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?