How Somebody Else’s Reading of My Novel Changed My Own, a guest post by Isaac Blum

Cover art credit: Dana Ledl

When I sat down to write my debut YA novel, in December of 2019, I thought I was writing a book about violent antisemitism, about worlds colliding, forbidden love, and betrayal. The novel tells the story of Hoodie Rosen, a Jewish teenager who has to figure out where—or if—he fits in his family, his community, and the outside world.

I also thought It was an important novel in terms of representation and identity. It’s weird, and probably big-headed, to think of your own book as “important,” but that’s how I thought of it. I still think of it that way. Maybe you need to think your novel is important if you’re going to advocate for it.