Lost Boy

Lost Boy

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Orca Book Publishers
Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or "polygs," but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and homelessness. When he hits rock bottom, someone from his past enters his new life and helps him find his way.

Jon and several of the novel’s other characters were introduced in Shelley Hrdlitschka's earlier novel Sister Wife.
In this work of fiction for young adults, a teenaged boy is banished from his polygamous community after he is caught kissing a girl.

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781459816374
Branch Call Number: O/YA


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Aug 09, 2018

Jon flees his polygamist community in order to avoid the inevitable fallout after he is caught kissing a girl. Suddenly a "lost boy" launched into the world of gentiles with no home, job, or education, and few practical skills, he secures temporary shelter with a friend and enrolls in high school. Although he was expecting life in the outside world to be challenging, catching up in school soon feels like a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, resulting in feelings of hopelessness.

This story had a lot of potential, and told by a different author might have been something compelling and wonderful. Instead, it feels like a heavy-handed after-school special. There is far too much exposition and explanation, rather than allowing an intelligent reader to infer. Writing for teens shouldn't have to mean dumbing down vocabulary and sentence structure.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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