"'Keep sweet, Alva Jane, above all.'
Alva Jane has never questioned her parents, never questioned her faith, never questioned her future. She is content with the strict rules that define her life in Pineridge, the walled community where she lives with her father, his seven wives, and her twenty-eight siblings. This is the only world Alva has ever known, and she has never thought to challenge it.
But everything changes when Alva is caught giving her longtime crush an innocent first kiss. Beaten, scorned, and now facing a forced marriage to a violent fifty-year-old man, Alva suddenly realizes how much she has to lose - and how impossible it will be to escape."
This was definitely an emotionally charged read. It made me ANGRY how the women in this story are treated. Especially 14 year old Alva. And sadly, I know this story rings true for some women caught up in the fundamentalist LDS community.
I don't know if there is going to be a sequel to this book or not, but I really did not like how the book ended. There were a lot of unanswered questions.
Warning: I would not recommend this for young readers. I would say 14 and up. Intense subject material including depictions of physical violence and rape.