The Chosen One

The Chosen  One by Carol Lynch Williams
Carol Lynch Williams
St. Martin's Griffin
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  TKono
"The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams is a contemporary historical fiction book. It follows the story of a girl living in a polygamist society. Her way of life is described, along with her interactions among her family members. There is drama as the girl falls in love with a young boy. This is forbidden because she is supposed to marry an older man. Her adventure of leaving the polygamist colony and coming of age makes this book a must for young readers.

This book is told with a frank narration. No details are held back as the girl accounts of her time in the polygamist society. When there are beatings or other acts of violence, these are included but are not so graphic as to make the reader put the book down. The story is excellently written and will make readers think about how others live. There is a bonus CD with the book with an excerpt from the book, as well.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Kyra lives in a sequestered community where the men have many wives and even more children. Her father alone has three wives and twenty one children. The Prophet of the community tells Kyra that she will marry her uncle (who is at least fifty years older than her). She is absolutely disgusted by this decree. As Kyra reads books that are forbidden in her community and begins to fall in love with a young boy that she is meeting in private, she realizes the wrong that her community does by forcing marriage. Kyra is going to be married to her uncle in one month unless she can find a way to prevent that.

Kyra is a wonderful narrator. The book is written so that the words on the page are the thoughts in her mind as she thinks them. This causes the plot to be interrupted many times with memories that Kyra holds from years ago. Because Kyra's emotions control the events in the novel, it allows the reader to become acquainted with her. The vocabulary was appropriate for the age of the narrator, and it made reading the book quicker. I really enjoyed the ending of the book because what happens to all of the characters is not set in stone. It forces the reader to decide what happened for themself. I recommend this book to readers who like teen fiction about family and love.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America


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