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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
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Jan 14, 11

bookshelves: religiousfiction, youngadult
Read in January, 2010

I think that what I liked most about this book was that it was pretty "balanced." Although Kira's community was currently under the instruction of a "prophet" who was apparently stricter than past prophets, the characters weren't all blind fanatics. There was real doubt and struggle within Kira's family as they balked against the order that she, at 13, marry her 60-year-old uncle, torn between their honest belief that the prophet spoke for God and their trepidation about giving Kira to this marriage. As the marriage preparations ensued, the author did a good job of depicting both Kira's intense fear and her family's warmth that tried to gloss over it. I particularly appreciated the scene where Kira's three mothers take her into the city to shop for wedding dress fabric.

Kira's mothers were probably the most fascinating characters to me -- the way they supported one another but also lived in a bit of friction, the way they loved Kira in different but equally powerful ways. Unfortunately, none of them was able to love her in a way that would support her need to leave the community, although they clearly all felt her pain. They just lived in a system where the cards were SO stacked against them.

This book wasn't one of those that gives organized religion a bad name, and I liked that it never named exactly which religion Kira belonged to. The ending was harsher than I wanted it to be, and it also felt a little abrupt. But at least it was laced with a little hope.

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Jenna Yay, I'm glad you're finally getting to this!

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