The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Book - 2015
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"A handless teen escapes from a cult, only to find herself in juvenile detention and suspected of knowing who murdered her cult leader"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780803740709
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,22 cm

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Moments like this occurred more and more frequently, and I think that was the biggest difference between us. That we could look at the same stars in the same sky, but not have the same questions. Not want the same answers.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think you should be angry if you're angry. But it's also true that hate has a way of hurting you more than the person you're hating.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Growing up, I believed in miracles. I guess I don’t anymore.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Everything in the universe comes from stars. Before anything else existed, there were just stars. Stars are like ovens,” she says. “Inside, they’re cooking planets and asteroids, and when they explode, out spews all this, like, space vomit that’s been cooking all these years. And solar systems formed, and Earth formed, and algae and eventually oxygen. And small organisms evolved into big animals and after about a billion years we came out, so that’s your answer. We come from the stars.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I guess people can't be content without answers, even if they're wrong. We'd rather have a lie than a question that we can never know the answer to.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“That's how you avoid becoming a moth," he says. "Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Jude taught me what love was: to be willing to hold on to another person's pain. That's it.”

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msp_pier
May 01, 2016

This book seriously blew my bind and I have no idea why more people aren’t talking about it!

This is the story of Minnow Bly. She has been living in the woods with her family for 10 years with the rest of the “Community” who follow The Prophet. Yes, this book is about a cult.

The very first line of the book is chilling –

“I am a blood-soaked girl.”

The Community has burned down, The Prophet is dead, and Minnow is now in jail and her hands have been cut off.

Did Minnow kill The Prophet? Did she burn down the Community? Why is she in jail?

All these answers will be revealed as Minnow narrates the haunting story of how she and her family ended up being part of the Community, and ultimately, what events led to the evening when it burned down.

This book is well written with so much imagery that it was easy to fully immerse yourself and be part of the story.

There are some downright creepy parts but it’s balanced with hope and light hearted moments as well.

Cynthia_N Mar 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. The fact that Minnow had the bones of her hands with her shocked me. I guess I missed that in the description. I liked the way the author slowly revealed Minnow's story through interactions with others and memories.

ellie_o Feb 02, 2016

I enjoyed this book. I think there was a lot of promise in the writing: descriptive passages that pulled me in as well as compelling characters. I found the premise interesting, and I wanted to know more about Minnow. Mostly, I enjoyed the interactions between Minnow and Angel.
There weren't any moments when this book really struck me, which I kept hoping for. I did keep sneaking off to read it, though :)

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