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Confessions of a Closet Catholic

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Justine Silver's best friend, Mary Catherine McAllister, has given up chocolate for Lent, but Justine doesn't think God wants her to make that kind of sacrifice. So she's decided to give up being Jewish instead. Eleven-year-old Justine pours her heart out to her teddy bear, "Father Ted," in a homemade closet confessional. But when Justine's beloved Bubbe suffers a stroke, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published February 3rd 2005)
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*

This book is perfect for anyone who is confused on what they believe in and want to know what to believe in.

Justine Silver is a Jewish 11 year old to be 12 year old girl. She is confused on her Jewish faith. Her parents seem to practice the religion in some way and her grandparents another way. And then there are all those other religions. Confused by all this Justine turns her attention to her best friend Mary or Mac who is Catholic. When Mac gives up chocolate for Lent Justine thinks that G
Dijana Vidakovic
Reading Confessions of a Closet Catholic was an easy read. The book was simple and flowed easily. The book was about a young Jewish girl named Justine who was confused in her beliefs. Justine had a friend named Mary Catherine, who was Catholic and who gave up chocolate for Lent. Justine decided she wanted to celebrate Lent too and gave up being Jewish. During the story Justine is hiding that she has become Catholic from her family. She goes to church, says her Hail Mary's in her closet, and even ...more
Raine Rucker
Jun 10, 2010 Raine Rucker rated it it was amazing
"Confessions of a Closet Catholic" by Sarah Darer Littman is a wonderful book. It can be found in the juvenile section of my local library and it's written for teens, but adults can also enjoy it. This adult certainly is. :)

It deals with everyday issues that teens can relate to: crushes, sibling rivalry, feelings of injustice, body image, and chocolate. Also, 11 year old Justine is trying to figure out religion.

Justine's family is Jewish, but she isn't overfond of the religion for various reason
Nathalie S
Jan 19, 2012 Nathalie S rated it really liked it
The title of this book immediately hooked me! As a former Catholic, I enjoy immensely reading HUMOROUS books about Catholicism and other religions--which seem to fall into only 2 other categories: Jews and Muslims. So far, I haven't found any such books about protestants for example. Please disabuse me of the notion if you know of any such HUMOROUS book. I'd love to read it. In this book, Jewish teen Justine Silver wants to become a Catholic. Her Catholic friend's family seems just so much more ...more
Feb 22, 2008 sarafem rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely endearing story about a modern preteen Jewish girl trying to find herself and figure out what she believes in this world. This has taken its place with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli as one of my favorite children's stories. I would recommend this to anyone; most especially to adults, open enough to read a chilren's novel, who experienced that period of questioning their faith and who they are and manage to reflect on the confusion in an endearing sort of way.
May 15, 2010 Marcy rated it really liked it
Be proud of where you come from. If you aren't happy with who you are, then the grass will always look greener somewhere else. But when you get there you won't be any happier, because you've taken your insecurities with you. (pg 44-45)
Jul 01, 2007 Cynthia rated it really liked it
This was an adorable story about a Jewish girl who decides she is going to become "Catholic" for lent. Being the the realms of "interfaithness" (I know, not a word), I found it enjoyable.
Nov 30, 2014 Shon rated it really liked it
I thought this book highlighted the many struggles of being young and trying to figure out the person that you are and making that fit with the person you want to be. The author brings Justine Silver is someone that many kids can relate to. She is unsure of just about every aspect of her life; her looks, her religion, her family loyalties, her religion, boys, friends, etc. The author started the book by using a lead to introduce the narrator. She starts with the narrator talking about what's goi ...more
Tasmiea Zaman
Nov 30, 2014 Tasmiea Zaman rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-k-class
Confession of a closet catholic was very personal to me. I grew up around many non-Muslim peers when I went to school in Doraville, GA. I was the only Muslim up until high school and I was the only Southeast Asian girl in my class until high school. This book creates a scenario in my mind where the character speaks directly to the audience. It led me feel as if she was talking directly to me. I enjoyed laughing and crying with the character as each scenario of her life unfolds. This book led me ...more
Maria Wong
Sep 27, 2012 Maria Wong rated it it was amazing
YA Multicultural Assignment:

“ A Confessions of a Closet Catholic” can attract young adult readers because of its easy read and sense of humor. The book begins with an eleven-year-old girl, Justine, who struggles with what ‘normal’ girls at that age struggle with: self-image, boys, and parent problems. Many can relate with Justine’s struggles because we all have at one point been embarrassed of our family and their idiosyncrasies. Justine is embarrassed about her Jewish heritage and attempts to c
A Book Addict (pirogoeth)
Apr 26, 2010 A Book Addict (pirogoeth) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, fiction
I feel like I understand some of what she's going through. One part is the friend. He didn't grow up in a very religious home and when he started learning about Judaism, he said it just made sense to him. That's how I feel about Catholocism. It's just right for me.

When I was in college it took me a couple of years to start going to Mass on my own. Until then it was always something that I had to get up early in the morning and dress nicely for. In Junior High and High School I started to enjoy i
Feb 09, 2014 Eileen rated it really liked it
A book for my 6th grade girls who are "running out of books" to read. I don't think any of them have read it yet. I will definitely be recommending this to them! On another note, I'd like to purchase my own copy (or two) to have available for my jr. high religious ed students. Gives me an idea to find more books on growing up and learning more about your faith ...... our bishop told our youth just last week, "Learn all you can about your faith. You are old enough to do it on your own. Take the i ...more
Jan 26, 2016 J rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic-reading
YA book. A young Jewish girl explores Catholicism as she seeks to understand her own faith. Respectful and insightful to both religions.

Justine and her Jewish parents know an unbelievable amount about Catholicism - including the significance of the rosary and confession. It gave the story a beautiful depth, but it didn't seem realistic that a Jewish family (with no obvious exposure to Catholicism) would understand the tenants of the Catholic faith so well.

It is asserted several times that J-A-G
Mar 02, 2015 Ray-ray rated it liked it
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Mar 01, 2015 Nate added it
Confessions of a Closet Catholic (by Sarah Littman) is a great book. It is a multicultural book that reflects on different religions. In this book, the main character Jussica decides to become catholic because... reasons. She just hasn't told her Jewish parents yet. She does confessions in her closet, pouring out her sins to her teddy bear. But that all changes when her beloved grandmother suffers a stroke, and she believes that her religious activities are responsible. Jussica is torn between t ...more
Feb 27, 2015 16danic rated it really liked it

Have you ever felt like you wanted to change? Like you did not belong anywhere? Confessions of A Closet Catholic is a realistic fiction multicultural book. The setting in this story is in a house, a church, and a synagogue. The main character is a 12 year old girl named Justine Silver. She is a Modern Orthodox Jew, who keeps kosher and observes Shabbat. She loves her family, her friends and her life except for one little detail. The conflict in this book is that Jussy feels like she does not fit
Feb 27, 2015 16hannahr rated it really liked it

Have you ever gone through life, where everyone wants you to do one thing, but on the inside you really want to do something else? Well, Justine Silver has gone through just that. Justine goes from being Jewish to being Catholic to something in between. Confessions of a Closet Catholic is a great book. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because it is not a true story which makes it fiction, but it could happen which makes it realistic. The setting takes place in a city as well as a chur
Esther Shin
Nov 29, 2014 Esther Shin rated it liked it
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman

This book was unique. It wasn’t my favorite but the way this book was written was unique. The author gave information about the characters directly and indirectly. It was nice to get information in both ways. I felt like I was able to picture all the characters in this book. I was also able to picture what was happening in the book while I was reading it. The author wrote each character in direct way where she described thei
Apr 09, 2014 Jada added it
When I picked up "Confessions of a Closet Catholic," the premise made me think about "Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret" since both feature girls in middle school who have recently moved and who explore religion. Confessions… deals with a crush on a boy but does not delve as deeply into sexuality as the Judy Blume classic does. And Justine is a middle child, so sibling rivalry plays a bigger role in this story than it does in Margaret’s. This book also tackles the death of a grandparent.

At tim
Feb 12, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book describes exactly how the little things cause anxiety as a kid. That if you make this small mistake it will mess up everything and it feels like it is your fault.

It also shows that communication is vital, for example, Justine thought her mother hated her. When in reality they were just mid communicating with each other.

And last, but not least. It takes time to find your self and to figure out what path your are going to take. Everybody is different. You fight for what you believe is
Eydie Aremburg
Jul 06, 2015 Eydie Aremburg rated it really liked it
Category: Middle Grade

Genre: Fiction

Sub-genre: Realistic Fiction

Interest Level: Grade 4 - 7

Reading Level: 930 Lexile; DRA 40; Guided Reading: Q

Brief description: Justine is Jewish, and her best friend, Mary Catherine, is Catholic. Justine, intrigued by the rituals that Mary Catherine and her family partake, tries to be Catholic.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre(s) and sub-genre and discuss how they appear in your book: One characteristic of realistic fiction is a setting that is
Holly Blades
Dec 29, 2015 Holly Blades rated it liked it
I thought this book would be a lot more about faith, but there wasn't as much as I thought, until the last like 20 pages which were the most interesting part.
Jun 02, 2015 LolitaMarie rated it it was amazing
Confessions of a Closet Catholic.
Justine Silver's best friend, Mary Catherine McAllister, has given up chocolate for lent, but Jussy doesn't think God wants her to make that kind of sacrifice. So she decided to give up being Jewish instead.
Jussy's bedroom closet becomes her confessional as she pours out her sins to her teddy bear, "Father Ted." But when her beloved Bubbe suffers a stroke, Jussy worries that her religious exploration is responsible. Worse, Jussy must suddenly contemplate life wit
Mar 04, 2015 Chelsea rated it liked it
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Emma Xoxo
Nov 11, 2014 Emma Xoxo rated it liked it
This book was good and all, and of course I added stars for the great relgion facts it had inside. I didn't like particular parts all around the book like the main character refusing to say God and Jesus in prayers and referring to Jesus as "the J-word." That particularly was very annoying and was something I didn't like. I also am not Catholic and most definitely not Jewish which dropped points in my rating because I don't exactly like the way they think of life. It was an ok book overall, and ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Michigosling rated it it was amazing
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Nov 18, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommended to Heidi by: Meredith Veatch
As Meredith recommended, this was a great book to use in the Book Challenge as "read a book about a different religion than yours." This one had two--do I get double the points? :-)

There were plenty of flaws to this book that were a little annoying. They did not detract from the overall book, and I'm sure the audience it's geared toward would never even notice the discrepancies and other things I didn't like so much. For one, the girl is supposed to be 11, but so much of what she says, thinks, d
Oct 25, 2010 Julia rated it liked it
Justine Silver was just one young, ordinary, Jewish girl. She felt lost in her own world; her parents supposedly don't even love her. The only person she could talk to was her Bubby, her beloved grandmother. But one day, she finally found someone else, Mary McAllister, her new best friend. Mary lives in a very Catholic home, surrounded by a great and supportive family, who loves her. They all recently gave up one specific thing for lent. Justine seems to think that Judaism is not right for her, ...more
Karen Green Panda
May 14, 2013 Karen Green Panda rated it liked it
Although this was an easier book to read, it was enjoyable and funny. Justine was a really funny preteen girl facing typical teenage problems except for one, religion. Justine faces a problem in identifying herself with her religion. She is Jewish; however, her parents almost never go to the synagogue(except for mandatory days), they don't eat kosher, and they just don't follow all the "rules about being Jewish like her Bubbe. Her Bubbe was a holocaust survivor, naturally she is very religious ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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This book is for anyone who has ever questioned their faith, lost a loved one, or yearned to understand life just a bit more. Sarah Darer Littman has captured Justine Silver, a confused Jewish girl, within the pages of CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC.

Justine is surrounded by her faith, but no one seems to celebrate it the same way. Her parents have one idea, her grandparents another. And then there are all those other religions -
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Sarah Darer Littman is the award-winning author of CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC, PURGE, LIFE, AFTER and the upcoming WANT TO GO PRIVATE? In addition to writing for teens, she is a columnist for Hearst Newspapers (CT) and for the website She lives in Connecticut with her family and three exceptionally cute dogs, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves.

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