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Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A fast paced, entertaining YA read, about a girl in a cult, or rather cult like church and she is at her limit and then she meets Nate. The story has a little romance, I would have liked more it would have been a beak from some of the tension and terrible things that happen, the story is well written and unpredictable, a really good read

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Shanannigans
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Marli Meade is the only child of Charles, the preacher and leader of the scary and dark Church on the Mountain, situated on a bleak mountainside in the Appalachians. Her life is a grim cycle of church, prayer, and bullying at the local high school, where she’s picked on for her clothes, her hair, her life. Her home life is a misery of harsh neglect and emotional abuse at the hands of her taciturn father and his frightening mother, both of whom detest the title character and are determined to ...more
Cristina Grau
The book depicts Marli as being the daughter of the minister of a secluded sect in the Appalachian Mountains. Her life is mandated by the rigid rules of the church. However, when she meets outsider Nate Porter, the book turns (in my opinion) into a young adult romance book.
I would like to have read more about the church and the diabolic treatment of the parishioners. (I am morbid).
As I mentioned this is a young adult book, it is well written, and it was an entertaining read.
Great cover and
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Megan
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this YA novel about 16-year-old Marli Meade and her cult like church. The book starts very prescriptive: repressed girl meets boy, girl forced by church to do things unimaginable, girl wants out, and boy tries to help. The natural expected progression is refreshing rather than stale, and then as the story heats up Marli’s situation becomes much more dire and far less prescriptive than the start. The climactic ending just keeps hitting and continues to grab you long after you ...more
Ana Harvey
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I read "The Reformation of Marli Meade" I felt like I do when I watch dramas on the Hallmark channel: simply entertained. Tracy Hewitt Meyer writes with great skill as she describes the coming of age story of a sheltered teenage girl dominated by a strict church family in the Appalachian mountains who meets and falls for an outside boy that makes her question her life and yearn for more. The book was a very quick read and Meyer's writing keeps the pace flowing with just the right amount of ...more
Jaime
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marli is the only child of Charles, the leader of a secluded religious sect in the mountains. As things begin to spiral out of control she meets Nate, a guy who makes her way all the things her father, and the church, are against. Fast paced, this book will have you turning the pages as anxious as Marli. Tense and heart pounding with a little romance thrown in to give it just the right balance.
Laura
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marli leaps off the page and into your heart. She’ll be with me a long, long time.
Samantha Osborne
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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i really loved it , it was a great read from start to finish i could not put it down
Brett'swife
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. I found the premise of the story to be unique with several truly scary characters. Look forward to reading more from the author.
Jasmyn
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will really make you think about life, that wierd girl at school, and how nobody's live is perfect. Marli is quite a character. An outcast in her cult-like church's community for not being docile enough, and an outcast in mainstream society for being part of a cult-like church community. She doesn't fit in anywhere. But she has an inner strength that carries her above what is going on around her. She manages to hold her head high and roll with the punches until things really start to ...more
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I am the award-winning author of YA fiction, including the Rowan Slone Series, and The Reformation of Marli Meade.

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