In the Neighborhood of True

Happy Monday! I’m excited to share In the Neighborhood of True, by Susan Kaplan Carlton as a part of the blog tour – so here’s my Spotlight post!! P.S In the Neighborhood of True comes out tomorrow – be sure to check it out!


A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading In the Neighborhood of True. Although it was set in a different time period, Ruth was still so relatable and the events that transpire in the book are incredibly relevant to today. Like everyone who goes to high school, Ruth struggles between being herself and being someone who will be likes by the people whose opinions she thinks matters. Ruth learns that there are consequences to “fitting in” and that sometimes it’s worth it to be who you are and stand up for yourself and others. A powerful and moving book, In the Neighborhood of True tackles racism and antisemitism in a nuanced and heartfelt way. All in all, a great book, with a great message!


One thought on “In the Neighborhood of True

  1. rapturousretreat says:

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