Book List

Books Featuring Jewish Protagonists

August 21, 2020
Rachel Berquist

Representation matters, which is why we’ve put together a list of our favorite books featuring Jewish protagonists. Whether you want to see yourself represented, are looking to understand a different perspective, or just want a great read, these books will be perfect for you!

Books Featuring Jewish Protagonists

1. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. Sophie hopes Peter will love her back the way she’s always wanted, but Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Then, one heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

 

2. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other. As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes perhaps this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

 

3. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s, the other tests positive. These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

 

4. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Halle Levitt is keeping a secret. When she’s online, she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash, her online crush. That is, until Halle finds herself face-to-face with real, human, Nash, but he has no idea she’s actually Kels. Things quickly get complicated when she starts to fall for Nash as Halle but he’s in love with Kels…

 

5. Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at her favorite local bookstore. When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna is determined to win. The only person standing in her way? New hire, a recent nemesis, Jake Kaplan. He may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but Shoshanna is ready to take him down. As the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

 

6. Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story. This novel is based on the friendship of Fania and Zlatka, the story of the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the worst. Their heart is one of the few objects created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

 

Looking for more? Check out this list of books featuring strong female characters!

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