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The Chosen

Author: Chaim Potok
Reviewer's Age: Grade 10

The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, is the best book I have every read. The book takes place in Brooklyn, New York, after the Second World War. It is about two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and one Orthodox, coming of age. One is trying to make sense out of the teachings of Judaism and the aftermath of the war. The other is seeking more and more knowledge that's forbidden by his religion and looking for the reason for his father's lack of communication with him. The book is also about the extraordinary friendship they have, started coincidentally by a baseball game, built up as they help each other, and shaken by their political and religious opposition views. I like this book so much because it has an unexpected ending that stops the struggles of both people as well as the downfall of their friendship.