Reception for the book has been mixed, with some criticizing the book's portrayal of Mormonism as a "stern, abusive and misogynistic faith". Jeff Gottesfeld, a Jewish novelist for teens and stage/film/television writer, characterized the book in an op-ed piece as "literary group character assassination" of Mormonism, and that the church is "unrelentingly bashed" in the novel.[1]

Kirkus Reviews positively reviewed the book, saying that it was "Sharp and heartbreaking".[2] BlogCritics.org questioned the portrayal of the LDS Church in the book, but wrote that "While I wouldn't say that this is a book for adults, as well as teens, it is a great read for anyone who likes the young adult genre." [3]

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