The Family

The Family 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 e

  • Title: The Family
  • Author: Marissa Kennerson
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  • Page: 396
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  • 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 aJust 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.

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  • Marissa Kennerson

    Marissa Kennerson received her B.A in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley Before earning her master s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour She lives in California with her family The Family is her first novel Full Fathom Five Digital and will be coming out October 2014.

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  • Dnf-d at 68%. So slow and things just got more and more implausible and coincidental. And Avery's back story/reasons for staying? Also started off fine but then quickly seemed to turn into whatever the author needed to make her plot happen regardless of how flimsy it was. So I skipped ahead to the last chapter and I was like "really? Nope not wasting any more time."


  • 2.5 StarsI had such high hopes (sigh), but alas This was a big letdown. I was so bored, it's not even funny. The Family were brainwashed and, ok I expect that, but do we really believe everyone on the outside has a contagious virus? Like they didn't get their food and necessities from this sick contagious world. Come on. Twig just wasn't interesting in any sense of the word. She was annoying more than anything. I kept having to read about her paintings and I'm thinking, 'Do I care?'What really r [...]


  • Light spoilers perchance?I'm torn on this book! I absolutely loved it and haven't read a book so quickly as this in the past few months. I could NOT put it down. It was a refreshing take on a young adult novel, which is exactly what I needed to read. The only reason I'm torn is because I want to know more of what happens to Twig! If there is a sequel with her and Leo in the States, sign. me. up. I love the Cohens. Also, the ending. Abrupt and sudden. But I felt so relieved by the last line. I wa [...]


  • Originally posted for the blog tour - readingadd/2015/11Honestly, this is not the first book based on an idea like this that I have read, but everytime when I find one I'm intrigued. It's very interesting to see how each one is so alike to the other one and at the same time they are so different. And I keep reading them, because I'm curious and at the same time I get so mad.I get so mad, because when I think that there, somewhere in the world, this kind of groups exist I just one to kill the lea [...]


  • This was a captivating book. The world that Marissa Kennerson has created is so rich and developed, it felt as if I were reading a true account of someone's life. I immediately felt for Twig and her odd existence in this very disturbing "Family." It felt all too possible and was scary to think about the children who are raised in these communities. There's even a much larger and still functioning cult today called "The Family" (formerly Children of God) that I feel is even more sinister in desig [...]


  • Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!I haven’t read a lot of books dealing with cults…the one or two that I have read haven’t really been up my alley and I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy them, no matter how I tried. While I was worried this book would follow that same pattern, I wanted to give it a shot anyway, because it had such an interesting premise, and I was full of curiosity as to how the book would play out.From the first page of The Family, I [...]


  • Ugh. I read this because a friend recommended it to me and I couldn't finish it. I pushed my way through about half of it, but wanted to walk away much earlier. It was an intriguing premise, but very poorly executed.First off, the story and world is so incredibly inconsistent it made it almost impossible for me to get into the story. There are so many instances of it, that I don't want to sit and just list out all the issues I had with the consistency, but I think the one stand-out example for m [...]


  • 3.5 Stars'The Family' is a fascinating young adult novel that takes a deeper look into cults and the lives that the people within them live. Our main character, Twig, was born and raised in The Family - it's the only thing she's ever known. She does everything she's supposed to in order to be a good member of The Family - even if she does have some doubtful and sinful thoughts at times, which she can only share with her best friend Ryan, because he shares her feelings. Twig is a realistic main c [...]


  • I've recently become fascinated with the whole cult concept. I have only read one other series where a cult is involved in the story line. I chose this book as my official first cult based book because it seemed to have a tamer plot which is what I wanted. With that being said this book was very intriguing. It really drew me in right from the start and kept my attention throughout. I ended up reading the entire book in less than 24 hours! The story is based on a young girl named Twig who belongs [...]


  • I found this book on a Kindle deal for $1.99--pulled in by the cover (the paperback version I think) and the setting of a compound in Costa Rica with a collective family (cult) and the teenage girl who has spent her life there. It's a young adult book but has a fascinating story that immediately pulled me in and kept me reading--holding my breath through most of the book. I have long been fascinated by cults and insulated religious groups and Marissa Kennerson paints such a vivid and chilling pi [...]


  • Although The Family is based around a fascinating and rather extreme subject - a cult - it is a fairly middle of the road kind of a read. It's reasonably entertaining, but is prevented from being a four star read by the limited characterisation and excessive focus on romance. Twig could've been an interesting character - the soon-to-be child bride of the cult leader - but is never fully fleshed out. She is a vehicle for a message, not a living breathing human being. Her opinions on the society t [...]


  • I had the feeling I'd love this book from the second I heard about it (YA set in a cult? yes please, sign me up!) but I didn't know just how MUCH I'd love it. THE FAMILY was absolutely nothing like I expected. To be honest, I don't know what I was expecting. Something with a little more action, maybe? Something closer to a thriller, or a dystopian? This book wasn't either of those things. And that's 100% okay. In fact, I'm GLAD this book wasn't either of those things, because then it wouldn't be [...]


  • Full of Emotions that Carry You Through the BookNever having been in this situation, the author paints what I feel is a very realistic picture. The main character Twig experiences so many different emotions and experiences so many highs and lows, just as I'd imagine it would be in that situation. I found myself swept away on Twig's journey and was never quite sure what would happen next. For an author to continually surprise me is a wonderful thing and I highly recommend this book. Just make sur [...]


  • "The Family" is a interesting novel about Twig who is raised in a cult called "The Family". In this cult everything is done for the collectiv and individualismn is something that is strongly forbidden. They are lead by a middleaged man called Adam - who is their father and godlike figure and sets the rules for The Family. I liked learning about the cult and the psychological point behind their live style. It was the most interesting part for me and I hoped from the beginning that there's a lot t [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book, I'm hella sad that it is no longer going to be a two book series and this is the only one.


  • So much promise until the end happened hurriedly and without much detail. Hoping there's a sequel but not holding my breath.


  • I knew this book had struck a chord with me when I found myself yelling "Nooooooooooo" while reading one particular scene. I won't spoil it for you but you'll know it when you read it!Why I thought The Family was a great read:1. The author beautifully captured the Costa Rican setting. Back in my other life as a scientist, I spent a summer studying poison dart frogs in a Costa Rican rainforest and I was transported back to that vibrant yet uncomfortably humid place while reading The Family.2. The [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • If I were a teenager, I think I would've loved this book. So it's hard to not give it 5-stars, as it's great for the age group it's written for. But part of me thinks that teenagers would be a bit too smart for this one. There was a lot of summary in this book and lots of telling and not showing. I would've liked to see more cult ritual played out, more structure to what the cult believed and explained on a deeper level. I can't decide if some simplistic sentences like "Twig was sad." "Twig was [...]


  • This is a fast-paced, suspenseful, well-written novel. It'll appeal to a young-adult audience in the sense that it is fast-paced, but thematically, it's very mature. I especially liked the fact that even though the main character is isolated throughout her childhood, she's still a "normal" teenager, pulled in different directions, questioning everything, including her own judgement. The portrayal of her mom and the fact that the story deals realistically with mental illness was a welcome change [...]


  • I really enjoyed this YA book that takes on a pretty taboo topic but I think the author handled it well. The world she created along with the cast of characters was unique. It kept and held my attention throughout the whole story. I was anxious, suspicious, and hopeful while reading and couldn't wait to see how it all came to its conclusion. My only complaint is the ending was too abrupt and I really, really hope the author writes a sequel because Twig, her mother, and sweet Leo need to get thei [...]


  • Was looking for something differentI wanted to read something a little different, and this book fit the bill. I don't think I have any complaints whatsoever about it. It was an interesting story and I felt like it was well written. It didn't come out and grab me, but the story gradually built up until I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give anything away, but I liked how it ended. It actually caught me off guard, but it made perfect sense.


  • 3.5 stars-- The storyline and concept definitely held my interest. However there were some things about the story that didn't blend well with the whole "cult" plot and the ending was frustrating. After investing my time into a book, I hate when it ends suddenly with no epilogue or idea of what comes next!


  • Kennerson will draw you into the cult-world she has created in her debut novel, The Family. As a reader, you will enjoy the story's unfolding tale from Twig's life in the cult to her revelations about the real world. This page turner will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.


  • OMG! This was an intense but brilliant read - I didn't want it to end! The ending was open ended and it almost felt like it was the beginning of another book for the main charachter Twig!! I just have so many questions!


  • Mind-blowingly great. Love the over-all idea of the book but, daaaaamn, that ending was curious.Full review to come.




  • Seriously enjoyed this book about Twig and her realization that she is living in a cult and that everything she grew up with might not be as true as she thought.


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