Summery: I don’t know how many people remember the arrest of Warren Jeffs, but I do. Stolen Innocence tells the story of Elissa Wall, a girl that was born into the sect he would end up running. She details what life was like growing up in the sect, her feelings about being forced to marry a first cousin she despised and ending up as a teenage bride at only 14. Then she talks about escaping the church, and testifying against Warren Jeffs, even at the cost of turning her mother against her.
Why I Picked It Up: Unshelved recommended it. I usually enjoy their book recommendations. I also enjoy interesting memoirs.
Why I Finished It: The book very much sucked me almost immediately. Wells doesn’t bad talk the religion she grew up in as much as she tries to explain it, although she still points out questionable parts. Still, it’s horrifying and fascinating the way the church sought to control its members. Scariest of all was Warren Jeffs, and what he did for the sake of feeling in control. He wasn’t a nice person is an understatement, and the bluntest way to put it. Also compelling is the personal struggle of Elissa, and how she makes it through everything she endures, painting the picture of a very strong young woman. In the end, it’s not only a story to explain to the world was what happening, but the story of a girl who walks through hell and survives. It’s simply amazing.
Who Would I Recommend This To: Anyone who likes inspirational stories, or wants to know more about the Warren Jeffs case.
My Rating: 5/5 It was amazing.