368 pages; published July 2014
Devorah, an obedient member of the Hasidic Jewish community, steps onto the wrong elevator at the wrong time. A power outage thrusts her into forbidden conversation with Jaxon, the hard-working, nerdy son of West Caribbean immigrants. Unable to stop thinking about each other, Devorah and Jaxon risk everything for an ever-deepening romance.
I like the teen romance aspect of this book. Jaxon and Devorah were easy to enjoy as characters and easy to root for as a couple of Romeo and Juliet-style star-crossed lovers. The true fascination of the book, however, was Devorah’s questioning of her ability to live within the bounds of a strict religious community – in this case, Hasidic Judiasm. Devorah is a good girl who had always obeyed the many rules of her faith. After a perfect storm of events leaves her stuck in an elevator with Jaxon, a boy not only from different cultural roots but from a completely different lifestyle, she finds herself pulled to him. Something in her compels her to pursue a secret relationship that changes her view of her family, her faith, and her future. This book has great characters, fascinating cultural insights, and an ending that is, well, like no other.
Recognition and Honors (Source: Goodreads.com)
- Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2014
- Indie Next List Pick, Summer 2014
- 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection
- Los Angeles Times Summer Reading Guide Selection
- Entertainment Weekly YA Novel to Watch Out For
I’ll Recommend This to …
- Fans of contemporary romance like Eleanor & Park
- Readers with a flair for the dramatic
- Anyone fascinated by the question of how youth respond to strict upbringing