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Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: young-adult, 2009
Read in December, 2009

This book is told from the point of view of three female characters: Celeste, a 14 year old girl born and raised in a polygamist community, Nanette, her younger sister and Taviana, a teen who was not born into the community, but who joined it willingly after a hard life on the streets. Celeste is about to be assigned a husband, but she is starting to doubt her faith in the ways of the community. She is attracted to a young man and is not looking forward to being married to an old one. Nanette is the opposite - she yearns for the day she will be given to a man and become a celestial wife. Taviana is simply grateful to have a safe place to sleep, but is introducing phrases and worldly knowledge to the other girls that the prophet does not approve of. Their story unfolds both in and out of the community called Unity.

This book should appeal to teens who have watched the TV series Big Love. The concept of polygamy is quite fascinating and this provides a glimpse into both the horrors, but also the happiness some of women find. The book is well paced and the characters are nicely developed.
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