Jun 6, 2013
Book Review: Keep Sweet by Michele Dominguez Greene
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 long-time 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.
I've read quite a few books on this subject before. For this being a fictional story, it was right on point in accuracy with the non fiction books I've read before. Alva falls in love with a boy her age, their love is forbidden and she is soon forced to marry a much older man. She tries to escape at one point, but ends up getting caught and forced back to the compound. It is sad and devastating that nothing can be done to help her, or others like her. This is a great YA read, and would be great for anyone interested in the subject. It is well written and makes me want to check out more books by this author.
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars!