Meg's Reviews > Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish

Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman
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Sep 04, 11

Read from September 02 to 03, 2011

Randomly, I am obsessed with the Amish. Not sure why...but the religious group fascinates me. This book is one of many that I have read about the Amish. And ranked in that group of books....it is low on the list, but it is good.

Good: The interviews from actual Amish teenagers and parents.
Bad: a bit too much philosophy. And you don't learn a lot about the religious group...but the teenager part.

The book explores rumspringa. And the irony of the this ultra religious sect allowing its teenagers to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

I would read Amish Society first, if you are looking for a book about the Amish....but if you want to continue your exploration, grab the book.

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