Keep Sweet

Keep Sweet

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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.
ISBN: 9781442409774


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Aug 06, 2016

This book hit all my favorite buttons, so my guess is that is why I liked it, rather than the setting or writing style (pretty simple and easy-to-read). I liked the transformation in Alva. However, the parts in this novel that were supposed to speed your heart rate up I barely noticed. It may have been due to the tone, pace, and writing style, but I wish I had felt more emotion.

dollfacecrafter Jan 14, 2014

very similar to SISTER WIFE, tells the story of a young girl who is starting to believe that the ways of her religious community are not all it is cracked up to be. making young girls marry these old perverts as soon as they get their period, so they can be raped and have a billion babies so supposedly they can enter the kingdom of heaven. ridiculous, who can possible believe that?? only the perverted old men who get to have multiple wives believe that because they think with their "willys".

Mar 02, 2012

Interesting, Thrilling and Disturbing all at the same time!

Oct 16, 2011

This book was pretty interesting. It made me a little sick to my stomach though. It sucked me in to the plot and I couldn't put it down. I chose this book to do a school project on and I kinda wish I hadn't since I had no idea how inappropriate it would be to explain in front of a whole class. It was a good read nonetheless!

Icicle Feb 02, 2011

If I had read this book before I'd read "The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams I probably would have better things to say but they are such similar stories. Still, I enjoy reading about polygamist sects so I enjoyed both books.

Sep 30, 2010

Having read Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka and The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, I was definitely interested in reading another YA novel about polygamous societies. Keep Sweet is just as good as both of these books.

Keep Sweet is about a girl named Alva, living in the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints community of Pineridge. She never questions her faith, or the fact that her dad has seven wives. She is a perfectly respectable young woman, but all that changes when she is caught giving her crush a first kiss. Forced to marry a violent, fifty-year-old man, Alva starts to see her faith for what it really is, and realizes she needs to escape if she wants a chance at a good life.

Wow. This book was horrifying and shocking. The narration at the beginning was so strange. Here's Alva, speaking about things so abnormal, but saying it as though it's no big deal. Like she believes it. Because, in the beginning, she does.

This book was scary, more so than the other two I mentioned earlier. Alva seems more mature than other female protagonists, so she speaks of things in a very knowing way. So when she finally ends up getting married, it just makes everything so creepy. Greene doesn't mind getting a little graphic and harsh. I think she had to. She really wanted to drive home how horrible life is for the young women in these communities. And she did a remarkable job.

Okay, so this is not necessarily what you could call an 'enjoyable' read, but it's a good one nonetheless. It's also very educational, so it's a great way to learn about polygamy while being intrigued by such a gripping book. If you liked Sister Wife or The Chosen One, I would definitely recommend this one. And if you haven't read those two, add them to your list along with Keep Sweet!


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