Review by: Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer - November 17, 2005
"Remarkable… Conclusion about Unchosen? The best book on its subject. Good for Hasidim, non-Hasidim and every reader who responds to one of the oldest plots on Earth - the need of some people to leave the community that raised them, and figure out the world for themselves."
Review by: Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week - October 28, 2005
"It reads more like fine journalism than a scholarly work. But Winston does place her findings in a larger context of American life, raising questions about the role of boundaries and how these communities will navigate the future."
Review: Publishers Weekly - September 12, 2005
"Fascinating case studies…Winston shows us a Hasidic underworld where large families and a lack of secular education have resulted in extreme poverty and some serious at-risk behavior among youth. Her story of courage and intellectual rebellion will inspire anyone who has ever felt like a religious outcast."
Review by: Naomi Ragen, author of Jephte's Daughter, Sotah, and The Covenant - September 1, 2005
"Hella Winston's honest and compelling study of those aspects of Hasidic life long swept under the carpet is sure to spark controversy. But by bringing to light the coercion, fear, and sexual abuse long apparent to those of us who know the community well, she has done a service not only to the general public but especially to those community members brave enough to speak out. Balanced, well researched, and compassionate, told with narrative drive and great wit, Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels is a must read. "
Review by: Jennifer Hecht, author Doubt: A History & The End of the Soul - September 1, 2005
"Unchosen is a terrific book. Winston tells a good story, full of engaging profiles, and she is insightful about what propels these rebels away and what holds them back. Beyond the interest and significance of the topic, Unchosen serves as a strong local lesson in one of the great social, cultural, and philosophical questions: What happens when we emerge, even a little, from the ideology of our group? How does doubt look and feel, what are its stages, and how does it work? Highly recommended."