Book Review: You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah! by Fiona Rosenbloom
This book will be released in September 2005.

SUMMARY: Stacy Friedman is getting ready for her bat mitzvah, and all she wants is the perfect dress, her friends by her side, and Andy Goldfarb to dance with her. But Stacy's plans start to fall apart, beginning with her stressed-out mother forcing her to buy a hideous sequined dress that makes her look like the bride of Frankenstein. Then, a betrayal by her best friend causes Stacy to utter the words that will wreak her social life..."You are so not invited to my bat mitzvah!" (adapted from the back cover)

OPINION: This book has all of the typical chick-lit elements: close friendships, cute boys, fabulous clothes, great parties, and, of course, a betrayal that (almost) wrecks everything! What makes it stand out is that it all centers around Stacy Friedman's bat mitzvah, a traditional Jewish coming-of-age ritual. This was a light, enjoyable read that managed to combine religion and humor pretty successfully. I really liked the chapter titles, including my personal favorite: "Avocado Schmear With a Side Order of Fried Frienship"!

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