The Romance Reader

The Romance Reader

by Pearl Abraham
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The Romance Reader 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham is a book that was brought to my attention recently, while reading Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. Unorthodox is the true story of Deborah's "escape" from a strict Hasidic (Jewish) community.  One of her inspirations for leaving was Pearl Abraham's novel, The Romance Reader. And it's interesting, too, because The Romance Reader really is the fictional version of Unorthodox. The title is sooo misleading: this book is NOT a romance.  The main character Rachel, is part of a Hasidic community and longs to leave it.  She wants romance, like the romance she reads about in the novels she secretly reads. Rachel is willing to bend the rules of her family, society, and religion, in order to get the life that she wants. I give Rachel (and Deborah) a lot of credit for breaking out of the box.  Have you ever had a time in your life where you've had to do the same? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down. A riveting, well-written, poignant novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, however the ending was rather week, I would have preffered a more conclusive ending¿I felt like she was just re-entering what she was trying to escape
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very educational which was the same time I was growing up and had no idea that this kind of life existed for a young Hasidic Jewish girl. Very enlightening. All the details about the way they marry and what they had to endure. I wasn't happy with the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter lent me this book when I finished 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' while visiting her and needed something to read on the flight home. I found it joyless, tiresome and disjointed and regretted having spent the time. Character development was minimal if not absent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'watching' Rachel fight for what her heart yearns while living within the strict laws of her religion. This book makes for quick reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an interesting novel because the characters and world it was set in is so different from the one I live in. The main character is constantly battling against her families strict religious beliefs. I was a bit disappointed in the ending.