Faithful

Faithful

by Janet Fox

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

About 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 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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!
karafrib on LibraryThing 8 months ago
These are the words of Maggie, the sixteen year old narrator of Faithful , by Janet Fox. Maggie always believed that her mother was slightly mad. She had painted pictures of a hell-like landscape and never conformed to the conventions of early 1900s United States Victorian society. But when Maggie¿s mother mysteriously disappeared and the authorities pronounced her dead, Maggie refused to believe it. Many months after her mother went missing and just two months before her coming out party to society, Maggie¿s father informs her that he wants to take her on a trip out west¿to Yellowstone National Park. At first Maggie refuses, insistent that they must stay and plan her coming out party, but when her father alludes that he has evidence that points to her mother being alive and possibly at the park, Maggie agrees to go. When they arrive in the vast, wild Yellowstone Park, Maggie is struck with the horrible news that they have moved out there permanently. Maggie feels trapped by her circumstances, but as time passes she begins to fall in love the beauty of Yellowstone and with the handsome Tom Rowland. However, Victorian society has many traps for ¿proper¿ young ladies, and Maggie soon finds herself in an unwanted situation with the horrid¿but very wealthy--George Graybull. It soon becomes clear to Maggie that she will have to choose between who she always thought she wanted to be, and who she has become out in the wilds of Yellowstone¿and that perhaps her mother was not as crazy as she always thought.Faithful offers sweeping descriptions of Yellowstone at the turn on the twentieth century that paint a picture of the landscape, and it is easy to see how Maggie falls in love with the park. Maggie is a strong character and all of her flaws, strengths, and inner turmoil are laid bare for the reader, making her easy to relate to. The constraints on women during the Victorian age are also handled well, and readers get a true sense of what life was like at this time for all different classes of Americans. While the mystery of what happened to Maggie¿s mother is a driving force of the book, it is often predictable and pales in comparison to the journey of Maggie¿s self-discovery. Faithful is best suited for grades 7 and up.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm sorry to report that I didn't enjoy this book as much I had expected to. I still think that the cover is unbelievably gorgeous - I couldn't stop myself from picking it up and admiring it in the bookstore - but I found the pages within sadly lacking.First off, I will say that Janet Fox appears to be a competent writer with a wonderful imagination - that was not my issue with the novel. My main two complaints stemmed from the main character and the pace of the novel.Maggie is one of the whiniest characters I've ever read. I'll admit that her situation isn't desireable and I would be miserable as well, but after chapters upon chapters of her bemoaning her lot, I started to lose interest. I wanted her to take charge of her life and go after what she wanted, instead of merely talking about it! Part of her behavior (and lack of initiative) may be due the time period in which the novel takes place. If this is the case, I feel confident saying that my annoyance at this aspect of the novel may have been merely personal perference, rather than the fault of the character. Usually, if a book has a strong plot and characters that I feel a connection to, I don't mind - and appreciate - a slower plot. Unfortunately, since I wasn't particularly attached to any character, the slow pace of Faithful made it difficult to for me to stay focused on the story. The only character that I truly enjoyed was Tom.That said, I wasn't particularly impressed by Maggie and Tom's relationship. Maggie acted like a spoiled little girl most the time, so it was refreshing to see Tom confront her when she said particularly rude and narrow things. I really did like Tom's character, though he did come off as preachy in a couple passages.Faithful did improve toward the end of the novel, so I will probably look into the next book, Forgiven. Readers who generally enjoy Historical YA should still take the time to read this novel, especially since it was released in paperback and can be obtained at a reasonable price.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Faithful by Janet Fox tells of Maggie¿s story as she travels halfway across the country to find her mother. A mother that disappeared one day that left both her father and her different. She is taken out of her comfort zone despite many of the townspeople not liking her mother therefore not her as well because she was not like the others¿impulsive or somewhat sane. But Maggie wants to change all that with her debut, which is why she needs to find her mother and be back by August.However Maggie is in her a surprise because she may not be leaving Yellowstone after all. Her father¿s business is in ruins and her grandparents have pretty much cut him off so he hopes to make a new life here. Maggie doesn¿t want and the only way she can leave to return home is to marry her way out. Or will she make a name of herself by herself? And Tom¿a man really who captured Maggie¿s attention since the first time.Faithful was a book that took me quite a while to finish. Never a good sign. My main problem was Maggie, the novel¿s protagonist and focal point. Another bad sign. She reminded me of someone I knew; constantly whining, moaning, or groaning about something or another. I typically am the listener to these ¿pity¿ stories and it just grates on your nerves sometime. Maggie or this person did not know what they truly wanted. If they did then they would have not complained about not having something and then complaining about it when they do eventually get it. There is no win-win situation for these types of personalities. Did Maggie mature? Some might say, `sure¿. To me, it¿s pushing it. Give anyone a big enough scare and they are bound to change.Even then the majority of the other characters have no substance as well. They run on two different temperatures: hot or cold. Mean or nice. Not even Tom, the male lead whom I suppose was going to swept me off my feet, was much of an asset to the novel. I did, however, like one or two characters, but they were secondary characters so I did not see them as often as I would have liked.The setting and the imagery were lush and vivid, but it was not enough by itself. Give me a bouquet of flowers and I will admire its beauty, but that is all. Give me a story behind the flowers and I will love it even after it wilts.There appears to be a sequel, or some form of companion novel, to Faithful, but I am more than hesitant to read it when it comes out.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
On the eve of the summer she was supposed to have finally come into society, Maggie Bennet¿s father suddenly takes her out west, following a rumor that her mother, a former bohemian artist missing for months now, might be there. As Maggie settles into her new life in Yellowstone Park, she is forced to come to terms with the fact that what she thought she knew about her father and mother are probably wrong.A forest ranger¿s son named Tom Rowland gradually helps Maggie open her eyes to the beauty around her, though, but part of her still wishes she were back East, entering society like a proper young woman. Will Maggie ever be able to reconcile these two desires within her?I wanted to like FAITHFUL, with its gorgeous cover and promising tale of self-discovery in Yellowstone Park. I¿m not a historical fiction fan, but I do love me the inspirational beauty of nature. Unfortunately, lackluster writing, plot, and characters drag this book down until it is very difficult to like.Nearly all of the characters in FAITHFUL are either unbelievable or unlikable. For lack of better words, Maggie is, simply put, a pain in the ass, a spineless, spoiled, and petulant girl forever waffling between her childish desires of admittance into the gossipy, fashionable worlds of New England society and her goal of being a young woman mature enough to be included in her family¿s decision-making process. News flash, sister: you won¿t be treated as an adult if you keep on being so self-centered.Tom, the love interest, is introduced to us as a tall, good-looking, light-eyed young man with an enigmatic smile, who immediately makes our heroine feel clumsy and unworthy. Excuse me for a moment while I chuck something across the room. And pardon me when I don¿t believe the supposed attraction between the two. If any guy as perfect as Tom is purported to be falls for someone as inconsiderate and selfish as Maggie, then, well, he¿s really as far from perfect as can get.Equally frustrating is the slow, flashback-laden plot. The flashbacks are meant for us to see what Maggie¿s mother was like, and why Maggie feels so conflicted about her as she does. But in the present time, there is little that moves the story along. A story of self-development needs to find the right balance between the past and the present, and this one was bogged down with too much of the past to work effectively.FAITHFUL wasn¿t the book for me because it combined the parts I like least about YA lit into a single book, but fans of historical fiction might have more patience with Maggie¿s story. You might be better able than me to appreciate the intricacies of societal rules of the time, as well as drink in the luscious idea of the setting.
Soniamarie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was really disappointed in this. I thought I was getting a historical novel that would explore the magic and beauty of West Yellowstone, but except for when the grizzly bears made their appearances, I didn't enjoy it much. The heroine is a most unlikeable petulant, whiny, spoiled brat and snob. When her mother was suicidal, all Maggie could think was how embarassing her mom was. It was all ME, ME, ME. Now that her mom is missing or dead, all Maggie can think about is her debut ball and dresses and Edward. Even when her father drags her to Yellowstone from their comfy residence in Newport by implying her mother may be there, Maggie thinks, "Oh I want to find my mum but it must be in time for my ball!!" (That's not a direct quote.)Upon arrival in Yellowstone, the action does start to pick up a bit and the story does take some interesting turns, BUT I never did grow to like the heroine. She goes from a spoiled snot to a wimpy weak sniveling baby. I mean, she is afraid of a doe for crying out loud! There's a mystery involving Maggie's dead/missing mother, family secrets to be uncovered, love at first sight with a simple man named Tom, and an unplesant suitor that her father wants to force Maggie to marry.That bout sums it up. A miss for me.
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)