Faking Faith

Faking Faith

by Josie Bloss


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ISBN-13: 9780738727578
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Josie Bloss grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. When not mining her high school journals for material, Josie enjoys obsessing over various TV shows, karaoke and all things theater. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Faking Faith 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
When Dylan becomes a social outcast due to a bad breakup, a viral video, and a sexting scandal, she starts spending a lot of time on the Internet . . . but it's not what you might expect. Dylan becomes obsessed with blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls -- the kind who live a quasi-Amish lifestyle, with farms and big families and lots of domestic stories to relate. For months, Dylan reads the blogs . . . then she starts to comment occasionally . . . then she creates her own blogging persona, "Faith." And eventually, Dylan contacts Abigail, one of the most popular bloggers in her new-found community, and arranges for "Faith" to come visit. At Abigail's home, Dylan meets Abigail's family -- a host of cute younger siblings, a homey mother, a controlling father, and Asher, Abigail's handsome, troubled older brother. Abigail's life is pretty much what Dylan had been expecting -- but there are a few dark undertones as well.The string of bad choices that Dylan makes in the first half of this book is really quite epic -- everything from sending naked pictures to her scummy boyfriend, to lying to her parents and setting up a visit to people she met online. The author does a good job of making Dylan's character sympathetic in spite of all of this.I'm a little intrigued by the blogging community that Dylan stumbles across -- a group so conservative, it makes the conservatives that I know seem mainstream. Hopefully, nobody will come away from this book thinking that all conservative Christians share Abigail's family's views! On the other hand, I like the fact that Dylan finds certain things about Abigail's lifestyle appealing -- and I appreciate the fact that Dylan isn't able to swoop in and solve all of the problems she encounters in Abigail's world. From her experience at Abigail's, Dylan takes away a few lessons about the power of forgiveness and the importance of knowing what you believe. There really is a sense that both Dylan and Abigail have grown over the course of the novel, but that they still have some growing left to do, which makes for a nice, realistic ending.
mjspear on LibraryThing 5 months ago
(Miss) Dylan is caught in a sexting scandal (spurned boyfriend...compromising pix) and subsequently shunned by her classmates. In her loneliness, she discovers an online community of home-schooled conservative Christians, where is both intrigued and comforted by their traditional values. She soon adopts an alter ego, "Faith," and begins her own blog. She is befriended by Abigail and the subterfuge accelerates when Dylan travels to So. Illinois to spend time with Abigail. The summer opens Dylan's eyes to an alternative view of the world, tests the limits of honesty (in the end she confesses her true identity to Abigail), introduces a boy crush (the brooding Asher) and leaves Dylan in a better place than where she started. Author Bloss does a good job of bringing various threads together to a satisfying resolution. She treats the conservative Christian community with dignity while exposing some of its constraints. The boyfriend subplot is a bit less convincing but will hook teen girls. Best of all: Dylan shows real character growth.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, enough to keep it, not enough to re-read on a regular basis.
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BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
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.