Cut Me Loose by Leah Vincent

Cut me looseThis was a tough book–I kept going since I was curious about how Leah, who left ultra-Orthodox Judiasm turned out, but it was pretty grim until I learned she ended up happily married and educated at Harvard. To say she left ultra-orthodox Judiasm is perhaps not even true; it seems more she was cast out for small transgressions, and that was pretty heartbreaking to see how cold her parents were when she didn’t fit the mold, even as she tried to follow all the precepts. There is a palpable sense of loneliness and pain through out the book. But there is also a lot of resilience and finally getting over a lot of self-destructive behavior.

Reviewed by Katie

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