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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Coming Next!

I haven't posted about tznius in a while, but being a Bas~Melech, it's always close to my heart. In fact, it's an issue that weighs heavily in the lives of Jewish girls and women everywhere, yet much of the literature on the subject is preachy, patronizing, or just irrelevant. Today I'm holding a book that promises to be different.

6 Diaries is based on the journals kept by a group of actual Jewish teenage girls as they participated in what seems to have been a kind of tzniyus support group. Its aim appears to be simply to express and share what tzniyus means to real people.

The paperback weighs in at a respectable yet manageable 200 pages. Cover design is quite clean and contemporary, though a little crowded on the spine and back. Nothing a teen should be embarrassed to be seen with (Oz vehadar, anyone?) though that doesn't guarantee anything ;-). The six teen narrators are denoted by little icons -- I wouldn't have minded a change in font as well, but I can appreciate the uniformity too. Nothing particularly distinctive about the font choices overall, but very readable and enough white space all around. Not something I take for granted in frum publications. Though the diary entries vary in length, all are rather brief, so I anticipate a smooth, easy read (like a blog! One of the many things I love about Miracle Ride, too). Overall a very nice-looking book.

What's that? You don't judge a book by its cover? You just don't have any appreciation for the graphic designers in this world, do you. Oh well, then, give me a couple of days to read and then come back for the full review. Stay tuned!


u no hu said...

can't wait to hear more about it...would you believe you have a book before me???

inkstainedhands said...

A couple of days are up. :] How was it?

starr said...

Just read this on Shabbos. Thought it was okay, but I admit, I had a hard time relating to the girls (I felt so much older). My younger sisters liked it a lot, though.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Sounds interesting, I'll add the book to my "wish list"

Anonymous said...

Yep, please review. I don't do Jewish books, but if it's quite good I will borrow it from you. ;-)

Anonymous said...

its an amazing book! (more geared towards teenagers tho) it was very openminded and very honest!