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By Gabrielle on 06-09-15
A Different Spin on Coming-of-Age
Would you listen to Devoted again? Why?
Yes, I will listen to this story again. I grew up around families who held similar beliefs to Rachel's family, so her story resonated strongly with me.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Devoted?
Many of the memorable moments for me are spoiler-y, but I loved the relationship between Rachel and her next-younger sister, Ruth. I also loved the relationships she built with people outside her family (trying to stay spoiler-free here), and also how the story shows us several very different reactions to growing up in such a strictly religiously fundamentalist lifestyle.
Have you listened to any of Jennifer Grace’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I don't believe I've listened to Jennifer Grace narrate another book, but she did an excellent job with this one.
Any additional comments?
I'm honestly curious to see how someone unfamiliar with the Christian fundamentalist/patriarchy/homeschool culture would react to this story. The way Rachel was raised felt very familiar to me--as I said earlier, I had a number of friends raised in similar circumstances--which made me resonate strongly with the story. Mathieu's writing and character development is so strong, however, that I think people unfamiliar with Rachel's culture would still enjoy this book.