Today I’ll be sharing an excerpt for the upcoming novel In the Neighborhood of True, a young adult historical fiction from Algonquin Young Readers!
When I was contacted about receiving an ARC of this I was so excited! I love historical fiction and I hadn’t read a good YA fiction in a long while, so I jumped at the chance to grab this early. I’m aiming to have this read before it’s release date so I can get you all my initial thoughts before it’s released and a review on release day or shortly after. Before then, however, enjoy the little excerpt!
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.
There you have it! A sweet little teaser for this upcoming YA historical! In the Neighborhood of True releases on April 9th. Follow my Twitter, Goodreads, and Bookstagram for reading updates as I work my way through this!
Thanks again to Algonquin Young Readers for the advanced copy of this and for the chance to participate in this blog tour!