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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl Abraham Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Filled with laughter and tears, author Pearl Abraham's moving novel takes you behind the mysterious, closed doors of a Chassidic Jewish community in New York state. The Romance Reader is her absorbing tale of a headstrong, teenaged girl attempting to live in two worlds: one traditional, one modern. Since Rachel is the rabbi's oldest child, everyone expects her to set a proper example for other young believers. But at night, after everyone is in bed, she hungrily reads books - forbidden books about romance and contemporary women. She wonders if the life she reads about in those pages actually exists. Do beautiful, daring women really travel alone? Can they choose their own gallant, broad-shouldered husbands? Soon Rachel's search for answers clashes with the restrictive world she knows only too well. Having grown up in a Chassidic family enables Pearl Abraham to write with poignancy and authority about this intriguing, ultra-Orthodox lifestyle. Her sensitive story earned a chorus of praise from reviewers, and Library Journal named it a Best Book. With Suzanne Toren's compelling narration, Rachel will become your friend, and you won't want to say good-by.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geraldine | 2/11/2014

    " Meh. Strictly okay from a literary standpoint, but interesting from a sociological one. I can see how people from a similar background would really dig it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marvin | 2/8/2014

    " A bitter coming-of-age story set in a Chasidic Jewish family in NYC. There's little to identify with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kortney | 1/30/2014

    " There was a lot of things to learn from this book , about the religion & believes . But, I didn't like the way it ended . I would have liked to know more about how she got the divorce, what she later did with her life, & etc. ~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/24/2014

    " This was an intriguing look into the life of a girl raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Fascinating on many levels and one is pulled in in anticipation of what direction Rachel will follow. Not the ending that I hoped for, but a good read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste Bennett | 1/20/2014

    " Provides some insight into the Hasidic community, which is why I picked it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Simmons | 1/20/2014

    " Incredible details and a look into the lives of hasidic Jews. Very revealing and impressive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine Morris | 1/19/2014

    " At first I enjoyed this book - I liked the tone and story. But after awhile I got bored. So much focus on a few restricted things that Rachel was not supposed to be doing - reading, swimming and wearing nylons and then finally marriage. I felt as if lots was missing from the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alic | 1/14/2014

    " Someone told me life is too short to read a book twice. I disagree and this is one of the books I come back to. Fascinating insight into a religion I know nothing about and yet a lovely connection with a teenager in a changing world. Again a book I lend out and have to replace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CLM | 12/17/2013

    " Beautifully written but ultimately depressing. I could have used a little more All of a Kind Family joie de vivre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/17/2013

    " Not terribly well written, but a good portrayal of the struggle to individuate from a religious subculture. As the granddaugher of an orthodox rabbi, many of the difficulties in the protagonist's life sounded like things I had heard from my mother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 12/17/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book, but reading it put me to sleep. The characters felt flat and the plot didn't seem to be moving forward in any particular direction. Maybe one day I'll finish it, but I doubt it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 hagar | 12/6/2013

    " A beautiful book about an Orthodox Jewish girl, daughter of a rabbi, coming of age and trying to reconcile her adolescent feelings (and her desire to be a lifeguard) with her deeply rooted love for the tradition she grew up in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 11/16/2013

    " I read this book back in high school and I really enjoyed the story. I wanted to find more like it, but at the time I couldn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/10/2013

    " Interesting to me more as an insight into Hasidic Jews than as a piece of literature. It was full of tension between the adolescent protagonist and her parents Orthodox ways and made me feel a bit stressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sunny | 8/29/2013

    " typical portrayal of chassidic people. you didnt feel like the heroine "grew up" even though this was supposed to be a coming of age kind of book. she felt to me like as much of a petulant child in the end as she did in the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 6/14/2013

    " This is the story of a young Hasidic Jewish girl. This girl loves to read and becomes a lifeguard. She is eventually in an arranged marriage. She then divorces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/15/2012

    " Story of a young woman growing up in an Orthodox Jewish family, who loves to read and how growing up Jewish affects what she can read, wear, eat etc. Amazing stuff I never knew plus the struggles all women face to be their own person not just so and so's daughter or wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/15/2012

    " Interesting, easy to read, but I was disappointed by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy (SpedBug) | 5/5/2012

    " A fascinating look into the life of the Hasidic community. While I couldn't completely empathize with Rachel, I did find myself aching for her as she yearned to be free of the Orthodox rules by which she was born and bound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 5/2/2012

    " This novel provided an interesting perspective on the Hassidic culture and the struggles of the main charcter, Rachel, to live within its confines, while wanting to be part of a more mainstream culture. I enjoyed the spunkiness of her voice and actions, but was disappointed with the book's ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariellafaerie | 1/17/2012

    " A bit of a slow read. Hits close to home for me. I love it when i can relate to a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/3/2011

    " Read this a while ago but found it interesting because the author grew up in Monsey. "

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