December 18, 2015 | by Casey | The Family

by Marissa Kennerson on October 8th 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult



Just like any average seventeen year old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers are sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…

All one hundred and eighty three of them.

Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The Family members coexist with the values of complete openness and honesty, and a shared fear of contagious infection in the outside world.

So when Adam, their Father, prophet, and savior, announces that Twig will be his new bride, she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the grounds, Twig finds that the world outside is not necessarily as toxic as she was made to believe. When she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, she begins to question everything about her life within the Family, and the cult to which she belongs.

But when it comes to your Family, you don’t always get a choice.

I don’t even know where to begin……… readers tend to say those words a lot when they come off of a really good read. The Family was so different, with a plot line that I can only call “crazy”. The concept behind the book kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. In a day and age where so many books seem to have the same story line going on, it is so refreshing to find something that stands out among a crowd.

The “Cult” world that Marissa Kennerson created captivates and draws readers in- with myself being no exception.

Twig’s life is so different from what any one of us live. To watch what her and the other members of “The Family” go through on a day to day basis was eye opening; especially to know that these things are very real in the world we live in today. Twig was kept so innocent to happenings in the real world and completely brain washed by their leader Adam. The author wrote in a way that you actually felt and experienced the changes that were taking place in Twig’s life. There were times where I truly understood how someone would not flee from a situation no matter how wrong or bad it was.

I don’t want to say too much because I do not want to take away from the nail biting suspense that I experienced. My only issue was the abrupt way that it ended- does it take away from the whole experience of the book?- NO, however as an avid reader I definitely need more closure. Hopefully we can expect more from this author SOON……….