I recommend this book 100 times over, kept me interested the whole time - was definately a book where I waited in my car to end a chapter before I could stop listening!
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.
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.
Love to read - began listening to audio books while driving - to keep me from falling asleep. Have grown to LOVE audio books - I'm addicted!
I probably wouldn't listen again because I don't like to listen to books more than once, but that does not mean I don't think it was GREAT! I loved the story - so sad because it is based on true facts, but very well written. Jenna Lamia is my favorite narrator and she, once again, did an awesome job reading this one!
This is difficult to answer without giving something away!
Jenna really makes you feel what the character is feeling. I think you get into her heart more hearing it read by Jenna than you would just by reading it.
Yes - I wanted to. I never have that much time all at once, but if I could have listened to it all in one sitting, I probably would have!
This is a great YA book for girls over 13 years old. There are a few things in it that are a little rough, so I would say any younger than that might be too young.
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.