Rachel Walker's family and community have turned away from the world.
Every part of Rachel's life is controlled, from what she reads to where she goes and what she wears. Her parents dictate how her life must be: marriage, modesty, children and obedience to her future husband. But when a former member of her community, a girl who escaped, moves back to her small Texas town, Rachel's world turns upside down.
She realises that her life is her own. But can she find the courage to fight for it?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Jennifer has became one of my favourite authors. Her books always leave such an impact and I just really adore how she tells her stories.
Devoted is a fantastic book. Going into this book I thought it was going to be more centred around religion but, it is more of a coming of age story. About a girl who starts to question everything around her. Her community, the way things are ran, her family and how they control almost every aspect of her life and she wants to get some answers.
In this story we follow Rachel Walker. She is homeschooled, is only allowed to read text books and the bible but, she starts to question the rule of her church. Then a girl returns, Lauren, who left and is supposedly a 'bad girl'. Rachel finds her online blog when she sneaks onto a computer one night and finds out about why Lauren ran away and reads about her leaving a church she calls a cult. Rachel knows she needs to be careful. She starts to dream of a future where she is in charge of herself. She is able to do what she wants and love who she wants without someone controlling her every move. But, the deeper she gets into it the more dangerous it could be for her if anyone found out about her emailing Lauren and the thoughts she has in her head about her free future.
I just adored this book. I really liked Rachel. She is a very likeable character and you are rooting for her from the get go. You get to read about her and her thoughts, how she feels about this whole situation and how she wants better for herself. She wants a life where she doesn't have to be told what to do all day every day and never be afraid of being shunned or ridiculed.
Jennifer has written something amazing here and has to be my favourite book from her. I was instantly gripped from the beginning and I just couldn't put it down until I knew Rachel had the best life.
A fantastic book from Jennifer that you all need to pick up!