22718682Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Source: Publisher! (THANKS!)
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul. – Goodreads

Review:

I am extremely fascinated by religion, always have been, probably always will be. When I read the blurb for Devoted I knew I had to read it, and I’m so glad I took a chance on this book. Because I adored it.

Devoted is the story of Rachel, a proper church going girl, who respects and obeys her parents, and lives her life in a way that will make her a proper wife and mother who serves the Lord. She was born to become a mother and a wife and she knows that place. Her parents have trained her for that since she was born. She takes care of her younger siblings, she assists them with homework, and getting them ready for bed, and taking care of her family when her mother suffers from a horrible loss. While she has older brothers, it is not their job to take care of the family, it is the women’s job and Rachel is fine with that.

But one day she isn’t. One day she starts to think there is more to life than what her parents believe and have lead her to believe. Whenever she strays outside the very, very small line her parents have allowed her to have she worries that she has disappointed her parents, her pastor, and God. She knows she shouldn’t be having these thoughts, and knows that it isn’t normal, she just wants to be the Godly child her parents raised.

Slowly though, Rachel begins to question more and more and finds a blog from someone who left her community. Lauren, the black sheep of the community that everyone looks down on, but actually seems happier. Lauren, who ends up saving Rachel’s life and becomes one of her closest friends.

Rachel ends up going from seeing Lauren in passing, to calling Lauren after a bad day and having her come rescues Rachel from the chance of going to Journey of Faith (a Christian work/brainwash camp). What I enjoyed about this book is that Rachel stated Rachel throughout the novel. Even when everything around her was changing, and her life was turned upside down, she was still Rachel. She still enjoyed books, she still loved her family, and she still loved God. She just wasn’t the person her parents thought she was and that was the end of part of her life, but started another life. Devoted ended hopeful and I’m so glad. I found it to be quite a perfect read.