By: Jennifer Mathieu
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Rachel lives in a strict religious community where her father controls her behavior, the friends she hangs out with—even the clothes she wears. Rachel feels like she is slowly suffocating under the pressure to get married soon and produce children, but an opportunity to escape suddenly arrises when an old friend of Rachel’s, Lauren, who left the community years ago, moves back into town.
• Profanity (F-word, d*ck, h*ll, d*mn, and cr*p)
• References to sex, immodest clothing, lust, bras, and a picture of a couple kissing
• Arousal, attraction, and a boy glances at two girls’ backsides who are wearing bikinis
• Nudity (a character undresses in the bathroom and looks at herself in the mirror)
• Brief mention of homosexuality
• Reference to a boy looking at pornography
• A father beats his daughter
• A father slaps his daughter
• Families disown their children
• One character drinks a couple times and gets drunk and hungover
• Reference to drinking vodka
• Mentions of a character smoking pot
• Lying and disobeying parents’ orders
Devoted is a thought-provoking and eye-opening story that explores the different ways people perceive Christianity. The book isn’t trying to mock Christians, and the main character, Rachel, has a quiet, peaceful admiration toward God throughout the novel.
Readers who enjoyed Devoted might also like The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams.