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The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

by Isaac Blum

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The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
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    Sep 2022, 224 pages

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He may be a criminal, an outcast and clueless, but it's hard not to fall in love with Hoodie Rosen.

That irreplaceable feeling of everyone knowing your name. The yearning to be anonymous. Parents telling you that every single thing you do reflects on them. Family loyalty above all. This is just a snippet of the conflicting emotions, values and experiences Hoodie Rosen and his friends encounter in Isaac Blum's debut young adult novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen.

The book focuses on the specifics of daily life in an Orthodox Jewish community, as Blum portrays details ranging from Borsalino hats to Tu B'Av (referred to as the Jewish day of love), Jewish law (known as halacha) and the intricacies of ritual hand washing. Rather than exoticizing these details for a general audience or writing only to a familiar one, the author shares them through the eyes of both Hoodie and Anna-Marie, a gentile girl and daughter of the mayor who wants Hoodie's community out of the town of ...

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