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Lost Boy

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,512 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs revealsboth the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet’s compound—and the harsh exile existence th ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Broadway (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 25, 2009 Mindi rated it liked it
After reading Krakaur's "Under the Banner of Heaven" I was fascinated by the mormon religion and its ability to constantly adapt through its "Prophet" who can change any aspect of the religion, at any time, through divine revelation and reinterpretations of religious texts. When the Prophet rescinded polygamy, the FLDS splintered from the main church and continued to believe that polygamy was necessary to reach the highest levels of heaven.

This book is the biography of a man who grew up within a
Eva Leger
Crap. I forgot to write the review when I was finished this. Those who know me well know my memory. All I can say is this is worth reading. It's a good book, tells a lot about the community where Brent W. Jeffs grew up. I'd recommend reading it in addition to some other memoirs, authors like Carolyn Jessop, Elissa Wall, etc.
What Warren Jeffs did to Brent is atrocious and the fact that this man lived through all of it, and what came afterward as a direct effect of Jeffs' actions towards Brent's
Dec 24, 2009 Mazola1 rated it liked it
Raised in a polygamous FLDS household, one of the dozens of grandchildren of the FLDS prophet, son of a man who didn't always see eye to eye with his powerful father, sexually abused as a child by one of the sons of the prophet, Brent Jeffs came to understand that it wasn't going to be his destiny to be one of the few FLDS men who married multiple wives and wielded great power in the sect. Instead, he became a "lost boy," one of the expendable young males the sect didn't care about, and threw aw ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: flds
I have read many of books focusing on polygamy and the FLDS. Ridiculous situations I can barely fathom interest me, and this is no exception! I thought when I began this book that it was going to be another well written story about the FLDS cult, and it was, but it was so much more! I truly felt that I received a first person account of what it was like to live in the compound under Warren Jeffs and be subjected to, basically, mind control. Brent Jeffs also happens to be the nephew of Warren Jef ...more
May 29, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
I have to admit I have a bit of a morbid fascination about FLDS. I've mostly thought about it from a woman's point of view (see Escape by Carolyn Jessop for some insight). When I saw this book on the Goodreads Giveaway list, I entered the contest right away. I was eager for a opportunity to read about the group from a male perspective.

Most of Lost boy is a fast-paced engaging read. The author Brent Jeffs surely owes a lot to his collaborator, Maia Szalavitz in describing life with his family in
Brent Jeffs was born into the FLDS, the polygamous Mormon sect. His father had three wives and numerous children. Warren Jeffs, who later became the “prophet” after his father (and Brent's grandfather) died, is Brent's uncle. Brent and many of his older brothers left the FLDS, and their parents were also excommunicated. This is Brent's story.

I've read a few autobiographies of former FLDS members, so I suppose there wasn't too much shocking to me in this one. What was different about this one (f
Jan 20, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing
Brent W. Jeffs- Lost Boy (Broadway Books 2009) 5 Stars

Normally I would do my own summary of the book, but in this case I think that the author is the best person to summarize this portion of his life. Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group’s pious public image—women in chas
Deborah Ideiosepius
A fascinating book about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This group is a splinter off of the American Christian group the Mormons. While I was vaguely aware of the existence of both groups I didn’t know too much about either and in order to set the story and provide a back-history this book gives a very concise and easy to follow background of both.

This book is the autobiography of a young man who grew up as a boy in the system of the ‘FLDS’ as it is acronymed throughout the boo
May 23, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
The topic of the book instantly drew me in as I was cataloging it; a boy who had grown up FDLS divulges secrets about life on the compound, polygamy, and the sexual abuse he experienced at the hands of the prophet. The writers/creators of the television show Big Love based some of the traits of Juniper Creek on FDLS and, in general, I find these closed communities to be very interesting. I expected that this book would be right up my alley.

The writing is fairly poor - choppy and often disorienti
Aug 30, 2009 Lain rated it liked it
I sincerely regret the pain and suffering that Brent Jeffs went through as a child in the FLDS polygamist group. I read this book in hopes of understanding more about what it was like to be raised in such an environment. I got a clear picture of the brainwashing that can occur, and how absolute power can and probably will corrupt absolutely.

The story is a harrowing one, and the life he lived is something no child should ever have to endure.

The book itself was not that interesting, I hate to say
Nov 03, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: polygamy-flds
Another book written by a child growing up in the Fundamentalist Mormon church under the rule of the "Jeff's" Family.
Some of the abuse was rather vivid and made me uncomfortable to read so I passed over it. Again, as I did when reading Elissa's story, I felt the author needed to beg the reader to believe his story. Not that it is unbelieveable, considering how many people have come foreward, but because so many of the people who stay in the faith are denying any negative stories.
I felt his p
Jan 21, 2011 Barbm1020 rated it it was amazing
This is a horrifying story of child abuse, alienation, loss, addiction, dysfunction and the ultimate triumph of human decency, told in a simple, direct and well-organized way by a survivor of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints under Warren Jeffs' regime. The book tells of Brent's escape from the bizarre polygamist cult, his troubled road in the everyday world, and his eventual reunion with what's left of his family to help his Dad, who also suffered. Now married and raising a child with his no ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Wow! This novel is an all-consuming experience. Brent Jeffs has such courage and strength for attending therapy to deal with his traumatic past, sharing his story, prosecuting the man of his nightmares, Warren Jeffs and for surviving life in the FLDS and now thriving in the 'outside world'.
A fascinating, fast-paced, disturbing read. I highly reccomend it to everyone. It is particularly interesting to hear the perspective of one of the young men from the FLDS as I find myself well-informed on th
Jun 01, 2010 Paula rated it liked it
I am becoming fascinated with this topic so I enjoyed reading this book. However, the way it was written was just a little too factual for me and not a kind of "kept me on the seat of pants" type read.

I do recommend it though if you are interested in learning more about the lives of the people affected by the the FLDS. Such a sad cycle of abuse and lack of freedom that these people have. It is so very sad to me that they simply don't know any different or realize that they do have the choice in
Jul 17, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it
This book is written by Brent Jeffs, the nephew of Warren Jeffs the imprisoned leader of the polygamous FLDS church. Brent grew up in the prominent Jeffs family and could have had a very powerful role in the family but he walked away and filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. This is his personal story of the "Lost Boys" when they leave the FLDS or they get expelled. The church leaders have absolute power, and the teens in this society are not wanted because than the older men would not ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2014
This book is a memoir of Brent Jeffs, nephew of Warren Jeffs, and his story of growing up in a polygamist family.

If you want a true taste of life in the FLDS, this book isn't the place to find it. Brent's family didn't grow up in Hilldale and the family seemed a bit more progressive; the family was also excommunicated early in Brent's life. If you want to more of an idea of FLDS life, the books by Elissa Wall or Carolyn Jessop are a better place to start.

However, the author of this book does giv
This is part history and part memoir. The writing is easy to follow and kept my attention, although at times the relationships of the characters became hard to follow.
I can pretty easily imagine this book as if it were somebody just talking to me, having an animated conversation. The person speaking, however, is not especially learned, does not have particularly impressive insight, and just isn't very far along in his life- it's hard for a young adult to write a good memoir. He comes across as a
Aug 14, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it
Brent Jeffs grew up in the FLDS - Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is the grandson of Rulon Jeffs, who was the prophet up until he passed, and the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the current prophet.

After suffering much abuse and his family being excommunicated, Brent eventually left the FLDS. After some time out of the FLDS and finally remembering what happened to him, as what happened to his brothers, he decided he needed to do something to stop Warren Jeffs once and for
Libby Gordon
Jan 26, 2014 Libby Gordon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
This is the third book I've read about this particular polygamist group that splintered off from the Mormon church and although it contained more history of the foundations of this group and more about the "lost boys" than I've ever read ( I've read Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall and The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser); this ...more
Carye Bye
The third book I've read now on the topic of FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints). This time from the perspective a young boy who along with many others is forced out and have been named the Lost Boys. Brent W. Jeffs story engaged me more than Elissa Walls'memoir -- the writing is more interesting and the story well put together -- weaving pieces of his story: abuse, flight, and recovery--- shared in a very humble and personal voice and deeper analysis and big view p ...more
Not the type of book I would usually pick, I do not read about the religions of this type. But this book was hard to put down, read in two days. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) has an interesting history and Brent Jeffs was born and raised in the church. He was related to the prophet and tells tales of horror and unbelievable followings. Many do not consider this religion a cult, but to hear the story from Brent's point of view, there is no other way to look ...more
Sarah Stevens
Oct 10, 2015 Sarah Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When people think about polygamy, the focus is almost always on the women.
But in a culture where multiple women are to be married to one man but 50% of babies born are male, what happens to all those extra boys?

This is a story about just that, there are so many of these boys that they even have a name- lost boys.

This is the story of a boy who was raised to believe that the world outside his compound was an evil world full of people who were going to hell and wanted to hurt him and then was c
Nov 21, 2015 Brittstrr rated it liked it
I enjoyed an inside perspective into this faith/cult. However there was some clear bias in his personal story that made the bigger details suspect as well. He very positively portrayed his mom and dad but negatively portrayed the other two wives and their children. He talked about how popular he was and though mentioned a struggle with rebellion and drugs, seemed to not have a lot of regret or introspection about these behaviours. Despite this, it was still a very brave story to tell and the mor ...more
Kathleen Noonan
Feb 05, 2015 Kathleen Noonan rated it liked it
This book was an informative read about the life within a fundamentalist Mormon family. The writer, and storyteller, Brent Jeffs tells of his life within this huge polygamist family and about his relationship with his uncle, the leader of the Mormon church in his community. I think I would have like the book better but Brent's writing style is a little "rough" and I didn't like his grammar (I'm a bit of a grammar snob).

If you're interested in learning more about this sect of the Mormon religion
Jan 14, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
an interesting look into the life of a child raised in a polygamist family. I thought it was a very fair account of the trials of family where the husband has to maneuver the mine field of wives rivalries and try to show attention to dozens of children all fighting for a wisp of his attention. It makes one wonder what man would be crazy enough to attempt this. That said, Brent Jeffs appears to have been blessed with a good father and mother who were a support to him as the horrors he suffered as ...more
Dorian Drage
Feb 04, 2014 Dorian Drage rated it it was amazing
I am somewhat bias , because I am friends with Brent Jeffs. I met Brent in 2010, and for a few months, knew nothing of his past. After having gotten to know him I became more and more interested in his story. I read his book in a few days and could hardly put it down. I was amazed to learn what his life had been, simply because the man I know and have come to respect doesn't seem to be a reflection of his past. It is a very interesting and easy read. It peaked my interest and prompted my very ne ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad and painful to read about the corruption and evil in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS--differs from the LDS), whose existence I was unaware of until reading this book. Fumarase Deficiency is another tragic consequence perpetuated by this sect.

Forced from their home, family, and known religion, the Lost Boys are confused and angry. Some turn to drugs. Others suffer PTSD from trauma, including sexual abuse. Brent's journey is sorrowful. In the end, (view spoiler)
Vivian Ward
May 28, 2016 Vivian Ward rated it it was amazing
I had read similar books written by women and was curious to hear a story in the male voice, or from a male's perspective. Brent's story is heart wrenching and, based on other books I've read, he did a great job accurately portraying the church and their beliefs, system and how people within their religion are treated.

It's a sad story that really opens your eyes and gives you insight on what it's like in the life of the Jeffs, for both males and females. I'd also like to thank the author for sh
Jill Hughes
May 09, 2016 Jill Hughes added it
Shelves: cults
I had to plow through this for a class, but it helped that the book was really interesting. I didn't know anything much about the FLDS (going in, I only knew basic things about the history and practices of the mainstream Mormon church) but Lost Boy did an amazing job of detailing what life was like in the FLDS, from an extremely personal viewpoint, and I had a hard time reading certain parts because of that, but I think it worked in the book's favor. It had the right balance between informative ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Dionne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, cults
In the world of the FLDS, things are not always what they seem. The shiny, smiling surfaces often hide a world of rot and pain. And even royal blood and being born male can't protect you from sudden changes in its convoluted power structure.--pg. 8

-The more I read about the FLDS and other cults, the more I see how much they are like countries that are run by dictators. Dictators and Cult leaders don't allow any freedom for its' members, most believe in communism and/or socialism and the member
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