Like No Other

eBook Like No Other Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee ReadsBEFORE we get started I think I should clarify what I m going to cover in this review with a list The Jewish Stuff I went to J

eBook Like No Other Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee ReadsBEFORE we get started...I think I should clarify what I'm going to cover in this review with a list.1. The Jewish Stuff: I went to Jewish Private School for 14 years, did a gap year at a midrasha (all-girl's school for Jewish studies) in Israel, and served on the Hillel board at my university for two years. Frum from birth, as Devorah so frankly puts it early on in this story. (Yes, that is a thing and yes, I laughed when I read it.) So, technicalities abound.2. Everything Else: This book will also be reviewed as I review anything else. This also includes the application of Judaism to the story (i.e. more than just the technical bits). The Jewish StuffThere are a lot of things in this book that are dead on. The laws surrounding yichud, yoledet, and tzniut are so spot on I was kvelling. Kosher was explained with ease. There are words and phrases and colloquialisms that are used so well I'd never know Una LaMarche wasn't also frum from birth. The structure of the Jewish community was so familiar it made me cringe because yes of course the Jewish community (no matter how religious) is like a never ending ride on "It's a Small World After All" - which is nice, sometimes, but not nice other times, as Devorah learns in this book.So yeah, greatness. Except... there's this one law, shomer negiah (men and women cannot touch unless they're very closely related or married) that's not mentioned. It's actually violated, for example, when Devorah's brother-in-law hugs her, which is a no. And it struck me as odd because yichud and yoledet have some similarities with this law and I wasn't sure why it was skipped. (Although, I read an ARC and I'm kinda hoping it's different in the final version... I will do a whole write-up if it is. And, trust me, I really want it to be different in the final. I do.)Everything Else:This book starts with Devorah's sister Rose going into labor. They're at the hospital and, of course, the power waits to go out until Devorah's in an elevator with this strange boy, Jaxon. Once stuck, the two talk and quickly find themselves falling for each other. Devorah falls maybe because she's never really been allowed to have anything to do with boys, let alone someone like Jaxon (read: definitely not Jewish). And Jaxon falls maybe because he's a romantic with hormones. The two leave the hospital but neither can stop thinking about the other - as the dual smooth, dual point of view in the book makes quite clear. Devorah can't stop thinking about this different boy who's come in and shaken up what she knows to be the norm and Jaxon likes how different and beautiful Devorah is. So they sneak around and find each other, but neither of them can keep up the charade for long because, hello, that is reality in parental form calling.But here's the thing: Jaxon really has nothing beyond the usual at stake in this relationship. Sure, he gets wrapped up in everything, but his parents won't be angry he's seeing a Jewish girl. They're strict and (naturally) get mad at him when he blows of work and class, but they don't have a true bias against Devorah. It's Devorah who's got everything to lose. Her parents can't understand why she'd want to stray from the path she was raised on. They fear and reject the unknown that is Jaxon. And, while I didn't hate this unbalance, I feel like I wish Jaxon's situation had been a bit more precarious - if only so he could understand why all the risks he took to get close to Devorah only make their relationship even more impossible. (I did love all the parental involvement, though. I love present parents in YA.)But, no matter how much I could have left Jaxon, I just want to taketaketake more of Devorah. Her struggles so hit home with me. Judaism, like every other religion I know, isn't an absolute. There might be a box you can check to denote your general denomination, but it's really more of a sliding scale. I do this, but I don't do that and so on and so forth. What Devorah doesn't realize is that, while her family and community check the box and ignore the scale, the scale is still there and she's allowed to contemplate it (Jaxon is just the extreme of this contemplation).My only disappointment with Devorah is that, while she explores her options in this book - even beyond Jax - she lets other things go out of her desperation to be with Jax. Things she wouldn't have normally let go of if her parents weren't being difficult. I like, and even enjoy, the fact that she follows her heart and strays from one aspect of her Judaism (the bits with Jax), but you don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, y'know? (Like that time she breaks shabbat and, indirectly makes her sister do so as well.) But, I guess she's a teen and that's something a teen might do while figuring out what she really wants in the grand scheme of life, so, okay, I'll push my disappointment aside. Ultimately, this is a story about the struggle for freedom of choice (as every Romeo and Juliet story is). But the choice for each character is different. Of course, Jaxon and Devorah want to choose to be together. That's kind of where it stops for Jax. But Devorah... her struggle for freedom of choice goes deeper. While there are people who choose to live in this very religious, Chabad-Lubavitch world and are perfectly happy with using the laws to create a fulfilling lifestyle for themselves, Devorah isn't. And it's not just because she wants to talk with a boy on the street. She has bigger aspirations than the future she sees for herself in her older sister and, while she doesn't want to abandon or upset her family, she still wants that choice.Yeah. Okay. I could probably write a dissertation about this book, so I'll stop now. But a quick story first: During my gap year, the girls in my year and I met with this woman who was totally secular but decided to become more religious (she's a ba'alat teshuva, as explained in this well-research novel). She ended up dating as Devorah's sister does and she was perfectly happy. None of the girls in my year could understand it. I didn't either. But I realize now that it's not my place to understand it. It's her place. It's Devorah's place. So, regardless of any of my other thoughts, I have to give Una LaMarche major props for reminding me that the world isn't made up of my values and moral. And even more props for reminding me what it means to be free.TL;DR?:This book is great. If you like Romeo and Juliet stories, read it. If you like books with religious facts that are more or less spot on, read it. If you like philosophical books that'll make you think really hard about many things, read it. Basically: just read it.. Like No Other Viral Ebook Fate brought them together Will life tear them apart Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing.Jaxon is a fun loving, book smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls unless you count his four younger sisters They ve spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street TheirFate brought them together Will life tear them apart Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing.Jaxon is a fun loving, book smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls unless you count his four younger sisters They ve spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street Their paths never crossed until one day, they did When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together But how far can they go Just how much are they willing to give up. Una LaMarche is a writer and amateur Melrose Place historian who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, her son, and her hoard of vintage Sassy magazines Una used to be a fancy magazine and newspaper editor before she had a baby and started writing from home, sometimes pantsless, for a living Her first novel, Five Summers, is being released from Razorbill in May, and she s currently in development on a second She also writes for The New York Observer of which she is a former managing editor , The Huffington Post, Vegas Seven, NickMom, and Aiming Low Una continues to blog at The Sassy Curmudgeon, which she started in 2006 as a way to bring shame to her family You can find her on Twitter under the handle sassycurmudgeon If she s not there, she s probably trolling the internet for celebrity blind items or bulk candy.. The best Ebook Like No Other Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee ReadsBEFORE we get started...I think I should clarify what I'm going to cover in this review with a list.1. The Jewish Stuff: I went to Jewish Private School for 14 years, did a gap year at a midrasha (all-girl's school for Jewish studies) in Israel, and served on the Hillel board at my university for two years. Frum from birth, as Devorah so frankly puts it early on in this story. (Yes, that is a thing and yes, I laughed when I read it.) So, technicalities abound.2. Everything Else: This book will also be reviewed as I review anything else. This also includes the application of Judaism to the story (i.e. more than just the technical bits). The Jewish StuffThere are a lot of things in this book that are dead on. The laws surrounding yichud, yoledet, and tzniut are so spot on I was kvelling. Kosher was explained with ease. There are words and phrases and colloquialisms that are used so well I'd never know Una LaMarche wasn't also frum from birth. The structure of the Jewish community was so familiar it made me cringe because yes of course the Jewish community (no matter how religious) is like a never ending ride on "It's a Small World After All" - which is nice, sometimes, but not nice other times, as Devorah learns in this book.So yeah, greatness. Except... there's this one law, shomer negiah (men and women cannot touch unless they're very closely related or married) that's not mentioned. It's actually violated, for example, when Devorah's brother-in-law hugs her, which is a no. And it struck me as odd because yichud and yoledet have some similarities with this law and I wasn't sure why it was skipped. (Although, I read an ARC and I'm kinda hoping it's different in the final version... I will do a whole write-up if it is. And, trust me, I really want it to be different in the final. I do.)Everything Else:This book starts with Devorah's sister Rose going into labor. They're at the hospital and, of course, the power waits to go out until Devorah's in an elevator with this strange boy, Jaxon. Once stuck, the two talk and quickly find themselves falling for each other. Devorah falls maybe because she's never really been allowed to have anything to do with boys, let alone someone like Jaxon (read: definitely not Jewish). And Jaxon falls maybe because he's a romantic with hormones. The two leave the hospital but neither can stop thinking about the other - as the dual smooth, dual point of view in the book makes quite clear. Devorah can't stop thinking about this different boy who's come in and shaken up what she knows to be the norm and Jaxon likes how different and beautiful Devorah is. So they sneak around and find each other, but neither of them can keep up the charade for long because, hello, that is reality in parental form calling.But here's the thing: Jaxon really has nothing beyond the usual at stake in this relationship. Sure, he gets wrapped up in everything, but his parents won't be angry he's seeing a Jewish girl. They're strict and (naturally) get mad at him when he blows of work and class, but they don't have a true bias against Devorah. It's Devorah who's got everything to lose. Her parents can't understand why she'd want to stray from the path she was raised on. They fear and reject the unknown that is Jaxon. And, while I didn't hate this unbalance, I feel like I wish Jaxon's situation had been a bit more precarious - if only so he could understand why all the risks he took to get close to Devorah only make their relationship even more impossible. (I did love all the parental involvement, though. I love present parents in YA.)But, no matter how much I could have left Jaxon, I just want to taketaketake more of Devorah. Her struggles so hit home with me. Judaism, like every other religion I know, isn't an absolute. There might be a box you can check to denote your general denomination, but it's really more of a sliding scale. I do this, but I don't do that and so on and so forth. What Devorah doesn't realize is that, while her family and community check the box and ignore the scale, the scale is still there and she's allowed to contemplate it (Jaxon is just the extreme of this contemplation).My only disappointment with Devorah is that, while she explores her options in this book - even beyond Jax - she lets other things go out of her desperation to be with Jax. Things she wouldn't have normally let go of if her parents weren't being difficult. I like, and even enjoy, the fact that she follows her heart and strays from one aspect of her Judaism (the bits with Jax), but you don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, y'know? (Like that time she breaks shabbat and, indirectly makes her sister do so as well.) But, I guess she's a teen and that's something a teen might do while figuring out what she really wants in the grand scheme of life, so, okay, I'll push my disappointment aside. Ultimately, this is a story about the struggle for freedom of choice (as every Romeo and Juliet story is). But the choice for each character is different. Of course, Jaxon and Devorah want to choose to be together. That's kind of where it stops for Jax. But Devorah... her struggle for freedom of choice goes deeper. While there are people who choose to live in this very religious, Chabad-Lubavitch world and are perfectly happy with using the laws to create a fulfilling lifestyle for themselves, Devorah isn't. And it's not just because she wants to talk with a boy on the street. She has bigger aspirations than the future she sees for herself in her older sister and, while she doesn't want to abandon or upset her family, she still wants that choice.Yeah. Okay. I could probably write a dissertation about this book, so I'll stop now. But a quick story first: During my gap year, the girls in my year and I met with this woman who was totally secular but decided to become more religious (she's a ba'alat teshuva, as explained in this well-research novel). She ended up dating as Devorah's sister does and she was perfectly happy. None of the girls in my year could understand it. I didn't either. But I realize now that it's not my place to understand it. It's her place. It's Devorah's place. So, regardless of any of my other thoughts, I have to give Una LaMarche major props for reminding me that the world isn't made up of my values and moral. And even more props for reminding me what it means to be free.TL;DR?:This book is great. If you like Romeo and Juliet stories, read it. If you like books with religious facts that are more or less spot on, read it. If you like philosophical books that'll make you think really hard about many things, read it. Basically: just read it.
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  1. Una LaMarche is a writer and amateur Melrose Place historian who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, her son, and her hoard of vintage Sassy magazines Una used to be a fancy magazine and newspaper editor before she had a baby and started writing from home, sometimes pantsless, for a living Her first novel, Five Summers, is being released from Razorbill in May, and she s currently in development on a second She also writes for The New York Observer of which she is a former managing editor , The Huffington Post, Vegas Seven, NickMom, and Aiming Low Una continues to blog at The Sassy Curmudgeon, which she started in 2006 as a way to bring shame to her family You can find her on Twitter under the handle sassycurmudgeon If she s not there, she s probably trolling the internet for celebrity blind items or bulk candy.

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  1. Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee ReadsBEFORE we get startedI think I should clarify what I m going to cover in this review with a list.1 The Jewish Stuff I went to Jewish Private School for 14 years, did a gap year at a midrasha all girl s school for Jewish studies in Israel, and served on the Hillel board at my university for two years Frum from birth, as Devorah so frankly puts it early on in this story Yes, that is a thing and yes, I laughed when I read it So, technicalities abound. [...]


  2. I mostly liked this book, but ended up being disappointed by the end It left me with the sense that, despite the dual narration, Jaxon isn t there to have his own story At the end I felt like his whole character, who I had liked and been invested in, was just a plot device for Devorah s coming of age or whatever.


  3. This book was annoying I grew up in a Lubavitch community, even though my family isn t Hasidic I frequent Crown Heights I ve spent Shabbat and holidays with my friends in their homes there, gone to concerts and galleries and open mics there, eaten in amazing restaurants there But would you know any of that exists in Crown Heights from this book No Crown Heights is a hub of Jewish creativity, but the impression you get from this book is that it s a glorified prison This is a ridiculous portrayal [...]


  4. OMG this book is amazing Can I rate this 6 No Hmm.If you love Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you should really read this This is also about diversity, but about religion and race The religion thing is really well explained, which is really unique to this book I love that extra about this book.I ve read this book because my local bookstore is organizing a YA evening Yes how cool is that and this is one of the two books we are going to talk about the other one is Simon, it is about diversity I [...]


  5. 2.5 stars Is this a romance or a coming of age coming into belief story Sure, it can be both, but I m afraid this book ultimately did not convince me of either Like No Other started out so strong, and I loved the Rainbow Rowell like narrative voice, as well as the meet cute thing and awkward flirting Romantically, things move way, way too fast after that for my taste, however First date, first kiss, first grope the first few initial conversations, those didn t feel earned, either through what we [...]


  6. Warning Possible spoilers ahead.I did not finish this book Regardless, I am rating it one star out of five because what I read just made me so very angry This book is marketed as a modern day West Side Story, featuring a romance between a traditional Hasidic Jew Devorah and a Caribbean boy Jaxon living in New York The two teenagers become trapped on an elevator together when the power goes out at a local hospital They instantly connect and can t stop thinking about each other Devorah is the obed [...]


  7. To me the greatest love story of all time is not really a love story at all It s a story about teenage lust and naivity When I became a teenager myself I started to question if Romeo and Juliet were ever really in love at all Was it just lust Love at first sight seems so unbelievableBut it s Like No Other that made me understand how a person can fall so hard in just a few minutes In the beginning of the book I believed they had fallen in love Never did I question why that happened To Devorah, Ja [...]


  8. Wauw, wat een boek Soms kwam ik er een beetje moeilijk door, maar wat een goed verhaal De hoofdpersonen waren echt ontzettend leuk en hun ontwikkeling vond ik heel speciaal Vooral Devorah vond ik een sterk karakter hebben Zij was echt heel erg goed beschreven Odette, ik weet dat je deze review waarschijnlijk leest super bedankt voor het aanraden Dit boek is inderdaad super goed Als jij niet zo enthousiast was, had ik dit boek nooit opgepakt.


  9. She looks back down at me, and I open my mouth to say what I came to say, but she raises a finger to her lips and shakes her head urgently So I do the only thing I can, the only thing I feel, which is to raise one hand to my heart like I m about to say the Pledge of Allegiance, only not to any flag but to Devorah And I just stare up at her and think, I love you I love you I love you.The light is getting hazy, that soft orangey glow that will soon give way to purple dusk, but it s bright enough s [...]


  10. I dove into Like No Other after Eleanor Park because I felt like my heart hadn t quite been ripped out of my chest and I wanted to finish the job.The story perfectly captures what it is like to be a teenager balancing the religion you were born into with what you know to be true It also re enforces the fact that religion largely benefits straight men The sections where Devorah describes what life is like for Hasidic women reminded me of The Handmaid s Tale What makes her struggle interesting and [...]


  11. I just love this book so much although I wasn t really satisfied with the ending but a good one anyway This book also taught me a lot about religion specifically the practice of Hasidic Still wish that Jaxon and Devorah might end up together even in my dreams Urghh This book broke my heart





  12. I run all the way home, half a mile, my feet barely touching the pavement, my heartbeat flooding my ears again and again like a bass line that sings Devorah, Devorah, Devorah Somebody s been watching too much West Side Story, apparently Jaxon and Devorah were never supposed to meet Nice Jewish Hasidic girls don t mingle with outsiders, especially when said outsider is a young, black teenager But that s exactly what happens when Devorah gets stuck in an elevator during a freak hurricane while vis [...]


  13. Like No Other appears to be a book based on clear, solid divides Jaxon s ancestors are West Indian Devorah s mostly covered skin is pale Jaxon comes from an average happy family Devorah has been raised with restrictive regulations Even the setting physically separates these characters, placing a street between them and confining them to their own neighborhoods and that is not the only thing keeping them apart Devorah and Jaxon can never be together their cultures are simply too different and the [...]


  14. Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading BlogThis is the thing about forbidden love We root for it to work, iron out its creases and prosper so we can believe in the impossible too.Even though Devorah and Jaxon s connection is a bit instantaneous, I was immediately hooked by their intersecting stories, hoping they could get their happily ever after In alternating chapters, we learn of Devorah s devotion to her Hasidic upbringing and the immense love she feels for her family while we see Jax [...]


  15. Man, there was a lot going on in this book We have Devorah, she s Hasidic and basically perfect She follows all the rules and questions nothing in her community While in the hospital after her sister has her baby Devorah get s stuck in an elevator with a black boy She s obviously freaked out because she can t even be alone with guys from her own faith, let alone random black dudes While stuck in this elevator for about half hour, Devorah and Jaxon form a kind of bond, they like each other and sp [...]


  16. 3.5 stars, really The writing and characterization were strong my problem was that I just didn t buy that these two characters would fall in love so quickly.If I put that aside, though, then I really enjoyed the themes and conflicts Devorah s struggle to reconcile her individuality, and her desire for freedom, with the faith and culture she was raised in, is very compelling and relatable It would be easy to paint the Hasidic world as backwards and repressive, but I think the author does a good j [...]



  17. Did you find this review helpful Find of my reviews at Pop Goes The Reader Where do I begin I m here because the night of the hurricane, my parents were just three miles from here, sitting around my Aunt Varda s kitchen table having instant coffee instead of sitting in the waiting room of Interfaith Medical Centre I m here because I got thirsty, and the stairs seemed like too much work I m here because I let myself talk to a stranger, whose kind eyes managed to light a flame in a heart I had al [...]



  18. There s a storm raging across New York, and at a Brooklyn hospital two teenagers from vastly different worlds are about to collide.Jaxon is sixteen years old and currently sitting by his best friend s bedside, after Ryan attempted to jump a fallen tree branch with his skateboard and got a broken arm in the process Devorah is also sixteen, sitting in a waiting room with her pious brother in law, Jacob, awaiting the premature birth of her first niece As the generators power on, Devorah becomes inc [...]


  19. I really loved this book It was such a page turner, and I loved the way it provided insight into Devorah s Hasidic Jewish culture That is a culture I know almost nothing about, so it was fascinating to me to learn about it through this story The New York City setting was really cool too The characters were so real and well crafted and it was easy to love get invested in their storylines Buteven though this book is dual POV with both Devorah and Jaxon telling sections of the story, I couldn t he [...]


  20. 4.5 starsLike No Other didn t immediately call to me, which isn t surprising since forbidden romance is one of the tropes that doesn t really get my shippy heart beating Still, when Dahlia Behind the Scenes Under the Lights Just Visiting and Gaby Bookish Broads recommended it very highly, I added it to my to read list Then, my TBR pile being what it is, I sort of forgot about it Then, however, I finally decided it was time to get into audiobooks again One of the audiobook review emails I d recei [...]


  21. I liked the idea of this book The author had a great idea and I think she captures the way Devorah sneaks around and struggles with her faith in a very raw way This is the only reason I liked this book The love story woven into it seemed forced, I thought it was too cliche Don t get me wrong I love a good romance but this book was written so well when it came to get faith I thought it lacked something in the romance aspect.


  22. Mooi verhaal, over liefde van twee mensen met een zeer verschillende achtergrond De leefwereld van het meisje vond ik zeer beklemmend Maar het wordt mooi beschreven Het einde vond ik ook goed Niet eind goed al goed Maar realistisch.


  23. Whoa This book is a lot Great to learn about different communities living here in Brooklyn And I felt like Devorah s character development and family were particularly fascinating for me


  24. Loved it and learned from it The ultimate combination for me Showed beautifully how teenage love in its simplest form can be complicated by family and religion but is ultimately still teenage love desperate and determined Loved the smart thoughtful choices the author and characters made.


  25. The following is excerpted from my review for The Jewish Daily Forward, follow the link to see my entire review.In her new young adult novel, Like No Other, author Una LaMarche explores the racial and religious tensions in Crown Heights through the chance encounter of a West Indian boy and a Hasidic girl and the relationship that blossoms between the two.When a hurricane traps Devorah Blum and Jaxon Hunte in an elevator, the two Crown Heights teenagers find themselves drawn into a forbidden roma [...]


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