5 reasons to read this book:
- The entire book is made of lists; therefore making over 500 pages of reading go super fast! (Amazingly shocking to see how many types of lists a person can create.)
- Until recently, our narrator/listmaker, Darren, didn’t practice his Jewish faith regularly. However, due to his parents’ divorce, his mom finds solace in their religion and he finds he knows more about Judaism than he thought—I was impressed by how much I learned about the practicing of the faith.
- Darren is a 15-year-old boy who is trying to figure himself out and, WHAM, within a year he loses his best friend, his brother goes to college, his parents divorce and the girl he is crushing on goes to a boarding school.
- Darren’s divorced Dad comes out as gay.
- Darren finds a spoken voice near the end and it makes you happy to know he will be okay despite the odds.
2 thoughts I had while reading this book:
- How would I deal with the discovery of having a homosexual parent?
- Do boys really have this much internal dialogue going on in their head and just don’t communicate it to the rest of the world?
Activities for you in the store:
- This book has the search subheading “Children’s Fiction>Jewish”—It would be a wonderful read with other books where children are conflicted about religion and their own belief system.
- Display several books where there is a storyline, but religion plays a role within the story.
- Create a craft for different holidays depicting our ethnic and cultural differences.
- Have a literature section for those seeking help/guidance in their sexuality.
- Start a book club for gay/lesbians with books with similar lifestyles.
In the classroom:
- Organization is key to writing.
- Give your students a key word/topic.
- Have them create lists! Lists are a great way to narrow ideas down or take one idea and start a whole new list based on the ideas you created in the first list!
- Starting in Sixth Grade, Common Core Standards for writing emphasis the use of organization.
- Lists are a type of graphic organizer! It is easy and everybody can create one!
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Kasak-Lowy