Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Review of Taken by Storm & Unbroken Connection

I recently read Angela Morrison's Taken by Storm, and the sequel, Unbroken Connection. You can read my review of the books on the right side of this blog. Scroll down a bit.


  1. An honest book review, Karen. I'm confused as to why she would write Leesie the way she did. What was to be learned from it? Is she hoping to help youth see Leesies mistakes so they won't make the same? Sort of like wanting to inspire youth to want to be better than Leesie??? Your blog looks so seasonal, warm, and inviting!

  2. Hmmm. I haven't read the book, so I can only go on your comments on the book. But, I do have to say that your comment that no self-respecting LDS girl would let things go nearly that far kind of struck a nerve. I think a lot of self-respecting LDS girls would let it go that far - and farther, which it doesn't sound like Leesie does.

    All kinds of factors come into play - not just passion, though that is huge when felt for the first time - and I can tell you from sad experience that a good Mormon girl who fully earned the title "Molly Mormon" can still "go that far" despite her strong moral code.

    I don't know; I guess I'm just saying all this because I want you to know that no matter how much you teach those young women the values, and no matter how much they really /want/ to live them, some of them are going to mess up. And it doesn't mean they don't care. Sometimes the ones who mess up are even the ones who care the most.

  3. Thank you for your comments.

    To Jenn-

    I said "no self-repsecting LDS girl that I know would...." There certainly are a lot of LDS girls that I don't know, and obviously your experience has been different from mine. You don't think that LDS girls who do let things go too far are lacking in self-respect?

    It would be interesting to discover all the reasons why some LDS girls don't live up to their beliefs. I know very well that it does happen, but I also know many cases where it doesn't and it would be interesting to explore why, and I'm sure the reasons are many. I'm sure in some cases of those who do "tow the line" so to speak, it's a matter of untried virtue, meaning they just haven't been tempted all that much. I also realize that it is in the typical female psyche, especially young females, to want to please and submit.

    Anyway, point well taken. I still cringe to think that some readers are non-LDS and think that it is typical behavior of LDS girls because I really don't think it is.

    I would be interested to hear your opinion of the book if you choose to read it, and if it changes at all your response to my review.

  4. Kathlene,

    I guess you'd have to ask Angela why she portrayed Leesie the way she did. Maybe her editors urged her to bump up the sexual tension of the book or something. I don't know.

  5. Karen, when you put it that way, I have to agree with you. I'm sure you would have to be lacking in self-respect in order to go against what you believe to that degree. The way you used the phrase made me think of it differently, though - like how you might say, "No self-respecting BYU fan would be caught dead wearing red on game night," which really has nothing to do with actual self-respect and more to do with respect for the team and its fans.

    Also, I think there are many reasons a girl might be a good LDS girl and still may not be a self-respecting girl despite the divine nature and individual worth we are taught. Abuse and/or neglect at home, treatment (or lack thereof) from friends, school situations, low grades, body image misconceptions, and myriads of other things can cause a girl's self-respect to be down despite the fact that she may fully believe in the teachings of the church and want to live them.

    Sorry if I came off too strong - this subject is really close to my heart from personal experience, and also because I happen to be writing a book right now about a good LDS girl who ends up getting pregnant despite the fact that she really is a good girl and wants to live the gospel. I've read a lot of books about girls who have strayed and gotten pregnant, but I don't think that's always the case, and this is a story that I think deserves to be told.

    Anyway, so that's my more-than-two cents. Thanks for the interesting discussion. :o)

  6. Jenn,

    I think you should read the book. It wasn't about redemption or Godly sorrow or learning from your mistakes or anything like that. It seemed to me that the author was trying to sell sensuality; going for the lowest common denominator to make a buck, if I may. I felt like she was using the LDS culture as a means to sell a book that is titillating and I didn't appreciate that. I think to a degree, Stephanie Meyer (obviously quite successfully) did the same thing, although her characters were not LDS.

    I'm sure your story will be completely different and I would give it a much, much different review, if I don't miss my guess.