By A. D. Grill
Beverly Hills Diary is the story of a Jewish kid from Peru growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Beverly Hills during the 1960s and ‘70s.
The main character’s name is Julian. Julian’s parents are holocaust survivors, his father is a doctor is South Central Los Angeles, and his mother works in Real Estate; rounding out the household is their Incan housekeeper, Aida.
Beverly Hills Diary, told in first person as though you are seeing the world of Julian through his eyes as he suffers mental and physical abuse, so much so that he runs away from home where he meets Rick while riding in a boxcar filled with avocados from Los Angeles to New York.
Julian doesn’t understand why he is removed from his school and sent to an Orthodox Jewish School. After spending time at the Orthodox Jewish School, Julian loses touch with his friends from elementary school.
Later, Julian’s parents remove him from Beverly Hills High School, and send him to a reform school on an island off the coast of Washington State. When he asks why, his parents tell him that the school kicked him out.
After a writing campaign to his immediate and extended family in letters, he receives a plane ticket to Boston in winter to live with his brother Mike, Mike is working on his doctor’s residency.
What does a California boy do in Boston in the winter while living with a much older brother who isn’t home every night.
When Julian calls home to find out if he can come home, his mother says no. Numerous thoughts run through Julian’s mind, but come back to the fact that he is unwanted in the house he grew up in, his mother is cold and condescending in her manner when they speak.
For a child in his teens and has been treated this way for years can have direhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif consequences to their psyche, Does it for Julian? You will have to read the book to find out.
Beverly Hills Diary receives four out of five stars with a recommended read.
Disclaimer: This reviewer is receiving compensation by a PR firm. This in no way alters an unbiased review of Beverly Hills Diary. All of my reviews are based on the quality of the content and not whether I receive any compensation.
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