Newsflash…! I’m a racist. Apparently.

Newsflash…! I’m a racist. Apparently.

According to American author Jami Attenberg, I’m a racist anti-semite for not liking her book.

A few days ago I reviewed her book “The Middlesteins and I used the phrase “I don’t get Jewish humour…”

Jami seems to be a hit on social media, because I got 827 hits to that review in 24 hours.

And I’m a racist, apparently.

Now listen up, Jami Attenberg, and your legions of fans.

Jami AttenbergJust because I did not like your book, it does not give you licence to send your followers after me on your Twitter and Facebook account and give me hell. I am ever so sorry that I did not gush over your work, and lavish and foist the praise on you that you, quite obviously, crave.

I am nothing but a lover of books. I read in my spare time for no financial gain. This is not my job. I am not paid for my reviews. I do it because I love it, and I always offer an honest and impartial opinion of a book and hope my opinions influence others on their purchases. If I am ever sent a free book, I make it known.

If you don’t like your review, tough.

I don’t claim to be a professional book reviewer. If anything, this site is a personal book review blog, and the people who visit are those who just want to know if a book is worth their time or not.

I have never, ever made a racist comment, or racist review – but because I didn’t like your book with the line “I don’t get Jewish humour”, you’ve gone for me.

So, just for you Jami, here’s a message:

My uncle, Graham Bennett, is a Jewish man who lives in Tel Aviv with his gay boyfriend Itsik. He was a tank commander in the 1970s and fought in Beirut.

My cousins, Roy and Yasmin, are two Jews who have served their time in the Israeli Army.

I have been to Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz.

I have seen the gas chambers, the suitcases, the tins of Xyclone B, the shoes, the hair of Jews who lost their lives.

Don’t belive me? Well here we go…

The Jewish uniform

The mountains of Auschwitz shoes

Tins of Zyclon B

A “Halt!” sign in Auschwitz

The Auschwitz “ovens”

The Auschwitz gate

I have also been to the Jewish cemetary in Prague.

I have been to the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow.

I have been to Budapest and seen where Jews were shot by the Danube and fell into the water.

I have read countless, COUNTLESS Jewish books – either by Jewish authors or about the Holocaust. Take a look at this review, for a case in point.

Yes, because an anti-semite would have written this…..?


Jami Attenberg, you are nothing but a bitter, bitter and incredibly jaded woman who has released crap book, and has used my review to accuse me of being an anti-semite. But you know what, lady? With my family and the places I’ve been – I’m probably more Jewish than you.

Just a thought.


The Book Boy


  1. Mandy B
    Oct 17, 2013

    What an amazing smackdown! I think you’ve just laid her bullshit to rest xxx

    • thebookboy
      Oct 17, 2013

      Thanks Mandy. I just had to get my point across.

  2. Davey B
    Oct 17, 2013

    FUCKING AWESOME. Dude I feel for you. I think you’ve shown her up for the bitter woman she is. If I could high-five you now I would. “I’m probably more Jewish than you” LOL – and that review for Noah’s Child? LOL

  3. andi davis
    Oct 17, 2013

    I’m probably more Jewish than you. hahha – what a cunt Jami is, scuse French!

  4. Roz Weeklin
    Oct 17, 2013

    Don’t even rise to it Liam, I know you are not a racist, this is just ramblings from a woman who doesn’t like a bad review xxx

  5. Clairey
    Oct 17, 2013

    She was just annoyed you didn’t like her book. She should’ve taken her fans’ advice and not read the review at all – but since she did, she should’ve taken the time to read it properly so she actually understood it. She might be making lots of money from writing but her reading and comprehension skills are lacking somewhat.

    • thebookboy
      Oct 17, 2013

      Well said! x

  6. Yasmin Selena Butt
    Oct 21, 2013

    This social media lark is a double-edged sword isn’t it? No writer likes to get a bad review, but have a bit of grace about it, no one can like every book they read. It’s a fact of life! I’m an author and a reader and I’ve accepted when it comes to books, it’s diff’rent strokes for diff’rent strokes. I don’t doubt I’ll be hurt when I get a bad review, but I sincerely hope I don’t throw my toys out of the pram when I do like this lassie has.

    • thebookboy
      Oct 21, 2013

      So true my lovely – if only you could see the horrible messages I haven’t approved. I have 40+ calling me a racist / Nazi…. just cannot understand it. xxx

      • Yasmin Selena Butt
        Oct 21, 2013

        Oh God, that’s horrible :(
        I bet you 99% of them wouldn’t have the balls to say it to your face. The anonymity afforded by the internet enables this kind of shit. They don’t know you, you don’t know them – and most of all you really don’t need to justify yourself to someone as blinkered as that, you’ve nothing to apologise or prove. Just hit that delete key and move on, Liam x

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