Monday, January 2, 2012

REVIEW: Faking Faith

By Josie Bloss
November 2011
ISBN-10: 0738727571
ISBN-13: 9780738727578

Faking Faith by Josie Bloss is a book that I saw on one of The Story Siren’s in my mailbox videos. She read this short description on the back and I was hooked.

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.


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