Faking Faith

By: Josie Bloss

Dylan’s new blog is a hit. Her posts on her pious Christian lifestyle have earned her praise and a new best friend. The problem? Everything on the blog is fake.

ISBN: 9780738727578

JLG Release: Jan 2012


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking
Topics: Christianity , Religious lifestyles , Farms , The Internet , Friendship , False identities

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Junior year has not been kind to Dylan. After a series of bad decisions—making out with a “bad boy” while drunk, some “private” emailed nude photos to him, a very public freak-out—she moves through the halls of her school with her head down, trying to ignore the taunts and insults of her classmates. Looking to es Junior year has not been kind to Dylan. After a series of bad decisions—making out with a “bad boy” while drunk, some “private” emailed nude photos to him, a very public freak-out—she moves through the halls of her school with her head down, trying to ignore the taunts and insults of her classmates. Looking to escape the realities of her circumstances, Dylan follows a link that promises “[t]he most effed up people on the internets,” and falls into the world of fundamentalist Christian homeschooled bloggers, girls whose lives are the polar opposite of Dylan’s fast, privileged, and secular lifestyle. Dylan is fascinated by their view of the world and envies their seemingly worry-free existence. She even creates a persona, Faith, and begins to join in the conversation, quickly building an online friendship with popular blogger Abigail. When she invites Dylan to stay with her family over the summer, Dylan accepts but goes as Faith. Things start out well but get complicated when “Faith” meets Abigail’s cute and conflicted older brother and learns about Abigail’s impending marriage to a sleezy older man. Though this is Dylan’s story, Bloss portrays all parties with a sympathetic eye, showing the strengths and weaknesses of both lifestyles and perspectives. At home Dylan is a social pariah, but in Abigail’s world, as Faith, she is helpful, brave, and strong. This is a satisfying read for teens who dream of a context in which what they have to offer will seem important and valuable.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Junior Library Guild

  • Estranged from her friends by a “sexting” incident, Dylan becomes obsessed with the blogs of fundamentalist Christian girls and even invents a false persona, “Faith,” in order to interact with them. Her transformation from average high schooler to social outcast to phony Christian blogger is engaging and convincing.
    • Estranged from her friends by a “sexting” incident, Dylan becomes obsessed with the blogs of fundamentalist Christian girls and even invents a false persona, “Faith,” in order to interact with them. Her transformation from average high schooler to social outcast to phony Christian blogger is engaging and convincing.
    • Dylan is a sympathetic protagonist who has an inspiring drive to challenge her old ways of thinking coupled with a trouble-causing recklessness.
    • “Faith” befriends Abigail, one of the most popular bloggers, and Abigail insists “Faith” come visit her on her family’s farm. The resulting charade is at turns funny, tense, and even moving, as Dylan struggles to play her role while gaining respect for Abigail and her tight-knit family.
    • Josie Bloss handles issues of religion with respect but doesn’t shy away from raising tough questions.

Book Details

ISBN

9780738727578

First Release

January 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

5 3/16" x 8"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.2; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level HL790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Flux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking

Topics

Christianity, Religious lifestyles, Farms, The Internet, Friendship, False identities,

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