The Chosen One
Kyra loves her family. She loves her father, 3 mothers, and 19 siblings. Our protagonist is use to her way of life, but she has some secrets. Good juicy ones if you ask me. There is a bookmobile that comes by every Wednesday, and against what the sect leaders say she goes read those "horrible immoral" books. As a reader this made me smile. Books can really change your life. The next secret is probably even worse. She is in love ...more
Basically, Kyra is a 13 year old in a place where the leader (called the Prophet) chooses who you marry. It is a very different novel and explores religion and culture and especially the way i ...more
”I am not me anymore.
I go to sleep knowing that.
I am not me. Any. More.”
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams is a thought provoking read that hit my heart hard. Hot, angry tears mixed right in with my cries of “no, no, NO!” A disturbing story filled with pain and ugliness, but strength and hope as well. Faith holds the power to inspire and devastate.
Readers are introduced to 13 year old Kyra, her family, and way of life in an isolated Polygamist community. A life filled with the weight and war ...more
I don’t approach books that deal with complex subjects (in thi ...more
The book narrates a story of Kyra, a 13-year old girl born and raised in a polygamist compound. Her family is huge, she has 3 mothers and over a dozen of siblings. Kyra's life is quite acceptable in spite of the tough fundamentalist rules that prohibit reading, danci ...more
once I started I couldn't put it down. Like, the plot just built masterfully, raising the stakes and keeping me invested and it didn't really give me a moment to breathe (in a good way)
I cried. Actually cried. Rare for me in a book. Okay, maybe I got on the verge of going all-out and bawling...
The prose was LOVELY. Really kind of sparingly written, but in such a way that the emotions and the ache was more intense. It's just GORGEOUSLY written and it really didn't s ...more
Kyra is thirteen and lives in a polygamist community with her father, her mother, his father's two other wives, and her 20 brothers and sisters.
One day, the Prophet of their community says he has had a vision and that Kyra must marry her own uncle, who is 60 years old and she will be his 7th wife.
Kyra is obviously desperate, she is only 13, and come on, ew!
I was drawn from the first pages, Kyra tells us her story and you can't help but feel so much towards this girl! ...more
Emotional and heartbreaking, whilst simultaneously fascinating and captivating. I felt so invested in Kyra and her life, family and struggles.
Kyra is a 13 year old girl, and A Chosen One. She lives with her family - her father, her three mothers, and her 20 siblings - in a compound with the other Chosen Ones and the Prophet, obeying the Prophet's rules that have been passed down to him from God. But Kyra does ...more
That's the first word that came to mind as I turned the final page of THE CHOSEN ONE. I sat contemplating what I had just finished and had to process everything that Kyra had been through.
Meet Kyra Carlson. She is the second daughter to one of her father's three wives. She has been brought up in the Chosen One compound. Life wasn't always so strict. But when Prophet Childs takes over the lead, he takes tighter control. A fence is placed around the gro ...more
Kyra is a member of the Chosen Ones, a polygamist group isolated from the rest of its community. Suffocating from the restrictions placed upon her, Kyra’s only form of rebellion is checking out library books and immersing herself within them up in her favorite tree.
The Chosen One exceeded my low expectations! It is so much ...more
Murdering defective infants? Really? In the FLDS culture, "special" kids are considered too special to have come down from heaven completely, and are treasured. (It is true that other forms of handicap are looked down upon: blindness, paralysis, etc.)
Perhaps Wi ...more
Williams's book, however, is much darker than Hrdlitschka's. I think the focus is also different. Hrdlitschk ...more
Told from Kyra’s point of view, this novel unfolds a story of desperation, love, fear, and freedom. Kyra’s internal struggle was masterfully depicted. I never once questioned her desire to stay. Why would you not? To leave your family and everything you have come to know. I only hope that I would posses that t ...more
Gripping from the first page, beautifully written, piercing.
Even though her father ...more
That ice cube scene with the baby just about finished me off. I just can't stand reading such cruelty. The fact that the father was just going to stay put and let his daughter be married as a 7th wife to a man...no not just a man, her freakin ...more
I love the main character, Kyra. She is strongly determined, caring, and bookish.
The Chosen One reminded me of Keep Sweet by Michelle Greene, perhaps more than any other book has ever reminded me of another. I imagine that there are cert ...more
This book is guilty of keeping me up till four AM so I could reach the last page, which was tender and gripping and hopeful.
This book made me cry.
This book made me mad.
This book was a book- not a half-assed pile of words that somebody put together and stamped on the New York Times Best-Selling List.
What would you do if you couldn’t choose? Choose who you want to marry, or how many spouses your husband marries? How many children you want? What you can read, watch, do? We seem to take it all for granted, and in this harrowing read, Carol Lynch Williams takes us into the world of Kyra Leigh Carlson, who has the ability to choose none of the above.
Thirteen-year-old Kyra Leigh ...more
I've never been a religious person though I will admit to being fascinated with the fanatical elements that sometime occur within a religion. The Chosen One definitely falls into that category; it was haunting and shocking. Now, I am not a scholar on the issue but I have watched my fair share of documentaries and read every news story I can get my hands on. I can't claim to know for sure how much of what happens within these pages is truth, but I ...more
I like learning about polygamist communities because they're so unique... and frightening.
However, this book started off promising, but by the end I was puzzled and very annoyed.
Here we have the main character Kyra, a kind and interesting main character who falls in love with someone she shouldn't love. We meet her family and siblings who are all charming.
Then we meet the enemy, the Prophet who insists that Kyra marries her cruel uncle who already ...more
Kyra is thirteen and about to marry her uncle, but only because it is God’s will. Polygamy aside, violence and skewe ...more
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About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more
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"Think of it," I said to Laura when I turned twelve. "I'm almost Mother Sarah's age when she was married."
Laura looked at me, her squinty eyes even more narrowed. "You could have your own old man as a husband," she said.
"Shut up," I had said.
And she had laughed.”