Hava was an average Orthodox Jew until something dramatic changed her life. She was offered a role on a television show; The Goldbergs. The show was about a normal Jewish family living an almost perfect life. It takes place mostly in California while the show is being filmed. Everyday drama on the set of 'The Goldbergs' clouds Hava's judgment, making her go a little crazy. Her family misses her, and she misses her friends back in New York. One thing that Hava wouldn't compromise was her faith and beliefs. She only ate kosher food and always followed shabot. The story ends in Hava being back in New York, living her wild and crazy life all over again.
I thought the book was very good. I enjoyed every interesting aspect of Hava's hectic journey to find her inner self. Hava, the main character, ties up the book's content. She is very adventurous and takes many risks throughout the book. The quality of the book was first class and the characters were very realistic and believable. This book cannot be compared to any other book. It was written in a very unique style. Reading Never Mind the Goldbergs was a pleasure and I'm sure it will be for you too. I recommend this book to 8th grade students and up.
~ Darla Conti, grade 10, Struthers High School