I wasn’t expecting the awesome-ness that was this book.
I have a not-so-secret fascination with boarding schools. Really! My parents always used them as a threatened punishment when I was a kid, and I didn’t realize until I was much older that people actually went to these on purpose, without having been sent there simply because they made their parents angry.
In this book, Carner gives an extremely intimate look into the lives of Ultra Orthodox Judaism in Israel, something that most of us have never really been exposed to. I learned a lot about Judaism in general from this book, and even more so about the particulars of this very right-wing, conservative branch of the faith.
Okay. This book? It creeped me out.
I’ve always known that nothing you do on the internet is really private, but Pariser takes this knowledge to a whole new level. Now, I no longer have a vague feeling that somebody could find out what I was up to if they really put their minds to it – instead, I feel like people really do know what I’m up to, all the time, and that they’re using it to try to manipulate me.
Promise Not To Tell is fascinating, creepy, and beautiful, all at the same time. There’s elements of ghost stories and of horror mixed in with family and community conflict and the regrets of childhood and being an adult.