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  • I did find myself getting frustrated with the fact that some people just go along with what ever the leader of the group says

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      The Chosen One, written by Carol Lynch Williams, is a fantastic book that focuses on the life of a young girl named Kyra, who lives in an isolated community. Within the community there is polygamy, forbidden books, and forbidden relationships between young girls and boys. Kyra starts breaking the rules of the community when she starts checking out book from the Library On Wheels, then starts spending forbidden alone time with a young boy named Joshua. Kyra has never questioned the fact that her father has three wives, or that she

      has 20 brothers and sisters, and has always been a devout follower of their faith. She starts to realize that this may not be the life she wants to live when the Prophet tells her father that she is to be married to her 60-year-old uncle, who is her fathers brother. But she, nor Joshua, nor her father can convince the Prophet that the arranged marraige isn’t right and that Kyra should be allowed to “choose” Joshua.

      The book is an incredibly exhillerating story that gets you as anxious as Kyra ...


      • does when she’s breaking the rules. But you feel for her throughout her struggles and her inner battle of leaving her family or marrying a family member.

        I had never read a book in which the main character was a part of a Polygamist society before, and it was really insightful for me to learn about how it really works sometimes. I did find myself getting frustrated with the fact that some people just go along with what ever the leader of the group says. People are smart, they have brains,

        and they, for the most part, know from right and wrong. It was frustrating because the Prophet was clearly out of his mind with power and the fantasy of a perfect and sin free world. You kind of want to strangle him once he tells Kyra and her family what has been told to him by “God”.

        Awesome read, reasonably short but great none the less. Early teen appropriate, and any age above that I’m sure would find the story fantastic. It made me curious as to how those societies really work.




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