The Chosen One
Kyra loves her family. She loves her father, 3 mothers, and 19 siblings. Our protagonist is use to her way of life, but she has some secrets. Good juicy ones if you ask me. There is a bookmobile that comes by every Wednesday, and against what the sect leaders say she goes read those "horrible immoral" books. As a reader this made me smile. Books can really change your life. The next secret is probably even worse. She is in love...more
I don’t approach books that deal with complex subjects (in thi...more
once I started I couldn't put it down. Like, the plot just built masterfully, raising the stakes and keeping me invested and it didn't really give me a moment to breathe (in a good way)
I cried. Actually cried. Rare for me in a book. Okay, maybe I got on the verge of going all-out and bawling...
The prose was LOVELY. Really kind of sparingly written, but in such a way that the emotions and the ache was more intense. It's just GORGEOUSLY written and it really didn't s...more
Told from Kyra’s point of view, this novel unfolds a story of desperation, love, fear, and freedom. Kyra’s internal struggle was masterfully depicted. I never once questioned her desire to stay. Why would you not? To leave your family and everything you have come to know. I only hope that I would posses that t...more
Toto sa prihodí trinásťročnej Kyre. Tá by pred sobášom najradšej utiekla, ale ak by...more
That's the first word that came to mind as I turned the final page of THE CHOSEN ONE. I sat contemplating what I had just finished and had to process everything that Kyra had been through.
Meet Kyra Carlson. She is the second daughter to one of her father's three wives. She has been brought up in the Chosen One compound. Life wasn't always so strict. But when Prophet Childs takes over the lead, he takes tighter control. A fence is placed around the gro...more
Kyra is thirteen and about to marry her uncle, but only because it is God’s will. Polygamy aside, violence and skewe...more
Basically, Kyra is a 13 year old in a place where the leader (called the Prophet) chooses who you marry. It is a very different novel and explores religion and culture and especially the way i...more
Williams's book, however, is much darker than Hrdlitschka's. I think the focus is also different. Hrdlitschk...more
The Chosen One is a very powerful and disturbing story. If I could describe the novel with only one word it will be: impressive. The author leads you in a journey that you as a reader can feel every emotion that Kyra is feeling like: happiness, confusion, love, fear and disgust. Kyra is a strong character who shows both sides of the “world” she’s living; what was good and bad. I felt anger and compassion at the same time towards Kyra’s family. The most fascinating th...more
The book narrates a story of Kyra, a 13-year old girl born and raised in a polygamist compound. Her family is huge, she has 3 mothers and over a dozen of siblings. Kyra's life is quite acceptable in spite of the tough fundamentalist rules that prohibit reading, danci...more
The not so deep rooted subject of the book is polygamy and living pretty much captive on a commune known as The Chosen Ones. Religion, faith and doing what is right to get you to the afterlife are the strong elements to this story. However, it's ultimately the difficult journey from being a girl to being forced to become a woman long before she is ready.
"How can I give my love to him?" "I won't m...more
Williams' prose can be quite poetic at times, which works well for Kyra's story. When Kyra is particularly upset or overwhelmed the writing tends to be sparse and sentences break up over many lines. This made it super easy for me to feel what Kyra was feeling and helped keep up the pace.
This is a qu...more
The Chosen One
By: Carol Lynch Williams
The Chosen One was an awesome book. I liked the theme of the story, which was polygamy. It was fast paced, and in a sense, kind of like a thriller. The author gives great descriptions of the character’s and it gives you great insight on what growing up in a polygamous community would be like. I like the fact that although the main character is being forced to marry her uncle, she’s still in love with someone else. It’s great how she has the char...more
Kyra's family may not always get along - there are inevitable jealous strains and disagreement among the wives and children - but they are ultimately close-knit...more
Das Interessante an dem deutschen Cover ist, dass man das Gesicht des abgebildeten Mädchens nicht sieht - nur die etwas altmodische Kleidung, die gut zum Inhalt passt. Weniger zum Inhalt passt der Nagellack, denn die Heldin dieses Romans ist ein Mädchen, dem alles verboten ist, was schmückend ist. Ihr Haar muss sie stets in strenge Zöpfe flechten und diese zurückstecken, sie muss lange Kleider und dicke Strumpfhosen tragen, damit soviel Haut wie möglich bedeckt ist... Und das ist eigentlich...more
It was good. I was kind of excited when I learned it was about that topic. I have been curious if it is from a true story and i am reading her blog on it learning where it came from.
To get a gli...more
When I give a book 5 stars, it means that I can't imagine a single thing that would make it better than it already is. THE CHOSEN ONE is a compelling story with tremendous depth. The first line of the story tips the reader off to the...more
About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more
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"Think of it," I said to Laura when I turned twelve. "I'm almost Mother Sarah's age when she was married."
Laura looked at me, her squinty eyes even more narrowed. "You could have your own old man as a husband," she said.
"Shut up," I had said.
And she had laughed.”