Sons of the 613 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Sons of the 613 Isaac is preparing for his bar mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed "Super Jew" and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man: shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, playing pool, and falling in love...and that's just the beginning.
- Published: 11 September 2012
- Format: Hardback 305 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780547612164 ISBN 10: 0547612168
- Sales rank: 1,081,012
Reviews for Sons of the 613
Hilarious from start to finish!
My Summary: Isaac and his brother Josh don't exactly see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. Ever since Josh became a "Son of the 613", things have been a little... weird, to say the least. And when their parents decide to go on a last minute trip to Italy - leaving Isaac in the care of his brother just days before his bar mitzvah - things take a turn for the worse. And when Josh notices his brother's feelings for his girlfriend, he decides that Isaac is in need of some 'training' before he can truly be called a man... and Isaac learns just what it means to cross a Son of the 613.
My Thoughts: This book was hilarious. Josh's 'training' of his brother (let's just call it torture for now) was totally reminiscent of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid. I found myself chuckling just trying to imagine what Josh's next 'lesson' for Isaac would be.
Although the characters were quirky and fun, I had a little bit of trouble relating to the main character - of course, this could be due to the fact that I am not and never have been a thirteen year old boy. So no worries there! (My little brother snagged my copy after I was done with it, and he loved everything about the book. It has received the seal of approval).
I also really liked the way Rubens dealt with religion in this novel. A lot of books lately seem to dance around the idea of their main character having a belief or strong faith, and I feel as if the author handled it really well.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this to any boys (and girls) who enjoy YA. Isaac's story will definitely keep you laughing. by Stephanie