Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
In the isolated rural community of Unity, the people of The Movement live a simple life guided by a set of religious principles and laws that are unique to them. Polygamy is the norm, strict obedience is expected and it is customary for young girls to be assigned to much older husbands. Celeste was born and raised in Unity, yet she struggles to fit in. At fifteen she is repulsed at the thought of being assigned to an older man and becoming a sister wife, and she knows for certain she is not cut out to raise children. She wants something more for herself, yet feels powerless to change her destiny because rebelling would bring shame upon her family. How will Celeste find her way out of Unity? Torn from the headlines and inspired by current events, Sister Wife is a compelling portrait of a community where the laws of the outside world are ignored and where individuality is punished.
I read this in a single evening. I liked it, but I am a fan of young adult literature in its own right and this is very much a YA book. If you are a grownup looking for a serious novel, this is not it; if your favorite soap opera is Degrassi you’ll probably enjoy this book. Polygamy filtered through teen angst
buy it on amazon.com (I got it used for under $2)