I know little about polygamy other than newspaper stories or the outrageous Big Love show on HBO. I hope that this type of sect no longer exists, but I suppose it is possible, or even probable. It was interesting to hear the author interviewed at the end of the audiobook.
I have a soft spot for stories written from a girl-turning- woman perspective, and I really enjoyed that she used reading to experience the "outside world". I will definitely recommend this book to young readers that I know, but you don't need to be young to appreciate the story.
I was hesitant to give it 5 stars, but only because I'm not sure it has replay value for me.
That said, this book had me in its grip -- start to finish. The prose was spellbinding, and the story being told was like a tearing at my heart. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to, and did an incredible job bringing the characters to life, immersing me in Kyra's world in the five short hours of this tale.
As much as I enjoyed every minute, I think that for it to have gone on any longer would have been a shame. As it stands, this book is perfect. And while I might never listen to it again, I think that actually speaks to just how well-crafted this novel is. Truly a singular experience.
Jemma Lamia's narration was excellent, as always. The author captures the feelings of a teenage girl so well that I remembered some of my own feelings of those years, although certainly not in the same circumstances! I liked that the author showed a split between the main character's loving family and the sect leadership who act brutal and what we would consider crazy. It was very well done and I couldn't stop listening. I would like to know what happened next, as others have said.
I love this book and they way it was written. I love the characters... and I love Jenna who read it. However I did not like the way it was ended... clever yes... I just needed MORE!!! That is the only reason for not giving it five stars.
I listened to this book based on a recommendation and was not disappointed. The story is unusual and very interesting. I think it captured the hopes and desires of a young girl perfectly.
As a fan of some of the latest shows and hype around polygamy, I was stoked to find this - and as an award winning book. But, the plot was slow... really slow. She kept repeating things, obviously trying to tap into what a young girl was thinking - but it got to the point where it became annoying.
However, the narration is great... and the end was alright.
It was hard not to become emotionally attached to the main character. Her story was brought to life in such a compelling fashion by the narrator, Jenna Larnia. Her voice and interpretation of the main character had you convinced that she was actually 'the chosen one'.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to people that have little understanding of the fundamentalist beliefs and practices of the polygamist Mormon religion.
The narrator was fantastic. She really sounded like a 13 year old. The story was ok. I mean it was good, and it held my attention for the most part, but it could have been longer. It just felt like the story could have had more " meat" to it. That's why I can't give it 5 stars.
I didn't read the printed version, however Jenna Lamia is such a fabulous narrator I don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much if she were not reading it to me.
The ending left me longing for a sequel.
Kira and Joshua were my favorite characters. The others were either perpetrators of evil or those willing to tolerate it in the name of "God".
I don't think my reaction was extreme, but I know that the story and characters will stay with me for a long time. The injustice and abuse that women have to endure in the religious society that the author describes are horrifying.
The story builds dramatically, impossible to stop listening at the end.
Kyra, of course. The author did an excellent job of writing about Kyra's transition from child to young adult.
There isn't anything I've listened to featuring Jenna Lamia that I haven't enjoyed. Her narration was superb, thoroughly believable.
Yes - luckily I had a 10 hour drive that day. It tells you something when you have that far to drive and resent having to stop and get gas because you'll have to stop listening.
Although is a book intended for teens, I think most adults will also enjoy it. Only occasionally was I reminded that this book was actually written for a much younger audience. Just a thoroughly intriguing, thought- provoking novel.