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The story follows Joshua, a teen boy who wants nothing more than to leave the cult he grew up in. Children of the cult have no mother or father figure but are raised in a strange loveless community. As older siblings run away, Joshua must decide if he will stay or go. I found his coming of age struggle inspiring. His voice was very true to a sometimes young fifteen-year-old attitude, sometimes kind and thoughtful, and sometimes annoying with the character grumbling about things. All in all it was a thought-provoking read.
This book will leave you feeling all kinds of emotions: anger, sadness, love, friendship, and joy. The author did an excellent job of showing about the cult that Joshua lived in, but making the book about relationships and overcoming hard things. At times I wanted to strangle characters and other times hug them. Listen to/read this if you're looking for a unique perspective on growing up.