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Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent
Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

moiraethefatesbookreview, March 30, 2015

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese (January 21, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0385538091
Author: Leah Vincent
Cover art: I love the contrast with the torn stockings.
Obtained: Purchased
Overall rating: *** out of 5 stars









Cut me loose by Leah Vincent
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews





Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties. Cast out in New York City, without a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox community, Leah was unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular life. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past. Fast-paced, mesmerizing, and brutally honest, Cut Me Loose tells the story of one woman's harrowing struggle to define herself as an individual. Through Leah's eyes, we confront not only the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism, but also the broader issues that face even the most secular young women as they grapple with sexuality and identity. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


After reading Debroah Feldmans book, I wanted to read more stories of women in a different sect of Judaism then I am familiar with. Vincent's book was about the Yeshivish community, that is one I am not familiar with, so I promptly ordered the book and eagerly awaited it's arrival hoping to learn about this sect of Judaism.

I was left wanting more. I wish she would have told the readers more about her childhood and her background and why she was sent away. Honestly, this was more about her sexual experiences after leaving, which at times for me felt a little like over sharing, but that is just me and could be partly due to my upbringing and my own religious views. (It's just not spoken of that bluntly in my circles.)

Yes, I know it's said right in the description about the sexual aspect of the book, but I was not expecting it to be that blunt.

Aside from that, I did enjoy the book well enough, and I felt that she had a unique voice and I did learn a little about a new sect of Judaism.

If you are uncomfortable with blunt speak about sexuality, this book may not be for you, if that doesn't bother you and you want to learn about a lesser known sect of Judaism, then this may be the book for you. I would however pick up another book by Vincent.
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The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
The Pericles Commission

moiraethefatesbookreview, March 19, 2015

This book was hilarious. That may sound odd calling a murder mystery funny, but it really was. Corby spins a fascinating tale of murder and intrigue all while harnessing the smells of Ancient Greece. You can almost feel the sun and feel the air as you read this book. I was blown away.
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Maus, A Survivor's Tale II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
Maus, A Survivor's Tale II: And Here My Troubles Began

moiraethefatesbookreview, March 19, 2015

I never thought a graphic novel could be so moving. I have read this one several times and I never get tired of it. Sad, beautiful and moving and the 3 words that best describe this one.
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The One (Selection Series #3) by Kiera Cass
The One (Selection Series #3)

moiraethefatesbookreview, March 19, 2015

Alright, I want to start this off by saying it's been several months since I read this one. I loved it! I was anticipating this one since the end of the first book. I guessed who the "winner" was going to be. I was right, however the way she became the winner was not how I was expecting.

There were several things in this book that I "saw coming". There were several things I had no idea would happen. The middle of the book and close to the end were far from what I was expecting. The surprise was welcome though.

I loved the way America's character developed. I know a lot of readers had issues with her in the first two books. I always liked her, however, I do see how others may not have liked her. That being said, I believe that she really grew into her own in this last installment.

Maxon, Maxon, Maxon, Maxon. What I can I say about the Prince? He was amazing in this one! He faced a lot of difficult issues in this book and he came through better then I can say I would have if I had to face even a sliver of what he faced.

If you liked the first two books, I would highly recommend this one. I am looking forward to reading more in this world when The Heir is released this spring!
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Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

moiraethefatesbookreview, March 19, 2015

This book was a very quick read. The writing is more simple, but I think that due to the nature of it, that actually helps the book. I think 12 year olds could easily read this and be able to understand what Burpo wanted to communicate. I do think however, that it's a book that needs to be discussed. It is a conversation starter.

I was intrigued by Colton Burpo's descriptions of Heaven. As a Messianic, I believe in Christ, and Heaven. Yes, this book is "aimed" to believers, but it's not preachy, and non-believers can enjoy it as well of course.

I found it interesting how the child knew a ton of things that no one had ever told him.
I would recommend this book if you liked the movie (which is super close to the book) or if you want to know what a boy saw when he went to Heaven.
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