What Makes Us by: Raffi Mittlefehldt BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2019/09/what-makes-us-by-rafi-mittlefehldt.html

SYNOPSIS

A viral video reveals a teen’s dark family history, leaving him to reckon with his heritage, legacy, and identity in this fiery, conversation-starting novel.

Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran is a passionate young man deeply interested in social justice and equality. When he learns that the Houston police have launched a program to increase traffic stops, Eran organizes a peaceful protest.

But a heated moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter connects the Sharon family to a tragedy fifteen years earlier — and asks if Eran is anything like his father, a supposed terrorist. Soon enough, Eran is wondering the same thing, especially when the people he’s gone to school and temple with for years start to look at him differently.

Timely, powerful, and full of nuance, Rafi Mittlefehldt’s sophomore novel confronts the prejudices, fears, and strengths of family and community, striking right to the heart of what makes us who we are.  

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY
Praise for WHAT MAKES US

What Makes Us is a heart-stopping, heartbreaking read — a book full of heart. Mittlefehldt’s thoughtful, nuanced exploration of identity pulled me in from the very first page, and I could barely put it down. Eran’s story takes a universal coming-of-age theme — finding out your parents aren’t who you thought they were — to a tightly wound and thrilling extreme. Most important, this book provides satisfying, much-needed representation of a contemporary, complex Jewish teen and his family. ―Lisa Rosinsky, author of Inevitable and Only

Provocative. ―Kirkus Reviews  

My Review

This had the potential to be something big. It could have shown a light on other discriminatory targets in a way in which was not assigning blame to specific groups of people. For example, there was no need to repeatedly mention that a man that was attacking someone was wearing a “Trump” hat. That made this book discriminatory in its’ own way.

If you take the book for what it could have been, a introspective on faulting a group or a person because of the acts of one, this could have been so impactful. It could have been a start of a larger discussion. This was not that book for me. Cover art: A+. Glimpses of the larger picture trying to be portrayed: B-. I was not impressed and I struggled to complete this book.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rafi Mittlefehldt is a writer who has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance theater critic, and children’s author. His debut novel was It Looks Like This. Rafi Mittlefehldt lives with his husband in New York City.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Shortly after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, I read an article that mentioned one of the bombers having left behind a wife and three-year-old daughter. It was a throwaway line, but it stuck with me — I couldn’t stop thinking about that girl, who was too young to understand what had happened. When would she find out who her father was, and how would she process that? How would others react to learning about her family history? Would she keep it a secret? Would her mother?

What Makes Us began very simply as a story exploring those questions. But as I fleshed out the two main characters, Eran and Jade, their personalities took the story deeper, toward matters that are personal to me but relatable to so many. Eran’s volatility and tendency to react instinctively force him to confront issues of impulse control and anger management. And both characters’ uncertainty regarding their own pasts compels them to wrestle with self-determination and to ask, What makes a person? As the novel switches between Eran’s and Jade’s perspectives, we see them reluctantly frame and then try to answer this question, all against the backdrop of a community on the brink of chaos.  

PHOTO CREDIT: DAMIEN MITTLEFEHLDT 
WEBSITE: http://www.rafimitt.com/TWITTER: @rafimitt
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13405543.Rafi_Mittlefehldt
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rafimit
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rafimitt/

Giveaway is open Internationally | Must be 13+ to Enter

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ENDS: NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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