Throwback Review: Faking Faith by Josie Bloss

Published December 11, 2015 by Kaitlin Michelle

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I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

Dylan Mahoney is living one big unholy lie.

Thanks to a humiliating and painfully public sexting incident, Dylan has become the social pariah at her suburban Chicago high school. She’s ignored by everyone–when she’s not being taunted–and estranged from her two best friends. So when Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls, she’s immediately drawn into their fascinating world of hope chests, chaperoned courtships, and wifely submission.

Blogging as Faith, her devout and wholesome alter ego, Dylan befriends Abigail, the online group’s queen bee. After staying with Abigail and her family for a few days, Dylan begins to grow closer to Abigail (and her intriguingly complicated older brother). Soon, Dylan is forced to choose: keep living a lie . . . or come clean and face the consequences.

My Thoughts:

I don’t generally enjoy books with overly religious themes, however this book was really good. Dylan starts following these home schooled christian girl blogs, and is really intrigued by their lifestyle. She ends up becoming so immersed in this online community that she creates a new identity for herself, as Faith. She is immediately accepted into the blogosphere (umm does this remind everyone of themselves and their little internet corners or is that just me?) and ends up making a huge connection with one girl in particular. Abigail ends up having “Faith” over for the summer, and Dylan has to keep up the charade, which turns out to be a lot harder, than writing “I milked a cow….I baked 12 loaves of bread…etc” Anyway it was really interesting to see how Dylan changes throughout her stay with Abigail, and how she ends up finally telling her the truth. Overall I surprisingly enjoyed it.

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