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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  12 reviews
15-year-old Alaina Roberts can count on one hand the number of times she’s left Shiloh, a cult compound in the North Georgia mountains. After being found beaten in a shed during an FBI raid, she’s forced to leave the only home she’s ever known and live among the sinners she’s been raised to fear. At first, she does her best to resist the influences of her Aunt Beth and Cou ...more
Published January 28th 2016 by Loomis Park Press
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Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let's put it this way: I read this ARC in one sitting.

OUTSIDE was such a cool read. I don't normally pick up things that have religious situations in the plot simply because I came from a really uptight and judgmental religious background myself and am still recovering from it (but that's another story). But Shiloh, the religious extremist compound in OUTSIDE, was at a completely different level. These guys were severe and scary, and I loved reading about their lifestyle.

From the beginning, Ala
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller, romance
I received the ARC of this book from the publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading “Outside" during the New Year's fuss and despite all that should have been done, I couldn't put it down. The main character — Alaina, 15 years old — lives in a small religious compound Shiloh with her Mother. Shiloh, in Alaina’s own words, is “heaven on Earth for the Lord’s chosen people”. Alaina has almost never left Shiloh, except for a few short supervised vis
Nicole Sewell
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Of course I love this book. I wrote it!
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Alaina Roberts is part of a cult, Shiloh in North Georgia. Alaina has dark hair and freckles. Everyone at the compound tells her that her hair is dark because she's born in sin and each of her freckles in a sin spot. The book picks up her story when she's 15 years old and is about to go on a trip to see the 'sinners' of the outside world. She and many other 'coming of age' teenagers/children are taken to the library where books full of sinful information are freely given. Curiosity and chance la ...more
Rebekah Laird
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from librarything for an honest review.
This book was very well written and kept me interested the entire novel. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. One was the differing points of view, I have read similar books to this one and it is all about the individual trying to adjust but not much is heard from the others trying surrounding this person adjusting to a “normal” life. Having differing points of view allowed you to see the story unfold and the struggles that both partie
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the format of the book - the story told by two narrators, Alaina and Adam. Alaina is a girl who grew up in a closed religious community. She got punished for taking an innocent book from the library and reading it. When her mom finds out, she reports her to the "Elders". She is punished by flogging. The story then moves outside the community, after the police got involved and she is taken to live with her aunt and cousin. H
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this e-book for free as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. And am glad I did! I couldn't put it down! I was really surprised by this, actually, and even as I continued to read, wouldn't have been able to say what made it so captivating...but it was! The two main characters alternate perspectives in telling the story, which kept it interesting, and they are both likable. The general premise of the book was interesting -- what happens when someone leaves a cult and has t ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was written well and engrossing enough to be read in one sitting.

After a young girl is 'rescued' from the cult compound she grew up in, she is sent to live with her aunt and cousin. There she has to learn who she is and who she wants to be while deciding which beliefs to keep from her old life.

Both content and reading difficulty make this appropriate for younger YAs.

The perspective is mainly from the young girl Alaina but occasionally it switches to the neighbor boy Adam's perspecti
Deanna Cabinian
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. This book was well-written and the story entertaining. I could totally see this as a Lifetime movie, which is a compliment. I felt like it started out slow, however. It didn’t really pick up until Adam showed up. I also felt like there should have been more Adam chapters to balance it out vs. Alaina. I enjoyed seeing how Alaina reacted to everything. But based on her reactions to clothing, etc. it seemed like she should have had a re ...more
Sophie Alice
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Loomis Park Press in exchange for an honest review. This was a one sitting ARC for sure, so many brilliant characters throughout and I wasn't bored on a single page. Alaina is an incredibly complex and well written protagonist and I really enjoyed her journey through 'Outside'. I would have liked the end to have a little more meat to it rather than leaving me to draw my own conclusions although i do think that style has it's own benefits. I would happily read ...more
Pamela Hobbs
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story

I liked this story because the main character Alaina is so awkwardly sweet. It's a good book for young people. Straight storyline, but with enough character and interest to keep you wondering what's next.
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I loved this book! it was an easy read but full of drama and suspense I read it all in one sitting. I'm surprised there's so few ratings, come on people give this book a read! ...more
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