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In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect. Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group's pious public image - women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips - lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become "lost boys" when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion.
Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield, the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs.
Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.
©2009 Maia Szalavitz (P)2009 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 17-09-2013

Interesting male view of polygamy

I'm not sure why, but I'm fascinated by polygamy.. Not interested in polygamy myself, mind you.. just fascinated by it... I've listened to "Escaped" by Carolyn Jessop, "Stolen Innocence" by Ellisa Walls and "Shattered Dreams" by Irene Spencer, all books about woman who suffered abuse due to the FLDS and eventually escaped.. I've found all of those book to be fascinating and mind boggling all at the same time.. I was glad to find a book written by one of the young men affected by the FLDS to hear a males point of view.. I didn't expect what I heard... I didn't realize that Warren Jeffs was raping little boys while his brothers watched...SICKO'S... The more I hear about this man the more I'm shocked at what he got away with.. Every book I read I find myself asking how in the world do people like Warren Jeffs convince people to follow his craziness? Hiltler reincarnated??

Lost Boy is well written and narrated.. It held my interest and I couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to turn it off...

The accounts he gave of what led up to Jeffs arrest matched the information given in the books written by the woman I mentioned above...

I remember when they had the raid on their community and took all the children away.. The media tried to make it look like it was done unfairly.. After reading these stories, I'm wondering why they ever let the children go back!!

Fascinating account of this young mans life in the FLDS and his long journey to find a life he loves.....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 20-08-2012

Very well done.

I give this an overall five star because I believe the writer really put himself out there to bring home the truth to those of us who would struggle to believe that this even happened in this day and age. The performance was clear, and the story is true, and must continue to be told in order to help the rest of the Lost Boys.

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