Date: August 28, 2018
A bit late to this…I’m not sure if you can actually get a copy, at the moment.
“The Unorthodox Thing About Love by Jonas Boehm
Synopsis: While grieving the loss of his twin sister, Reuben meets Jonathan, a lonely teenage boy who finds himself unabashedly interested in the stranger to the Cleveland Orthodox Jewish community. Both outcasts, the two develop a friendship in full view of a harsh religious environment.
Reuben’s life is shattered without the one person who understood him. Jonathan is faced with family and school pressures to become a religious scholar, something he isn’t sure he wants. As the two spend time learning more about each other, they discover a world exists beyond the black and white of religious law, and when raw feelings surface, they struggle with the consequences of their attraction.
But their secret gets exposed. Religion and society try to tear their forbidden love apart. As they work through their feelings for each other, religious leaders and a powerful international Jewish organization unite to put a stop to their relationship. Jonathan and Reuben must decide whether to fight their religion and embrace their love or walk away and conform to tradition.
This coming-of-age, intergenerational romance touches on the idea that we don’t get to choose who we love and that love is its own authority, unbound by gender, religion, and law.