The Family

The Family

by Marissa Kennerson


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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 and sisters are committed to her family's prosperity...

All one hundred eighty-three of them.

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

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

But when it comes to Family, you don't get a choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633700178
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
Publication date: 10/26/2014
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,247,853
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Family 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great read!! So, is there a second part? If so what is the name! I would love to read how she adjust to the outside world. Does she stay with her bf?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully well written book for teens, but adults will appreciate this story as well. A look at a cult from the eyes of a 17 year old girl strictly raised in the confines of the Family. Cut off from all modern conveniences and technology, she begins to wonder about the truths their leader has told them about the outside when she suffers an injury and is taken to a hospital where she is exposed to the real world. She begins a journey of realization and questions her place within this close family group that is the only place she calls home. Does she stay in the world she knows...or escape to a world open to new possibilities? Jp
PHDunn More than 1 year ago
The Family. Wow. This book grabbed me by the first sentence, pulled me in, and refuses to let go until I finished the story. To be fair, this book grabbed me BEFORE the first sentence. The premise was so fascinating that I had to instantly one-click it, and then it just beckoned me until I gave into the temptation of reading one line, just one little line... Well, that never works, right? Especially when the author is as talented as Marissa Kennerson. Go on. I dare you to read just one line. I dare you!! I was flipping pages as fast as I could to find out more about this cult and just how evil their leader, Adam, can be. But more than that, I really loved the main character, Twig. Kennerson portrays her so believably, from the wonder to seeing the outside world for the first time to the confusion she feels in reconciling truth and lie, to the anger and love she simultaneously feels for her mother. Leo, the love interest, was appropriately swoony, although he is a mere subplot of this book. All in all, I give this book five enthusiastic stars, for its fascinating premise, appealing characters, and stellar writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Marissa Kennerson for helping me to end a long YA reading draught. For some reason I haven't been able to get into a lot of YAs lately because they've felt like something I already read. But THE FAMILY kept me interested beyond the last page-- I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The main character, Twig, is naïve and yet spirited, and watching her world crumble before her eyes as a new one is erected around her is fascinating business. Adam, the leader, is creepy and yet I could understand how people had been taken in. The only thing I wanted was more-- I wanted to find out more of what happens to Twig, Adam, and the others after the final page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 author did a great job creating a sense of eeriness without going too far. It's a delicate line because you don't want your descriptions to be too overt because you'll end up clubbing the reader over the head with your words. But if you're too subtle, the reading will miss it entirely. You want the eeriness to be brimming just under the surface so there's a good tension to the story. The author walked that line perfectly. 3. Cults are by their very nature, intriguing! Twig's internal battle over what she's always thought to be true and what she actually sees to be true was handled really well. You can feel the whiplash of her feelings as she struggles to come to terms with the new information presented to her. 4. I really enjoyed the evolution of Twig's relationship with her mother and thought the mother's depression was handled really well. 5. I also loved following Twig's evolution as an artist as the book progressed. I could really see her begin to blossom through her art. 6. Ah, the romance. Twig's relationship with Leo was really gentle and sweet. It was just what someone coming from such a sheltered upbringing would need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book about an unusual subject, and it's very interesting, suspenseful, and atmospheric. Instead of glossing over some serious mental health issues, it treats them with sensitivity, understanding, and a dose of reality that I think is uncommon in this genre, but remains really accessible to the audience.  I liked that even though Twig's circumstances were unusual,  she was a very relatable teen, and I liked getting to know her.  Hoping that the author has a sequel planned--I'd like to see where Twig's story goes. 
Annie_Bomke More than 1 year ago
The atmosphere of this book is so rich and otherworldly, you really feel transported to the lushness of the Costa Rican rainforest and the creepy insular world of the Family. I love the way the author constructed the Family to be idyllic and "perfect" in many ways, yet also revealed its dark, insidious underbelly in hints and glimmers. I loved seeing this darkness build and build, until it seemed like there was no way Twig could get out. There are so many twists and turns leading up to the ending, it really kept me on my toes till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real cult reading, as it were. Friend gave me her copy, raving about it as a rollicking read and a total page-turner. I was hooked and read it in a single session.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these types of stories about escaping cults. The author really has a way with words, that's for sure.
edoran More than 1 year ago
Great YA read!