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Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
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Apr 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-books
Read in April, 2012

I read this in one night. It told the story of a girl from the outskirts of Chicago being completely shunned at her school due to some stupid actions on her part. Alone, she gets sucked into the online world of Christian homeschoolers and creates a fake persona for herself. She ends up visited one of her online friends for a couple of weeks, pretending to be something she's not. She gets caught, of course, but that's just a sideline to the story. The main story is how this life completely foreign to what she knows helped her get grounded again and figure out what direction she wanted to go in her life.

There were some far-fetched elements of the story - what parents would let a child visit them without at least talking to the child's parents?, the extreme good looks of the oldest brother in the family, the turnaround of the main character's mother - but it was still a good read. There was some stereotypical caricatures of conservative, Christian homeschoolers - most of them do not wear old-fashioned dresses or believe in the domination of men over women - but, for the most part, I felt like they were portrayed in a fair light and the main character was made aware of a lot of the positive aspects of their way of life.

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