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Outside

by Nicole Sewell

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15-year-old Alaina Roberts can count on one hand the number of times she's left Shiloh, a cult compound in the North Georgia mountains. After being found beaten in a shed during an FBI raid, she's forced to leave the only home she's ever known and live among the sinners she's been raised to fear. At first, she does her best to resist the influences of her Aunt Beth and Cousin Holly, worried that their kindness is a deception meant to lead her astray. But when she learns the truth about Shiloh and its leaders during court supervised visits with her mother, things get far more complicated.The rules that she's always lived by don't make any sense outside of Shiloh. And the people she's been told are evil are anything but. Particularly Adam, the blue-eyed boy that Alaina can't seem to stay away from.As her relationship with Adam develops, Alaina learns some hard truths about her mother. Now believing herself to be a prophetess, her mother is hell-bent on saving Alaina's soul and will go to any extreme to turn her from her "sinful" ways, even if it means someone has to die.… (more)

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Alaina was raised in a cult in the North Georgia mountains. When the cult compound is raided, officials find Alaina beaten and locked in a barn. She is taken away from her mother, and given to her aunt as a foster child. Alaina struggles to reconcile her upbringing with the real world.

I’m not entirely sure how to rate this book. It was an interesting premise, and Alaina seemed realistic. However, when the book shifted to Adam’s point of view, everything became awkward. Parts of the book also seemed superficial. Topics and issues were dealt with very shallowly, as if Alaina was incapable of complex thoughts. Overall, not a book I would reread or recommend. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 20, 2016 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoyed this novel. I read it quickly and it kept me engaged the entire time (waaay past my bedtime!)

The book is written from two POVs - Alaina, who is rescued from a cult compound early in the story, and Adam, one of the friends she makes in the outside world. While the story is mainly about Alaina's abrupt change of lifestyle and her acclimation into mainstream society - with insight from Adam, someone who has lived his life in this outside world.

The story is engrossing. Characters are well developed. It is a quick read.

The only complaint I have is that everything seems to work out, which is a strange comment - we want the protagonist have a happy life, right? I do too - but Alaina has some major adjustments to make and I would have liked to read more in-depth into her struggle with these changes. I would have liked an antagonist in the outside world - I think it would have rounded out the story. Someone to hate besides the cult members.

In short, I would recommend this book. It's well-written and interesting. ( )
  spoopha | Jan 29, 2016 |
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I received this ARC from librarything for an honest review.
This book was very well written and kept me interested the entire novel. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. One was the differing points of view, I have read similar books to this one and it is all about the individual trying to adjust but not much is heard from the others trying surrounding this person adjusting to a “normal” life. Having differing points of view allowed you to see the story unfold and the struggles that both parties in the story faced. I also liked the character of Alaina, she was both an innocent who tried to fit in with and stay true to the community she has been born too but also struggling with a spirit of intrigue about the world around her. Which also brings me to the character of Adam, I absolutely loved having her pair up with an imperfect person because the contrast in their personalities worked well to add to the story as well as their connection with having parents that were not the best. The settings were well depicted in the writing as well as I felt every person Alaina encountered had a hand in helping her acclimate herself into society outside the community in a different way. I think the only complaint I would have was that there was not more to the story, although there is something poetic about having an ending where you as a reader have to draw your own conclusions about what happens to the characters after the last page. Great read and I would definitely recommend it. ( )
  Rebekah_Laird | Jan 21, 2016 |
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This book was written well and engrossing enough to be read in one sitting.

After a young girl is 'rescued' from the cult compound she grew up in, she is sent to live with her aunt and cousin. There she has to learn who she is and who she wants to be while deciding which beliefs to keep from her old life.

Both content and reading difficulty make this appropriate for younger YAs.

The perspective is mainly from the young girl Alaina but occasionally it switches to the neighbor boy Adam's perspective. This does help the plot along but it isnt as interesting.

This has excitment, romance, action and drama. ( )
  missmimsy | Jan 15, 2016 |
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I received this e-book for free as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. And am glad I did! I couldn't put it down! I was really surprised by this, actually, and even as I continued to read, wouldn't have been able to say what made it so captivating...but it was! The two main characters alternate perspectives in telling the story, which kept it interesting, and they are both likable. The general premise of the book was interesting -- what happens when someone leaves a cult and has to adapt on the outside. As an expat, it made me think of experiences I've been through as well ("what, you're not familiar with any of these candy bars??!!").

The book could have gone on longer...the story was well developed as it went, and then everything wrapped up fairly quickly, in a rather predictable way, but that didn't make it less interesting to read.

I can definitely recommend this book - both for YA readers, but also for any adult. ( )
  peralb | Jan 8, 2016 |
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