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Faking Faith Paperback – November 8, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"The novel illustrates how profoundly teenagers who seem to have nothing in common can connect and support each other, even as they choose very different paths." --Publishers Weekly
"Josie Bloss writes about obsession--characters who are obsessed with band or music, obsessed with a boy, obsessed with someone else's life. They're themes to which all young adults--popular or not--can relate." --Indianapolis Star
-The novel illustrates how profoundly teenagers who seem to have nothing in common can connect and support each other, even as they choose very different paths.- --Publishers Weekly
-Josie Bloss writes about obsession--characters who are obsessed with band or music, obsessed with a boy, obsessed with someone else's life. They're themes to which all young adults--popular or not--can relate.- --Indianapolis Star
About the Author
Josie Bloss grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. When not mining her high school journals for material, Josie enjoys obsessing over various TV shows, karaoke and all things theater. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Poor Dylan Mohaney! This book is one series of bad decisions after another! First she falls victim to a sexting scandal, and goes all Carrie Underwood on her boyfriend - which coincidentally? Is also caught on video.
Then, while still grounded from the above incidents, she uses her parents credit card to buy a bus ticket to meet a girl she's met on the internet - telling her parents she's on her way to some school related summer camp. (At this point? I was seriously wanting to shake some sense into Dylan. I blame that on the mixture of my own experiences as well as being a mother.)
Of course the internet friend (Abigail) doesn't know Dylan, she knows Faith. The sweet, Duggar-esque farm girl who loves God. Throw in Abigail's totally cute older brother, Dylan's true city girl attitude and a (nearly)arranged marriage scandal and you've got a great book!
Now go! Read Hobbitsies review (because it was so fabulous it caused me to pick this book up, then not put it down!) And then go read this book!
I also have great respect for the way Bloss handled the theme of religion. As Dylan was, I am fascinated by the culture of fundamentalist religion in today's modern society. We see it on TV in "reality" shows, and read about it online or in the paper. Bloss never once criticizes or degrades fundamentalist beliefs, nor does her character. In a way, I feel more confused than ever, just like Dylan. Regardless, it is left to the reader to make their own judgement.
I highly highly recommend this book. It has romance, and plenty of teen angst. It's a great change of pace from the Hunger Games/Twilight/Mortal Instruments of this world (even though I love all those books as well)
Two thumbs way up and five stars! I hope there is more from Josie Bloss soon
Dylan Mahoney is a girl at crossroads, school is a battleground, after doing some questionable things for her first "boy friend" which turned her into school's pariah. Trying to find solace with no friends and workaholic parents is difficult, but she found some support in an unlikely place. One day, she came upon a fundamentalist teen Christian blog. The way that they live their lives to her, is very different from her own, but far simpler in her mind. After finding the one blog she finds many more to the point that she becomes obsessed. It isn't long before she created her own blog, but not of herself, rather of the person that she wished she was born into. With lots of siblings simple living and most of all no drama with peers or chance to make any questionable decisions.
Along her journey she starts to talk to who she considers her blogging idol. Abigail is the same age as Dylan and lives a life that Dylan very much envies. To Dylan Abigail lives a charmed life. And after talking for about a month or so through e-mail Dylan decides to pay Abigail a visit. She goes to local thrift stores to buy all the "modest" outfits that she needs. She also trickster parents into paying for it by telling them it is for a summer leadership conference.
She decides to go there for about 10 days and realizes while they are that things are not is easy or is uncomplicated as the seem. I did enjoy this book, the Dylan's methods and obvious obsession are little perplexing to me. I think, through this journey, she learned a lot about herself, what she values and how to treat others.
Dylan is a frustrating main character. I like her, I really do, but I vacillated between wanting to hug her and wanting to shake her. I wasn't sure there was a limit to how many bad decisions one person could make in a single novel. I'm fairly certain she has the record, though, but there is something about her that I really just like. She has this effervescent soul that made me cheer for her, even when she was digging herself an even deeper hole.
I wasn't crazy about the way this book ended. It just felt too ... open. Maybe I'm just a spoiled girl who likes her happily ever after tied up with a neat, pretty bow, and I felt like I was cheated out of that. The ending was, by far, the low point in an otherwise fun book.
This is a book that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's not meant to be a hugely philosophical novel, but it is something entertaining to curl up with on a lazy afternoon with the sun streaming in the windows. I recommend checking this book out for yourself. I doubt you'll be disappointed.