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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

June 15th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thank you so much to Sarah and Susannah at St. Martin’s Press for the chance to review this book.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Description: Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

It has been awhile since I have given a book a 5 stars but I just had to for The Chosen One.  Kyra’s story pulls you right into her life have you will come to care for her so much you just want to march into that compound and beat the crap out of the so called leaders of this community.  Despite not feeling well while reading this book I could not stop reading until I got to the end and my heart was actually racing as I waited to find out what would happen to Kyra.

I have seen those TV specials or news coverage about polygamist communities and felt sorry for some of the men and especially women living in those communities but it’s nothing like seeing their life through Kyra’s eyes.  To hear what she is experiencing, what she feels and watch the actions of even those who may disagree with what is going on but who are too scared to do anything about it is heart wrenching.  I normally do not like to judge other people’s beliefs but I find it hard to believe that a god would condone hold a baby’s head down in a bucket of ice water or beating and killing women for disobeying an order to marry their own blood relative.  I have read stories about those who have escaped life in these communities but this book also reminds me of all those who are left behind and are too scared, too weak or for other reasons are not able to leave and are forced to live this life against their wishes.  I know (or hope) not all community’s are like the one portrayed in this story.

Truly, this is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

10 Responses

  1. Castergirl17

    I want to read this so badly. I’ve never read anything like it. I’m sure it’s a rollercoaster.

  2. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    Yes, I wanted to beat the crap out of those leaders, too, lol!! :) This was a very moving book.

  3. lilly

    Sounds like a great read. Very emotional though and I have to be mentally prepared for these kinds of books because I will cry like there’s no tomorrow.

  4. dsuzuki

    Yup, I’m a softie too and I was tearing up at some parts.

  5. Katie

    this sounds really good!

  6. Lola

    I loved this book. it was amazing. i really didnt understand the ending though. Just that part was confusing. other wise i absolutly loved it!!!!! <3

  7. dsuzuki

    Yea, that’s true. The ending was a little strange. I wasn’t sure if she was dreaming that and thinking she was finally in a safe place like when she was in the bookmobile. Although it sort of gave me the feeling she was dying and she was going to a happier place represented by the book mobile.

  8. Suzy Levin

    I felt exactly the same way! A very emotional ride reading this book! Thanks for the great review!

  9. Liyana

    I really want to read this, find out about life like that from an insider’s POV.

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