Faithful

Faithful

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by Janet Fox
     
 

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Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she's ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is

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Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she's ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is furious and devastated by her father's betrayal. But when she arrives, she finds herself drawn to the frustratingly stubborn, handsome Tom Rowland, the son of a park geologist, and to the wild romantic beauty of Yellowstone itself. And as Tom and the promise of freedom capture Maggie's heart, Maggie is forced to choose between who she is and who she wants to be.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—It's May of 1904, and 16-year-old Maggie Bennet should be planning her debut into Newport society. Unfortunately, her father has other plans. He takes her to Yellowstone National Park, following a lead on Maggie's mother, who disappeared the year before and is presumed dead. Upon their arrival, Papa reveals that they are broke and he has taken a job as architect at the park. As Maggie tries to start a new life and piece together the mystery of her mother's connection to Yellowstone, she is torn between her conflicting desires. She longs to take her proper place in society, something offered by George Graybull, the rich and powerful but arrogant and shallow older man who is courting her. At the same time, she wants freedom and true love, represented by Tom, the kind but poor son of a geologist. The story follows Maggie's struggle to overcome her own prejudices and society's limitations. The wilderness of Yellowstone, which is lovingly and beautifully depicted, reflects her inner turmoil and yearning for freedom, deemed madness in her bohemian mother. Though the style doesn't always ring true to the period and the plot and characterization sometimes lack subtlety, the gradual revelation of the truth about Maggie's mother, the developing relationship between Maggie and Tom, and the thrilling episodes sprinkled throughout will engage readers.—Erin Carrillo, formerly at Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142414132
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/13/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
603,211
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Fox is a full-time resident of College Station, Texas, and a part-time resident of Montana (just outside of Yellowstone National Park).

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Faithful 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Here's a historical YA set in a rarely-seen time period, 1904, in rarely-seen locations, Newport, Rhode Island, and Yellowstone National Park. Maggie's almost 17 and ready for her big society debut, which she hopes will make people accept her and forget about her mother's insane behvior, subsequent disappearance, and presumed death. Then Maggie's father tells her that there' a chance that her mother didn't die by falling into the ocean, but has instead been hiding out West for a year. Maggie's hopefulness overcomes her incredulity, and she agrees to go with him to look for her Mama. Maggie's a tender soul who thinks a lot about love and freedom, and she's quite sympathetic even when other characters accuse her of being stuck up. Her father isn't much help to her, as he's so lost in his own grief and confusion that he needs a keeper himself. Maggie has to deal with loads of adversity basically on her own, but she figures out what she wants from life despite her father's shaky but ever-present control over her and her icky would-be suitor George Graybull's condescending generosity and snide reminders about not forgetting her place as a proper society woman. Tom Rowland is the love interest she meets out West, but it's an incidental romance that adds to the story but doesn't drive or greatly alter the plot. The mystery surrounding her mother takes center stage, and at times the clues got so dramatic I was expecting the story to take a left turn into paranormal. For me, it's a lovely book, but not quite my cup of tea, because of its slower pace and abundance of small details. However, I'm positive that plenty of readers will adore it for these very reasons. Faithful's historical accuracy is astounding, and I get the impression that it was researched as well or better than any YA novel I've read in recent memory.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I live in Idaho and even though Yellowstone is not far, I've only actually been to the park once. But, that once was enough to immediately draw me to this title. I was also able to understand Maggie's draw towards the great outdoors and to the park itself. I can't imagine what the Yellowstone must have been like in the early 1900's, especially when I know how wild parts of it still are. I like Maggie. She was struggling to maintain her proper decorum while wrestling with who she could see herself becoming. There are a lot of truths that Maggie discovers along the way (about herself, her family, her mother, and even her status in society). It's amazing that she absolutely didn't crack under all she learned. I did find it a tad repetitive, but since I read an ARC it's possible the book underwent further editing before publication. It was also very predictable for me. I had almost everything pinned down before it happened (only one event truly surpised me). I still really enjoyed the story though. I was enchantment by location and circumstance. I will be looking forward to the author's future works!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I picked up this book because of the cover. I mean just look at it. This cover screams, “LOOK AT ME!” So wondrous yet beautiful. It’s like a picture that I can stare at for hours and wondering what is beyond the trees. Because I judged a book by the cover (GASP) I had no idea what this book was about till I actually started reading it. Plot: I have not read a book based in the older times. You know, cowboys on horses days. It was very interesting and held me quickly. I love historical romance, so this was indeed the perfect book for me. After reading the first book I just knew I had to keep in reading. The plot had lots of drama as well as bread pieces for me to kept following. It leads to more plot twists and a read that left me giddy. Love: Since this book is based back in the older days, romance was a bit different. I REALLY like it. Call me old fashion but I love the whole idea of actually getting to know the person vs now and days where people skip that part and go straight to be bedroom. I love the dinners, parties, and of course the time period alone. Ending: This book carried itself beautifully. I adore the way it ended and became excited when I found out there is a second book. I really love how beautifully every word was written and how well it came together. This is a great historical read! I have discovered another author whom I’m excited to read more books from. Faithful is a fantastic yet thrilling read. Filled with love and loss, Faithful is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This an amazing book . One of my favs
colibri20 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Faithful! I have been to Yellowstone Park a few times in my life and I felt like I could really identify with Maggie's blossoming love for the natural environment. I loved how I could really relate to Maggie's relationships with her family. I was more than satisfied to read this book over my entire airplane flight, and it made me want to change destinations to Yellowstone! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think i might be interested in this book, it seems good.
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I love that the book was unpredictable. This book was not just a teen romance it was about a young girl finding her place in society and her individual freedom. From a mom's perspective there is no vulgarity making this book ok for middle school students yet interesting enough for older readers.
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HaleyAnn More than 1 year ago
wonderful read, i'm a fifteen year old girl and i loved it. Its not your typical love story and it'll make you have a really good sense of determination and strength throughout the whole book!
Trackgirl More than 1 year ago
I was suprised by how much I liked this book. I'm from Boston - not anywhere near Yellowstone but, the cover caught my eye and I loved the plot line. My favorite thing about this book is the romance between Tom and Maggie. I mean it's this sort of hot/cheesy forbidden love thing and it was great to see them fall together. The atmosphere of the book was great and no I didnt think it was THAT predictable. The only thing i didnt like was the emphasis on her mother for some reason I just wasent as into that (love the bandit part though)