The Chosen One – Book Review

the-chosen-oneThe Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Kyra is the daughter of her father’s third wife.  According to their prophet, polygamy is a means to salvation and girls and women must be subservient to the men in their lives.  To this point in her life, Kyra has been lucky to have a father and mothers who allow her relative freedom.  She has begun a flirtation with a young boy in the compound and makes secretive weekly visits to a bookmobile.  However, the prophet has a plan for Kyra.  She is to marry one of his Apostles, Hyrum.  A man who just happens to be the eldest brother of Kyra’s father – she is to be her uncle’s seventh wife.

This is quite a heartbreaking young adult novel.  I am told that it is one of the very best  young adult novels dealing with polygamy out there.  I did find it to be a fantastic and very quick read.  The storyline was superb.  That being said, I wouldn’t say it is the best young adult novel I’ve read this year.  Much of “The Chosen One” is told from Kyra’s point of view in almost a stream-of-consciousness style.  It definitely works, but I think that Laurie Halse Anderson did it better with “Wintergirls.”  That being said, I would still definitely recommend “The Chosen One,” particularly to young adult readers.

Buy this book from:
Powells.
A local independent bookseller via Indiebound.
Amazon.

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