and yes, while there are social problems- there's also a lot of humor- and love inherent in the culture.

--Have you been getting any uniquely Jewish reactions to your book that you might not have gotten for a regular romance?

I've been hearing from a lot of people that they have to get the book for a girl they know who is currently in "shidduchim." Most people in the dating game are grappling with a lot of issues I bring up in the book. And nobody has been talking about how to deal with the issues in any kind of logical or realistic manner. (Yes! If boys date girls older than them then ALL the problems will be solved!)

--What's your own personal story of `romance'- How did you meet your husband?

After shidduch dating for five years, I was utterly burnt-out and decided there had to be a better way: I threw out my checklist and decided to just let things develop naturally.
When a friend asked me `what I was looking for in a man' I told her it boiled down to someone good-hearted who I found attractive (and took a responsibility to work and provide for his family.) My friend set me up with her friend's brother and when she told me more about him, my initial reaction was "No!" We had different backgrounds...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literary Litter on September 26, 2013
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I'm going to review this book a bit differently than I normally do, mostly because I'm disappointed in the other reviews I've read of this book. Instead of just giving my own thoughts, I want to delve a little deeper and explain them, as well as why I'm disappointed in some of the reviews. Before I do, I want to state that I only read reviews of a book after I've read it, so that it doesn't color my reading experience at all.

This book is about the stories of 3 young Orthodox Jewish women. They're all three attempting to find their places in the world, and in relationships. With family, religious and peer pressures upon them, this is a difficult task. All three women must decide which direction their lives will go in and how strongly their willing to fight for their own freedoms and choices.

My disappointment with some of the reviews comes with the fact that several of them completely missed the point. This book is not about Orthodox Jews. There is no conversion attempt here. No religion is being typecast here. There are several different families that have different versions of what being an Orthodox Jew is. It's portrayed in several ways. Every religion has it's own set of suggestions/rules. Every parent has it's own set of suggestions/rules. Every peer group has it's own set of suggestions/rules. There is no attack on Orthodox Jews. There is no specific love for Orthodox Jews. They just happen to be the religion of the main characters in the book. Those who are avoiding this book due to the religious content and what's being said, don't. Read it for yourself and look past what others are saying. There's a valuable story here meant for everyone if you're able to do that.
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