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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 am not me anymore.
I go to sleep knowing that.
I am not me. Any. More.”
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams is a thought provoking read that hit my heart hard. Hot, angry tears mixed right in with my cries of “no, no, NO!” A disturbing story filled with pain and ugliness, but strength and hope as well. Faith holds the power to inspire and devastate.
Readers are introduced to 13 year old Kyra, her family, and way of life in an isolated Polygamist community. A life filled with the weight and war...more
I don’t approach books that deal with complex subjects (in thi...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
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
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
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
Williams's book, however, is much darker than Hrdlitschka's. I think the focus is also different. Hrdlitschk...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
Gripping from the first page, beautifully written, piercing.
Even though her father...more
Murdering defective infants? Really? In the FLDS culture, "special" kids are considered too special to have come down from heaven completely, and are treasured. (It is true that other forms of handicap are looked down upon: blindness, paralysis, etc.)
Read it all with a big knot in my throat and cried, cried, cried at the end.
I would love to see this book take the Printz Award or a Printz Honor.
What else can I say.
I wasn’t blown away by The Chosen One, a fact I blame primarily on Keep Sweet, which I read just a few weeks ago.
Keep Sweet was SO FULL OF THE DRAMA. Oh my God. It would not have been out of place...more
Kyra is thirteen and about to marry her uncle, but only because it is God’s will. Polygamy aside, violence and skewe...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
Kyra is a strong, brave heroine. It didn't seem like that to me i...more
When the prophet proclaims that he has a vision from God, Kyra's life is about to change drastically, and he...more
I've never been a religious person though I will admit to being fascinated with the fanatical elements that sometime occur within a religion. The Chosen One definitely falls into that category; it was haunting and shocking. Now, I am not a scholar on the issue but I have watched my fair share of documentaries and read every news story I can get my hands on. I can't claim to know for sure how much of what happens within these pages is truth, but I...more
She hasn't questioned aloud, but obviously she doubts the morals- she's sharp for a 13-year-old girl. So some of the rules she toys with. Once a week she comes to the Iro...more
It's difficult for me when reading books that address religion, since I'm not religious in any right, and thereby find it hard to think the whole...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.”