Monday, July 11, 2016
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Wow. This is an excellent book. Seventeen year old Rachel has been raised in a family that is part of a very fundamental Christian church that follows the quiverfull philosophy - one of patriarchalism and separation from most of society. She and her 9 brothers and sisters have always been home schooled and she has been taught that she must dress modestly in order to protect men from lust. She has never been allowed to go anywhere on her own, has never watched TV and has never been alone with a boy. When her mother miscarries and falls into depression, which her parents don't believe in going to a doctor for, Rachel must take the lead in caring for her younger siblings. She also helps her father with his home business by doing some of his paperwork for him on their old computer. After hearing that Lauren, a girl who had left their community had been seen back in town, Rachel decides to look her up on the computer. Lauren's website refers to Rachel's church as a cult and Rachel contacts Lauren. She realizes that she does not want to marry and have lots of children right away like her older sister did and Lauren lets Rachel know that there is much more to life than that and helps Rachel to escape when her parents threaten to send her to a religious boot camp. The book is well-written and the characters and situations are realistic. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.