The Family by Marissa Kennerson #BlogTour #Review

The Family

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital

Release Date: October 8th 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Cult


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 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.


After reading the synopsis for this book, I instantly thought it sounded like a great read. It did not disappoint. This is the first book I’ve read that dealt with a cult and what it is like growing up in one and I found it to be well written. It felt extremely realistic.

The only complaint I have is the ending felt abrupt. I would love to see a sequel with more of Twig and Leo. I loved both of those characters and want to see their happy ending if they get one. 

Rating: 4 stars 


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.