The Shiksa Syndrome
By Laurie Graff
Reviewed by Jill
Synopsis- Manhattan publicist Aimee Albert knows a good spin, but she’s the one who winds up reeling when her gorgeous, goyishe boyfriend breaks up with her—on Christmas! For a stand-up comedian, you’d think he would have better timing. But Aimee’s not about to let a man who doesn’t even have a real job get her down. She dusts herself off and decides to seek companionship with a member of her own tribe. There’s just one problem: all the shiksas are snapping them up!
So when the very cute, Jewish, and gainfully employed Josh Hirsch catches Aimee’s eye at a kosher wine tasting and mistakes her for a shiksa, what’s a girl to do? Hey, her heart was broken, not her head! Unfortunately, the charade goes on longer than Aimee planned, and her life becomes more co
mplicated than a Bergman film. To make matters worse, Josh and Aimee aren’t exactly on the same page as far as their attitudes toward Judaism go, creating tension in the relationship. But as Aimee begins to discover that her identity isn’t as easily traded as a pair of Jimmy Choos, she must decide if having the man of her dreams is worth the price of giving up so much of who she is.
Oy, it’s so hard to find a nice Jewish boy in New York, right? At least that’s what your mother keeps saying (if you’re Jewish that is). If you’re not Jewish, I think you’ll still get a kick out of this book.
I had a great time reading this book. It was well written, funny, and at times extremely relatable. For those of you who may not know, a shiksa is a non-jewish woman. In the novel, the main character Aimee gets an impromptu make over- which includes making her hair a little lighter, and getting green contact lenses. She meets a well-to-do attractive Jewish man who mistakes her for a non-Jewish woman. The Jewish guy, wants a shiksa girl. She goes on pretending for a little bit too long until she gets herself into a situation where the truth come out.
So I have to say, I loved this book… up until the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I feel like through out the entire book, the character was fun, smart, and independent. At the end, she makes a choice that I do not agree with, and I felt like it erased any progress she made through out the novel. She appeared weak and needy to me, and I felt like the book really could have used a sequel to tie some loose ends up.
My over-all assessment, is that this book is a fun read, I wouldn’t skip it just because the ending could be better.