Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sarah's Review on Faking Faith

Faking Faith
Author: Josie Bloss (@JosieBloss)
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Source: Prize
Rating: Reachable
Challenge: 2012 Completely Contemp Challenge
Extras: Theme Song
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
After a humiliating "sexting" incident involving a hot and popular senior, seventeen-year-old Dylan has become a social outcast—harassed, ignored, and estranged from her two best friends.

When Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls, she's fascinated by their old-fashioned conversation themes, like practicing submission to one's future husband. Blogging as Faith, her devout alter ego, Dylan befriends Abigail, the group's queen bee. But growing closer to Abigail (and her intriguing older brother) forces Dylan to choose: keep living a lie or come clean and face the consequences.
The cover is simple, and I love how they put the necklace with a cross on the cover. It does give you an idea what this book is about.
And it was just unfair that jackasses like Blake were free to be awful to girls, while a guy like Asher, who seemed decent and kind (if disturbingly cute), was kept under lock and key. The world needed more guys like Asher.
This book was such a light read, and completely fun. Dylan, who is also Faith, was a great character and I felt I connected with her and her story.

Dylan has gone through something most girls have feared of. She sent private pictures to her boyfriend, and when they broke up, he sent them to everyone in school. I really liked what she did to his car, even though it made him get payback on her. Her friends that tried to stop her from dating this guy, she accused them of being jealous, they were mad at her. When the pictures spread through the school, they didn’t do much to comfort her. It broke my heart.

Dylan is feeling lonely, and spends more time on the internet. She comes across some blogs about conservative girls that are faithful to God. She decides to start her own blog like theirs, and goes under the name as Faith. She’s a brilliant writer, so her posts come out believable. When she makes a connection with Abigail, she decides to spend two weeks with Abigail’s family.

In comes Asher. After the disaster with her other boyfriend, Dylan/Faith has trouble being able to trust men. But Asher is different. He’s sweet, and caring, and he’s handsome. The only downside, he was raised differently than Dylan. In his world, girls and guys can’t be alone together, and guys can’t flirt with girl unless she’s his future bride. Which sucks for Dylan.

The ending was satisfying for a contemporary, but I did hope for a little…bonus scene about Asher. Oh well. I would suggest this book to any who love light reads and need a good laugh here and there.

On a side note, I did find some similarities in Faith’s life and one of the other Seekers. Emilia used to go to a Missionary Church, and the girls had to wear long skirts and long sleeve shirts. They couldn’t cut their hair, and never wear make up or paint their nails. They don’t watch television and get on the internet. Emilia’s childhood was like this, and she told me all about it. The thing she disliked the most as a kid, was not having a TV, because every other kid had a TV. Can you imagine your life like this? I do wonder sometimes.
This is her latest release.

1 comment:

  1. This is the first I have heard of this book. It sounds like a nice light read. Thanks for the great review.