The 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.