Friday, August 14, 2009

Review: The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Book Info:
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 12, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780312555115
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much -- if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle -- who already has six wives -- Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

The Chosen One has been all over lots of blogs lately and almost every one has posted posted a positive review. Not to be repetitive, my I am going to add my voice to the (seemingly) tons of bloggers who love this book.

The Chosen One is one of those books where I often found myself clenching my teeth and squeezing my hands into fists. I wanted to hug Kyra and make things better for her, while at the same time I wanted to slap most of the adults. I love it when I have such an emotional response to books. It really means that I've connected to the characters.

I found a few of the scenarios in the book a little extreme, far fetched even. It's not that I can't picture crazy things happening, but some of it seemed a little over the top. And while this was a little distracting, it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of this book. 4.5 stars


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I rated this book the same as you. I LOVED the audio version. Great review.

teabird said...

I loved this book and liked your review a lot! My review is here

Jenny said...

I actually haven't read anything about this yet but I've seen it around. Sounds really good!

Marie Cloutier said...

I cna't wait to read this. I have it in my TBR pile and you're right- everyone loves it! :-)

Ceri said...

Wow, I've never heard of this but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Added to my wishlist now :-D

Zibilee said...

I just bought the 19th Wife, and I am looking forward to reading this one as well. I am glad you liked this and I, too, have heard that this is a great book. I will have to let you know what I think of it once I read it.