Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Growing up Amish

I finished Growing up Amish by Ira Wagler last night.  To be honest, the synopsis made it sound a lot more interesting than it really turned out to be.  It's the author's true story about growing up in an Amish community and how he eventually left them.  He leaves and returns a few times throughout his early life.  Some parts of it were interesting because it was an insider's view of the Amish and what it's really like for them.  However, he sort of glossed over a lot of the details in those situations or repeated the same examples throughout the book.  Also, it started to feel very repetitive after he'd left and returned a few times.  He would use the same description about how he felt.  It seemed like he was trying to add suspense to a few parts, but it really just seemed overdone. 

I will say that it's an easy read.  I read the whole thing in just a few days.  His writing style makes it feel like you're having a conversation with someone, but, like I said, it's a little repetitive.  Overall, it was interesting to see inside the Amish community (although he's quick to point out that they all have their differences), but it wasn't very exciting.  I'd rent it from the library, but I wouldn't buy the book. 

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