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Faking Faith

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After a humiliating “sexting” incident involving a hot and popular senior, seventeen-year-old Dylan has become a social outcast—harassed, ignored, and estranged from her two best friends.

When Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls, she’s fascinated by their old-fashioned conversation themes, like practicing submission to one’s future husba
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Flux
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Oh...let's see. Joining an online community based on a specific interest, making unexpected connections with people you've never met in real life, becoming so immersed in this community and its friendships that you make your own blog...nah, I wouldn't know anything about that. *ahem* Bloss describes this compulsion so uncannily (and hilariously) in Faking Faith that I was onboard right from the start. The power of an online obsession. The rush of community acceptance. The need to be involved and ...more
As a homeschooled Christian girl, I picked up Faking Faith with a deep sense of curiousity. Would Bloss be the type to bash homeschooling, Christianity, and big families in general, or did she come from one and therefore be more sympathetic? Well, Faking Faith falls somewhere in-between.
Dylan Mahoney has pretty much reached rock bottom on the social scale at her high school. After an embarssing "sexting" incident, with pictures released all over Google, even her best friends won't talk to
Stacia (the 2010 club)
After bagging on several books for getting it wrong, I finally found an example of how an open ending can be done in a way which isn't completely annoying.

Psst. I have a secret. One I shouldn't tell. You might think horribly of me once I mention what it is. This secret is so possibly embarrassing that I think I'll hide it in a spoiler tag. Look only if you're brave!

(view spoiler)
After a series of bad decisions, culminating in the widespread dissemination of some foolishly shared ("you'll never show these to anyone,right?") topless photos, MC Dylan finds herself home alone, suspended, grounded by her workaholic parents, shunned by her friends and generally very, very lonely and unhappy. What's a girl to do? Why, spend hours on the internet, of course, where she becomes intrigued by and sucked into the world of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls (from families th ...more
Jeff Raymond

The concept behind this book is great - a girl gets caught up in a sexting scandal at school, and falls into the online world of homeschooled evangelical teenagers to the point of actually starting a blog of her own, faking her way in the evangelical world as "Faith." She becomes friendly with another girl and actually goes to visit her and live among those she has merely been pretending to be.

Like I said, great concept. Sadly, the execution is less than stellar. It handles a difficult, ofte
Kat Alexander
3 1/2

Dylan Mahoney is an outcast. She used to have friends, good grades, the trust of her parents, etc., etc., before a certain short-lived boyfriend, a viral video of her totalling his car with his own golf club, and a few naked photos sent via text message. Abandoned and alone, Dylan turns to the Internet, and finds a new obsession--the blogs of fundamentalist Christian girls, the ones who live on farms in the middle of nowhere and have six siblings. Dylan, fascinated, creates her own blog wit
I was really looking forward to this book. I was a few pages in and became frustrated because I thought the writing was kind of contrived. Sentences were sloppily constructed and there were some really simple grammatical errors (like a then/than mixup) that any decent editor should have caught. I thought that some people might excuse things like this because the book is written from the viewpoint of a teenager, but if you look at the vocabulary the narrator uses, it's really unrealistic. Additio ...more
Námet & Fabula
Faking Faith ma prekvapila svojou hĺbkou. Podľa anotácie som si predstavovala, ani neviem čo presne. Jednoducho som ju chcela vziať do ruky a prečítať. Ibaže som neočakávala, že ma tak strhne. Dylan prežije príšerný zážitok a jej svet je v troskách. A ona sa rozhodne vytvoriť si alter ego. Keď sa pozvala do rodiny, kde žijú úplne inak, ukáže sa jej nový pohľad na svet. A nám čitateľom tiež.

Príbeh ponúka iný uhol života, ktorý si ja, neviem ani predstaviť. Nemyslím, že by som m
To find a book that tackles religion AND obscure Internet-phenomenon-obsession was like a dream come true for me. Several years ago I stumbled across a group of blogs that were part of a subset I found weirdly fascinating. If I'd sat down and made a list of qualities I'd want a YA book to have, and then got to instantly read that book, it would be FAKING FAITH. Add to the fact that Josie's writing is realistic, thoughtful, wonderfully paced and compelling, and I was pretty much in heaven. Also, ...more
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Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Flux
original title Faking Faith
edition language English
setting Illinois (United States)
other editions (3)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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After a humiliating “sexting” incident involving a hot and popular senior, seventeen-year-old Dylan has become a social outcast—harassed, ignored, and estranged from her two best friends.

When Dylan discovers the
This young adult novel by Josie Bloss seemed to start out as a warning of sorts about the dangers of the internet, and the constant texting (or in this particular story.. 'sexting'), which is so prevalent among adolescents in our society. The story surrounds teen Dylan Mahoney, who suffers like so many teens, from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, no guidance from her ever busy parents and her overwhelming need to 'belong'. She becomes involved with a guy (a user!) who talks her into sen ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
Poor Dylan Mohaney! This book is one series of bad decisions after another! First she falls victim to a sexting scandal, and goes all Carrie Underwood on her boyfriend - which coincidentally? Is also caught on video.

Then, while still grounded from the above incidents, she uses her parents credit card to buy a bus ticket to meet a girl she's met on the internet - telling her parents she's on her way to some school related summer camp. (At this point? I was seriously wanting to shake some sense i
Dylan's friends all warned her that Blake was a jerk, but she didn't believe them until it was too late and he had already forwarded topless pictures of her to the whole school... Completely ostracized by her classmates, Dylan spends most of her time messing around on the internet, which is where she finds them - the blogs of homeschooled, fundamentalist Christian teenage girls.

Dylan becomes fascinated by everything from their modest dress to their weird vocabulary, and quickly finds herself hoo
Kelly Hager
Dylan is not having a good year. It started out great, true, but things have quickly taken a turn south. She was dating the most popular guy in school---which led to a huge fight with her friends---but then she caught him cheating on her. So naturally, she had to take a golf club to his car. Unfortunately, he retaliated in the worst possible way: he emailed personal photos to everyone. And when I say "personal," I mean "topless."

You should not be surprised to learn that she has since been ground
The secret shame of my Internet bookmarks: among the recipes, the how-to articles, and the gazillion and one book reviews, I have saved links to a few personal blogs of people who belong to subcultures I am in no way a part of but am voyeuristically fascinated by. That's what blogs are for, right? An opportunity to expand one's own world by learning about the lives of other people.

So, yeah. When I read the blurb for this book, I thought, "Hmmmm. I can recognize some of the feelings here."

For Dyl

Faking Faith was all kinds of awesome and creepy. Creepy because Dylan is a bit nutso in her faking the faith act. But totally awesome.

Because here’s the thing – lots of girls make dumb mistakes when it comes to photos and boys. And it sucks and it’s embarrassing. But Dylan? She does something that I would have never expected – she goes and hangs out with a bunch of super religious whack jobs. But it’s SUCH an awesome experience
Sexting is something that has gotten a lot of media coverage lately — young girls taking and sending nude photos to their boyfriends; this often backfires when the couple breaks up, the photos are distributed, and charges are brought about regarding distribution of child pornography. But although that is the catalyst for this novel, it is not the central theme. Dylan is one of those girls — swept off her feet by the bad boy (despite warnings of her friends), and then tossed aside in a dramatic c ...more
This was a 'palate cleanser' between 2 tough books (as YA titles are easy reads and you can blow through them pretty quickly) and it was decent enough and did the job I was looking for it to do.

The characters were neither memorable nor too forgettable. I will say that the characterization of Abigail and her entire family were no more than caricatures of how modern society views far right winged fundamentalist Christians (think the Duggars, but in book form). Having had grown up in a pretty funda
This book had a unique setting. I can imagine people from the Amish community might be offended and rightfully so. The portrayal of Amish people was a bit stereotypical. But then, all stereotypes start with some kind of truth, right? I'm not saying all Amish people beat their kids or marry their daughters off to creepy older dudes, but it's been known to happen.
I liked the protagonist. She is fearless and impulsive, but she also has a strong moral compass.
It's been a long time since I read this
Stephanie A.
Wholly wonderful story of friendship, with the trashiness quickly gotten out of the way with minimal detail as a mere plot device. Dylan, a.k.a. "Faith" online, becomes enamored with the simple-living blog of someone who is the living embodiment of a Duggar daughter, to the point where she invites herself over to said blogger's house for a 2-week visit during the summer and gets to experience the lifestyle for herself.

I was a bit annoyed with her reciprocated insta-crush on Abigail's older broth
Emily Goodson
While I'm not exactly the target audience for this book, I had such a great experience reading it. It was totally in tune with the angst, the pressures, and the hopes of the modern, young adult. I thought the story was unique and the characters lovable. What I respect most about Bloss is her ability to write unbiased accounts of two very different cultures, allowing her readers to love each character based on the individual personalities, rather than the idiosyncrasies of the worlds around them.
Emily W
"But there was something just so... peaceful. I mean, about how they felt like they all knew everything. Exactly what God wanted them to do at all times. The exact definition of good. There was nothing to figure out. No reason to be scared about anything. Just read the Bible and it will tell you what to do. Sort of. Though... I guess it was mostly Mr Dean telling them what to do."
"The world is big and scary, and we're just small people trying to make our way," Mom said. "But, honey, does t
Logan LeDuc
An absolutely shocking plotline. The entire time I read the book, I couldn't help but picture the Duggars and their perspective on life and the role of women in the household. I was slightly disgusted at the fact that there are women that feel as though their only option is the path their father lays out for them. As I type this, my mother came in to ask which shoe matched her outfit better. In this society, who cares? You'll be married off anyway, whether your outfit looks nice, or like you pul ...more
Zemira Warner
Not sure what to say about this book. It is obviously about forgiveness,friendship and letting go of the mistakes from the past. I always found these YA religious books interesting because there is always something more to them than meets the eye.

Josie Bloss - Faking Faith Review

love it,can't get enough of this book.
the only thing i didn't like was the ending i want more but still a great read
no akoze bola som na 99% ked zrazu zhaslo svetlo a vobec nesla elektrina takze som si musela svietit skoro vybitym mobilom aby som to mohla docitat -_-
I found myself hooked on fundamentalist Christian blogs for days after this one. Fascinating stuff...
i think this book sort of resounded in me on a more personal level because of how i was born into a christian family. it was honestly very entertaining to see dylan's completely non religious perspective in contrast to the Dean family's obviously fundamentalist, cult like behavior very removed from modern christianity. i guess you could say it hit a nerve? for me, i always struggled with certain ~ideas~ the pastors would perpetuate because it was in ~the scripture~. i could never take it serious ...more
I feel like this book would have been infinitely better if there had been less telling and more showing.

The author, through Dylan, relates the story as though most of it had already happened in the past- which isn't necessarily a bad thing on its own. The problem becomes when you don't go into too much detail.

For instance: Dylan tells us why she's a pariah at the beginning of the book. "I had a boyfriend, my friends warned me to stay away from him, he ended up being an asshole, bad things happen
To say that Faking Faith is a serious novel would probably do it a disservice. That is to say, Bloss deals with serious issues of identity and contentment in this book, but she does it with a light-hand, often adding grim humor to a situation that would otherwise cause readers to have some sort of indignant and furious reaction.

After Dylan is caught sexting and has become the most disliked person at her school, she does what any teen girl would do: she attempts to forget about her problems. Exce
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Josie Bloss grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the best college marching band in the country and a staff reporter for the Michigan Daily.

After obtaining a degree in Political Science, she tried to decide if she wanted to be a lawyer while wrangling paper in several large Chicago law firms that are attempting to take over the world.
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“Because you fight it out, and stumble, and write bad poetry, and pick yourself up again, and at the end, hopefully, someday youre sitting with your kid on her bedroom floor, talking about how you screwed everything up too.” 6 likes
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