Rating: 5/5 stars.
A substantial story told through the voice of a young Jewish girl forced to remain silent after witnessing a terrible act of violence, Hush divulges the devastating secrets of a closed community.
I admit that it was tough to take in Chassidism at first, but I realized that these characters, although different, were the same in their humanity and emotions as others – they cared for each other in times of prosperity and hardship, and had their ups and downs. The book is filled with humorous moments and somber ones as well, but Chayil weaves the story perfectly so that they balance each other out.
I love the message the book imparts – that one should speak out when something is amiss, even if it goes against the way they were brought up. I myself regret not doing just that when I was younger, but I hope that people who read this book will not make my mistake. It’s imperative to stand up for yourself, your family, and your friends – doing what you believe is right is more important than resolving to stay the same as everyone else.
A beautiful book similar to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, and just as powerful.