Catholic, Reluctantly

Catholic, Reluctantly

by Christian M. Frank, Christian M. Frank


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When a school shooting causes Allie Weaver to join John Paul 2 High, a newly-established parent-run Catholic high school, she and her six fellow students face personality conflicts, problems with the nearby public school, and mysterious threats from a prankster and possibly even the shooter himself.

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ISBN-13: 9780982767726
Publisher: Chesterton Press
Publication date: 11/25/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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Catholic, Reluctantly 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!! I just think George is the best....and JP is classic! All of the characters are just so amazing in their own little way! I loved the story and how it all plays out.
catholicbooklovers More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those books that you read and say "Wow, this is really, really good! My friend would love this book and so and so should definitely read it." Then, you buy a half-dozen copies of the book, anxiously awaiting birthdays and other gift-giving occasions so that you can share this gem of a book you have found. That pretty much describes my experience with Catholic, Reluctantly. This is definitely not a book to keep to yourself; it is a book to share. So my advice is: order an extra copy.
Zombie_Girrrl More than 1 year ago
With a bullet point synopsis reminiscent of Nancy Drew, I wasn't quite certain of what I was in store for, but I was certain of one thing: Catholic, Reluctantly was not going to be my usual cup of tea. What I got was a light mystery filled with emotional teen conflicts, some soul searching, hard-hitting elements like hazing and gun violence, and not a lick of magic or monsterage. But I like broadening my horizons, so I gave it a shot. I'm rather pleased that I did. The story centers on George, a big time wrestler with a heart of gold who went to the state finals and would like nothing better than to return to his old stomping grounds and his old life, a life where he had nothing to worry about but pinning his opponent and getting his homework done, a life where the impending doom of his new school wasn't constantly weighing on his mind; Allie an average girl who's been dropped into a weird, new school after a gun scare at her old school and feels like an outcast among the "goody-goody Catholic kids"; Celia, John Paul 2 High's principle's daughter (and the nicest person you will ever read about), who struggles with the weighty belief that she alone has to save the school from being closed down or condemned; and James, a new transfer to JP2 High whose bizarre loner personality and tendency to spout disdain set him at odds instantly with everyone at the upstart Catholic high school. A couple unique things I liked about this book were the smattering of IM conversations which filled in the gaps and linked the characters to their respective clicks. The small cast was a little weird at the beginning (I mean a school with only seven students? Sounds kind of strange), but I actually liked it. I thought at first that the author was trying to keep it simple by keeping his (or her) cast so small, maybe make it easier as I suspect that this is his (or her) first novel, but the lack of peopleage was actually very important to the story. The meager student body of the fledgling high school was important; it made it where, in certain situations, the JP2 kids had to either stick together or risk being swept apart. And with such a small group of students there was no room for clicks to form, which really emphasized the fault lines between them. I also liked the (obvious) emphasis on Catholicism; it's not often that you come across a book that features faith in an interesting and realistic way. It reminded me strongly of The Dead and the Gone by Susan B. Pfeffer in that the characters really struggled with their faith and with what it meant to live it, even when faced by severe persecution. The JP2 High kids really stand out when compared to the rest of the teen populace, and they catch their share of flack about it. When two of seven teens join the public school wrestling team, more than their skill on the mats is tested. They meet with people who don't understand them, their faith, or why it is that they're willing to stand apart. A quick read with an admirable, if not dimensionally challenged, cast and a heavy-on-consequences but light-on-complexity plot that pulled me along and left me wanting more. I look forward to continuing the saga with Trespasses Against Us. NOTE: Sophia Institute Press gave me a complimentary copy of this book for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is supposed to be for teens, but one rainy day I was looking for something to read and picked up my son's book. Wow! I could not stop reading it! Not only did I love the suspense and insight into the trials our kids are subject to, it gave me a way to converse with my teen and get some feedback regarding his thoughts about his faith and questions. I then had to read the next one in the series, which was equally good. Can't wait for the next one. To buy for my kids, of course!
catholicreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An upstart Catholic highschool, seven unique students, and one sneeky prankster, is the recipe for the adventures recorded in Catholic, Reluctantly. From runaway cows, to evangelizing at the public school dance, no situation is too big for these kids to tackle. However, someone does not want this school to stay open and, while not all the students are thrilled to be there, they learn to work together and keep their school. The characters are very true to life, suffering the same temptations many teens suffer today, but with heroic results. For that reason, this book is recommended for ages 12 .
CatholicLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a thirty something married female, I am not the intended audience for this book :) That being said, I really enjoyed the first installment in this series. It is so rare to find popular Catholic fiction, that I wanted to give this a try. This is a quick read, but an enjoyable one. I liked the character development that occurs here, and the genuine nature of their faith lives. As soon as the second book came out, I bought it. From a librarian that is on a serious budget for her voluminous reading habit, this is high praise indeed :)
momof3boys12 More than 1 year ago
A nice brief novel that seems to get into the thoughts and emotions of teens where they are. The love of the faith is NOT taken for granted, indeed is struggled with and being worked through honestly. Questions are good - it means we're looking for answers and these novels are great for putting words to thoughts and helping sort through potential answers - raising the positives and negatives. Thank you! Our youth need this - and many of us adults need it too!
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