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Hi, I'm Chandler Burr. This is a forum for talking about the novel You or Someone Like You. Whether you loved the book or hated it; whether you're Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist; wherever you live, whatever your background - this is a chance for you to contribute to an open dialogue on some truly tough issues.



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We’ve all experienced some kind of rejection: in school, at work, in relationships. The experience is painful…


The key to America is being who you want to be…. I do hope that his next book helps me work out Sam’s (and our) next step as a world of “halves.”….


I’m not trying to argue that Burr is theoretically or logically right about any particular religion; it’s that he “gets religion right,” at least in my experience….


While YOSLY was a well written and an interesting read, it ultimately had a hollow ring to it. Instead of an attempt to build bridges between disparate religious communities, or even state a position but show a slightly balanced view of the good Judaism has indeed brought into the world, this work was ultimately filled with hatred.


YOSLY is not courageous at all but instead reveals several large blind spots and lacks in both theoretical coherence and understanding of Judaism (the religion and the culture)….


I was very moved by this book. I am Jewish, Israeli-born, now living in California, and Burr has a lot of courage to put his views out there the way he did in “You Or Someone Like You.”…


People often ask me if I’m Jewish, if that’s why I study the Holocaust. After I respond that I’m not, their answers usually range from “—” or “hmm” to “awfully depressing, isn’t it?” And while I do concede, yes, it is a depressing topic …


I had ordered You or Someone Like You it because I’d read a review somewhere and imagined that a book about Hollywood insiders would make a good summer read. I’m the daughter of a non-practicing Jewish father …


You or Someone Like You is intellectually satisfying: the plot drives you forward, its ideas reel you in…and the use of literature and literary lions mixed with the writings and writers of today is thrilling. And it’s topical …


The feeling of coming upon fictional characters whose trials and tribulations closely mirror your own is, to be honest, somewhat creepy. Here I am, a formerly black-velvet-kippa Orthodox boy from New York City . . .


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