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

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  15 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. Only seven kids in the whole school The building is falling apart. Weird things keep happening. And then there's Allie Weaver, drop-dead gorgeous, barely Catholic. Why did her parents suddenly transfer her to John Paul 2 High? And what is s ...more
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Published March 1st 2008 by Imagio
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Regina Doman
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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).
amazing story! very interesting and captivating. two thumbs up :)
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great book
Alyianna Baggins
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
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,
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
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
Good serious, fast paced read, for 14+
Jul 20, 2009 Elaine added it
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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.
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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