matthue roth's never mind the goldbergs
aw, this book was cute. it's about an orthodox girl in new york who gets hired as the only jewish actor on a show about an orthodox family (the titular goldbergs). lots of orthodox-girl-in-the-big-city sorts of things, as she struggles to fit in with her castmates and the other hollywood sorts, but even when she has trouble maintaining her integrity, she's still very likable. the supporting characters, particularly her best friend ian, her classmate and wannabe filmmaker moish, and her coworker evie, are also pretty enjoyable. i can't figure out if this is supposed to be a YA novel or not--i think it would appeal to middle- and high-school-age girls, for sure--but i think there's a lot a nearly grown-up jewish gal like me can get out of it too . . . and possibly (probably) non-jews of all ages, since it's got the whole coming-of-age, fish-out-of-water thing going on. anyway, it was totally cute, so i give it a rave.