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Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High School - Book 1 (John Paul 2 High #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
George Peterson would rather wrestle at a big high school, but he has to go to a new school run by Catholic parents: John Paul 2 High.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Imagio
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Regina Doman
Oct 19, 2009 Regina Doman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I edited this book as head of the John Paul 2 High team, or, as I prefer to call myself, the Series Queen.

What can I say? This has been, hands down, the most exciting writing project I've been involved in to date. A team of young writers, editors, and consultants (including Father Christopher Pollard, attache to the Vatican at the UN) came together to create this series for Catholic teens. Mostly because we were all former Catholic teenagers who grew up never having any books fe
Jun 09, 2009 booklady rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, youth, fiction, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult novel, although I'm not sure if it's the quality of the writing so much as the subject's relevance to my life right now. As the mother of two high school teenagers I'm constantly in search of books to offer my daughters, especially now that summer has arrived. Catholic, Reluctantly is about the first year at the new and still-struggling (in more ways than one) John Paul II High School. The school is very small, only eight students, but they come from very di ...more
emma grace
Nov 07, 2011 emma grace rated it really liked it
I give this a 3.5.

It was a good book; really sad though to read about all the horrible things that go on at high schools. Makes you glad to be homeschooled... :)
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Sep 21, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens, parents of teens
Recommended to Sarah by: Lisa Hendey
Highly recommended. A fast read that is worth your time.

My full review is at my blog (click here).
Feb 22, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing
amazing story! very interesting and captivating. two thumbs up :)
Mar 19, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Popular fiction for teens.
Feb 15, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
great book
Anna Elizabeth
Jul 05, 2012 Anna Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
George would rather be wrestling at St. Lucy's. But the Costains, a family that he and his mom are very good friends with, has started this new Catholic school...and they need some students. Besides Seal (a.k.a. Celia), there's J.P. and Liz (who are buddies one day and enemies the next), this creep James....and the new girl, Allie. But what is a beautiful, actually normal, girl like her doing here?

Allie Weaver is a normal teenager attending a normal school called Sparrow High. But things get abn
Sep 09, 2013 Pete rated it liked it
There is a lot to like in Catholic, Reluctantly, however it is missing enough dramatic weight to make it memorable.

This book, published by Chesterton Press, is the first in a series of young adult Catholic novels that revolves around the students and parents involved in creating the John Paul II High School. The students include:

- Allie, a cafeteria Catholic who previously attended a public school until she was involved in a gun scare.
- George, a top wrestler who has a crush on Allie.
- Cecelia,
Mar 01, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
A great story of 7 Catholic highschool kids of all different sorts: George, a Catholic school boy who wants nothing more than to be on a wrestling team, Allie, a public school girl who's barely Catholic and wants nothing more than to leave John Paul 2 High, Celia, the sweet, super-duper Catholic daughter of the school principal, JP, the mischevious troublemaker who likes nothing more than playing pranks, Liz, the disinterested tomboy who doesn't want to go to school anywhere, Brian, the shy, ner ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Sage rated it it was amazing
Do you like action, mystery, terrorizing, religious, or funny romance books? If so, you’ll love these books. I love this series because it' bible thump in'. I think that the John Paul 2 High book series is a five star series because it has a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, religion, and action. Of course, there should be a couple laughs. I find myself wondering what will happen next and acting like I'm in the story. If you have questions about the christian's faith, of course you can ...more
Dec 09, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Good serious, fast paced read, for 14+
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the " catholic" element could have been left out it didn't really add any depth to the story. it almost confused the story. I enjoyed the characters though so I will finish the series.
The Christian M. Frank team did a great job creating a vast cast of characters with their own personalities (my favorites are Celia and Brian. Just saying), with adding a suspenseful storyline that intrigued me, a cute romance budding between two characters (and an annoying boyfriend for one of the characters, but I digress), and with the Catholic Christian lesson of following Jesus in times of life or death situations.

The only thing that bothers me is that Allie is a little mean, but if you rea
May 13, 2015 Mariana rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting book for young Catholic girls. It was quite approachable and neither preachy nor irreverent, as seems to be a prevailing issue in books like these. I definitely recommend for a thought-provoking look at Catholicism in the real world.
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What do you call a group of people who on the outside, are normal Catholics, but who have periodic crazy meetings late at night and sporadic email wars over plot points?

Well, you could call it a parish subcomittee, but that's also a good description of the John Paul 2 High Team.

The Team first started meeting three years ago when Sophia Press accepted our proposal to create a series of fun teen nov
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