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This is a little slow-going, because I only read it with my friend. But it's gotten uh...interesting.
So...Zach and Joanna's dad have come to an "arrangement". They settled on a "bride price" for Joanna (who is STILL FIFTEEN, btw), and decided that since apparently waiting until she's eighteen would take waaaaaay too much time and effort, they've decided that Zach and go ahead and marry her when she turns seventeen, on the agreement that they won't do any sexual until they legally get married.
Can I just reiterate that Joanna and Zach have known each other LESS THAN TWO WEEKS? And her dad is settling on a "bride price"?? Okay, I don't care that Jacob had to work seven years before he was allowed to marry Rachel, this is the modern era and you can't just betroth your fifteen-year-old daughter to an eighteen-year-old dude she met last week because she swears she's in love with him. Please, for the love of all things good, I hope that nobody who isn't Christian reads this and thinks that this is the crap we actually do. We do not betroth our children. We do not marry them before they're of a legal age. (I mean, yeah, us Mormons are known for marrying young, but we do show more discrepancy than this bullcrap!)
AND WE'RE ONLY SIXTY-FOUR PERCENT DONE, FOR THE LOVE, WHEN DOES IT END.