The Chosen One

"The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

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.

I had trouble with this book, but I also found it very delightful. It was heart breaking, I loved it. I hated it. It made me smile, and it made me cry. And with every twist and turn I got more afraid, and more sad for Kyra. I found myself really identifying with her and her love for books. I couldn't imagine books being banned in the town where I live, the way books were banned on her compound. I think that this book is a very important book to read, so that people can appreciate their lives and living situations more. Because no matter how bad things are, we still have our freedom, unlike Kyra did.

The only problem that I had with this book, obviously, was the sheer evil displayed by almost everyone on the compound. I have to wonder, is that where it's like in every Polygamist community? And if so, how is this allowed?

All in all, I really enjoyed this book,a nd give it a solid

4 stars

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