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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch-Williams (2 reviews)

Rebeccah W. , 17
Lynch-Williams, Carol
The Chosen One
St. Martin's Griffin 2009
It is a modernized Romeo and Juliet where you never know what is going to happen, it keeps you guessing until the very end.
I liked how the cover was just the back of a young woman, it was simple and you get to see Kyra at her simplest.
I like how it delved into the cults, it showed us all the things that these cults try to hide, that make them look terrible. You get to see the real side of these cults.
No, it was a wonderfully written book.
Yes 5 Hard to imagine a better book
The Chosen One takes you deep inside the forbidden polygamist cults.
Kyra a 13 year old girl is told she is to be the 7th wife of her sixty year old Uncle. Kyra never understood the ways of her church. Kyra is in love with someone else, someone forbidden and from there stems a action packed book with romance and the Library on Wheels where are of Kyra’s ideas come from. You can’t help but let young Kyra into your life and to explore hers. It’s a modernized version of the beloved Romeo and Juliet, and still tragic. Carol Lynch Williams wrote a masterpiece.
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Reader: Katie D.
Age: 16
Today's date: 9/23/09
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Title: The Chosen One
Publication date: 2009
My review: Definitely an interesting read, The Chosen One is one you'll find on the Teen shelf, but it's one of the few books that adults would find exciting as well. The writer does an excellent job showing us the deepest depths of the main character Kyra's mind, expressing all of her fears and doubts and desires without drowning us in a flood of information. You will be instantly drawn to Kyra as you follow her through her standard day, which includes but is not limited to her chores, taking care of her younger siblings, sneaking off to read forbidden books, and spending time with a certain boy.
Ms. Williams crosses boundaries that I have never seen trodden, bringing us the experiences of life inside a group of religious extremists, and polygamists. And perhaps, through metaphor, she shows us the trials and tribulations of our own lives, without us even noticing.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: no
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting. Just grabbed it.