Summary: The Chosen is a realistic fiction book set during the 1940s in Brooklyn. The main character, Reuven Malther, is Jewish, while another character in the story, Danny Saunders, is the successor to a Hasidic rabbi. Both of these boys, although they come from separate religious communities, love to play baseball, and on one fateful day, their respective teams meet up on the baseball diamond and the two boys are brought together in a moment that will change the lives of both kids. This book tells a story about friendship, trust, and hope, and highlights the power of connection between father and son, and the connection between friend and friend.
I kept reading this book because the writing style was so convincing and articulated well throughout the book. I could really picture myself in Reuven’s shoes, feeling what he was feeling, and thinking what he was thinking. The descriptions used in this book are superb, and the discussion about certail morals and obligations throughout the whole book was very fitting in context. This book made me think about the lifestyles of other people more than I used to, and I could not put this book down after I started. Even though there is not a lot of high-flying action going on in this book, there is something in the style of writing that captivates the reader and makes the reader want to continue to read and learn more about the lives of these two very convincing main characters.
Overall, if you want to read a very realistic book about friendship, you should definitely consider picking up this book and giving it a try. The viewpoint into the lives of two different boys, but in some ways very similar, is well done. Dialogue is often the hardest part to write exquisitely in a book, but Potok nails it in The Chosen. The dialogue between all the characters, main characters and supporting characters, is all very believable and adds to the overall experience of the book.
6-Word Recap: Two Boys, Different Religions, One Friendship.