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Dylann 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 ...
Dylann 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.
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"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
Posted January 3, 2012
This book begins with the main character of Dylan really getting over her head at the end of one school year, to the point she gets involved in sexting and with the typical tragic results. As punishment she's not only suspended and grounded, she has lost her friends she used to have and just really feels as low as a girl can get. But during the exile, she starts following these groups of girls who are from fundamentalist church groups around the country who talk of chaste living and arranged marriages and stuff. So Dylan makes up an alter ego, Faith and starts to make a fake blog, and soon the main girl of the group, Abigail, starts to follow her as well. Faith and Abigail trade messages and soon Faith/Dylan is so taken with how she talks and acts that she arranges to see her during her summer break. Once again Dylan lies to get to go there and lies every day she is at Abigail's family home. But along the way she learns a lot of lessons and she even falls for Abigail's older very studly brother.
But even in learning who Dylan really is, Abigail never once looses her cool or publicly outs her like her friends back home would have. Abigail really cares for Dylan and even though it was wrong, Dylan learns so much that she forgives her friends and they reconcile and she can start the new school year with her friends having her back once again.
It is not as sickly sweet as you might think...the sexting and the reaction is very brutal but expected, and the contrast between Dylan's home life and the life that Abigail lives is totally different from each other. But each girl learns a lot and they both come away from the encounter with their own benefits. I like how Dylan grows up in this book and how she really takes a chance and accepts responsibility and asks her friends to forgive her and they do.
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Posted October 15, 2012
Posted January 13, 2012
I first saw this book on another blog's Waiting on Wednesday, and just from reading the synopsis I was very intrigued. Faking Faith tackles issues from friendships and relationships to religion, making for an interesting and compelling read. When I had to put this book down one night, I spent the next day wondering what else would happen, and when I could read it again I kept turning pages until the end.
Dylan is an ordinary high school girl - she has her two close friends and secretly longs for the hottest guy in school. When he shows an interest in her, she quickly falls head over heels. Unfortunately, this leads to the loss of her two best friends and a sexting incident that lands her suspended from school. In her spare time, Dylan explores the internet and stumbles across the blogs of fundamentalist Christian homeschool girls. She finds herself drawn into this world, both because of how different they are from her and how strongly they hold these beliefs. Eventually Dylan creates her own blog under the name of Faith and begins growing closer to these girls. But when Dylan finally has the chance to meet Abigail (the girl behind one of the most popular blogs) and her family, Dylan finds more than she bargained for.
Dylan is such a real character, and I really enjoyed reading about her. She made a few mistakes that ended up costing her so much, and even though these weren't the smartest decisions I couldn't help but feel sorry for how everything backfired. After everything that happened, I could see the appeal of her losing herself in another world. Like Dylan, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the things some of these girls wrote on their blogs...even if I do have very different opinions and beliefs. Reading about Abigail's family was like entering another world. They are not Amish, but the lifestyle seems very similar. There were aspects of their family life that I loved - their closeness and the way that everyone worked together - but there were also things that bothered me, particularly about their father.
Then there was Asher. Asher, who had made mistakes (at least in the eyes of his family) that could parallel the ones that Dylan had made. I loved reading the interactions between these two. And let me tell you, if you think that a book so infused with religion can't have any kind of romance, think again. When I finished reading this book, I wished that there could be more - I would love to know how everything turns out for Dylan, Abigail, and Asher.
Faking Faith explores a variety of issues and presents two very different pictures of all of them. I enjoyed reading this book, but it made me think as well. I will look forward to reading more from Josie in the future!
It was a good look at a different way of life and really makes you think about the situation you live in and compare it to what others live like. You really can appreciate what you have and also see where you maybe could improve.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2011
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss is a novel that instantly intrigued me. Faking Faith is a young adult contemporary novel that follows the life of Dylan Mohaney, the victim of a treacherous sexting scandal (among other things) that's led to incomprehensible harassment. With nowhere else to go Dylan zeroes in on an online community of Christian girls. There she decides to take on a new identity, ironicly dubbing herself as "Faith", and begins to befriend the girls, especially Abigail who she instantly shares a connection.
A Deeply Moving and Inspiring Story
You'll find yourself easily connecting with Dylan.
Typically, I'm not much of a fan of reads that focus on religion, especially since past experiences have shown to me that they can be overly preachy beyond sustainability. With Faking Faith, however, I ignored it's religious roots and focused on Dylan's hardships and struggles. I'm always inspired by a character who pulls through and I'm always curious to see how they make it past trying moments. Dylan was a curious case on her own. Though I didn't quite approve of her taking on the online alias of "Faith" and befriending a community of girls she didn't even know, even as far to go as lying about her own identity, I could see how she needed a place to fit in. Dylan's relationship with Abigail, though, was far more inspiring then Dylan's triumphs. Here was Abigail, a girl of an outer faith that Dylan had never met before, trusting Dylan wholeheartedly and not once passing judgment on her. That, itself, was incredibly admirable.
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss was deeply moving, inspiring and dramatic - a wonderful must read coming of age story that moved me beyond anything I had imagined.
Posted May 16, 2012
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