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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Misdirected is the story of fifteen-year-old Ben, who moves to a small conservative Colorado town where his atheism seems to be the only thing about him that matters to everyone. His classmates bully him for not fitting in, his teachers don’t understand him, and with his brother serving in Iraq and his sister away at college with problems of her own, Ben is left on his own ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Triangle Square
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Badz (Abandoned Marionette)
Misdirected is the story of Ben, a fifteen year-old teen whose life is about to change as his family moves to a small town in Colorado. Leaving old friends behind and transferring to a new school is never easy but it is way more complicated when you are forced to go to a Christian school when you are an atheist.

Ben thought that he'd be fine since he used to go to a Catholic school where his choices were respected. He did not know that this new school is way more conservative and strictly compli
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, giveaways
Ben moves with his family to Colorado from Boston because of his mothers new job. He isn't thrilled to move and leave his friends but feels prepared to go to a new religious private school as he's leaving one. He's an atheist who now must navigate a religious curriculum that includes creationism and a "saved" student population.
He quickly learns he is not prepared!

This is a Goodreads win. I really like this one! I've read some reviews that accuse this book of religion bashing. I completely dis
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok

When Ben moves to a small conservative town in Colorado, his first mission is to make friends. His nonexistent religious affiliations cause a hitch in his plan. Now it seems like everyone’s mission is to get him “saved.” All Ben wants is to be himself, but he can’t seem to stop butting heads with everyone else’s beliefs.

I was hoping for this to be a title I could add to my collection for those who might not subscribe to the religious social norms of our community. While it was interesting
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about Ben a fifteen year old who is moved from Boston to Colorado. Not only is he having to leave his friends behind, and start over at a new Christian private school, the entire small town is religious. The problem: he and his family are atheist. He went to a Catholic school in Boston, but it was more liberal and taught facts not just ideals based on the bible. Normally it wouldn't be a big deal that Ben is atheist, because it is no one else's business, but in this tiny town, peopl ...more
Well... This book was interesting, out of my league, and something I would not catch myself reading. This book to be honest, if it wasn't for me winning the giveaway for it, I wouldn't have even layed my eyes on it. (I'm just saying...

This book got really messy... There's 3 sides here, there's God, faith, and hate. Which side are you? If you want to know... Read this book. It changes your views of the world alittle bit. (I just sounded deep there for a second xD) but yeah... Basically that's ho
Grade rating: 84% B
Grace Klein
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
As a non-religious person, I was so excited to read Misdirected by Ali Berman when I picked it up at a bookstore as a young teenager. While I never got around to reading it while in high school, I decided to pick it up this summer as an easier fiction read. I was really excited about the book's theme surrounding religion and not fitting in because of it; this was a unique topic and one that I was very interested in reading about. While I loved the messages about fostering inclusivity and underst ...more
Gretta Marshall
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book and it had creative things coming from the left and right. this was a good book and I would recommend it to some people. I liked it an I think you would like it to.
Sally Green
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a memorably good YA novel. Great ending that changes things, but comes so naturally. Thought-provoking and often funny.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, library
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Misdirected is a book about a 15 year old boy, Ben, who moves to a new town where religion is an important aspect of everyone's life. Ben wasn't raised in a religious home, and although he attended a religious private school for most of his life, he doesn't understand why religion is so important to everyone.

After being treated like an outcast because of his lack of interest in being a Christian, he discovers he's Atheist. This causes an even bigger disconnect with his town and school, leaving h
Elizabeth R
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Good message with mediocre writing--though, I must say, given the subject matter, I think it would be hard to write something truly complex. It's a message well worth pondering, especially as I have been more or less in Ben's place. In fact, I spent most of high school in a similar place, lacking the "Christian" educational environment.

I'm very on the fence about this book. The movie "Saved" was funnier and got the message across, but landed heavily on the side of the Christians being more judg
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

No cover available. At least as of October 18, 2014.

Misdirected is most certainly an interesting book, interesting novel. It may be short, but it definitely does get messy. There is God, there is faith, and there is hate. All those mixtures make a very messy, messy book.

(Out of curiosity, is the church in Misdirected called Westboro Baptist Church? Kind of sounds like them, but I'm not quite sure. At least, they aren't calling anyone anti-christ, but ther
Bruce Gargoyle
Ful review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (Nov 6)

I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Ben, on moving to a small conservative town, discovers he's an atheist. When his Christian classmates find out, life becomes a whole lot harder for Ben.

This is a highly engaging and thought-provoking read that really gets to the heart of freedom of religion and the impact that this has on how people behave. Ben is a fleshed-out character who i
Ash Durrett
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-have-won
This book follows an atheist teen who moves to a small town of Colorado full of Baptist Bible Thumpers. Here, he meets a girl named Tess and falls in love along with learning a few lessons about respect for others religions as well as your own. My favorite character was Tess being as sweet as she is and the main protagonist’s love interest even though I do not agree with how she treated Ben for some parts. My favorite scene is when Ben was taken to a “mega church” for the first time, I love his ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ben is a teenage boy who moved to a small town in Colorado from Massachusetts. He's considered an atheist by all the kids in his new very religious Christian private school and quickly becomes hated by all.

Except for Tess, his next door neighbor, and James, a fellow "atheist.

Tess's family is one of the extremely Christian families who believe that anyone who isn't Christian will go to hell. "Christians" who don't believe in what they do might as well go down there when they die. Despite her fami
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received free digital ARC for review.

"Misdirected" was a fast paced and enjoyable read. As someone from Massachusetts who was not raised in a religious household, I could relate to Ben. Although I grew up in a small conservative town so people did tease me because of it, but no where near what Ben faces in the book.

I liked that the characters weren't static, they were human beings that would make mistakes and many tried to grow from them. I was a bit worried that the book was headed in an antir
Erica Sage
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I absolutely loved the opportunity to be a first reader, and I'm always excited about the careers of new authors. Ali Berman addresses important themes for young adults in her novel: bullying, acceptance, and religion. The pacing was appropriate, and I liked the hero's journey structure; all the characters were redeeming in the end.

That said, I feel like the book needed a bit more depth. I feel like the themes became so important that the writing became repetitive and didactic, and the character
Lamont (Monty)
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Shandi Leonard
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read, goodreads
Absolutely phonominal book. The story of Ben is just amazing! Having to deal with moving to a new town and leave his friends behind is one thing but entering into a town that is all Christian is another. Especially when he is an "athiest". Journey with Ben while he starts a new school, tries to make new friends and stick to his beliefs while trying to cope and understand the believe of others. Will he stay true to his own beloefs or will he give in, forget about being different, and be saved? Th ...more
Heena Gahlon
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ben is the main character of this book. After moving away from his friends and his family he is faced with what religion means to him or a lack there of. Ben shows us a side we don't often think about. A side that examines religion and what being an atheist really means. We see Ben struggle through bullying, intolerance and family issues. It really made me see things from a different perspective. One that opens up a world of understanding rather then intolerance. The novel flowed very well was b ...more
Dusty Summerford (Reviews by Reds)
I received this book through a Goodreads first reads giveaway....

I absolutely loved this book and its message!! This book helped me to realize that all people matter no matter what religion or beliefs. You should always respect other peoples beliefs. I would love to read more about Ben in the future. Maybe when his brother comes home for good and opens his animal shelter!
This is a must read!!
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, first-reads
I think this book could have been very interesting and a really good read. But I felt like it went to far into what felt like stereotypical all Christians are horrible and judgy that what could have been a good story/message was completely lost.

*I received this book for free through the Good Reads First Reads program.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
More message than story. I can't disagree with the message that your actions make you a good/bad person rather than your beliefs, and I applaud the author for writing a sympathetic atheist character in a YA novel--not to mention taking on the complex topic of religious tolerance. But it was just okay. ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Berman does a deft job of describing zealots and haters- as well as having her characters do some great self-reflection. Not enough books out there about atheists and Christians and how they can or can't get along. A wonderful page-turner that will have you reflecting on religion, alcoholism, gay rights, and your own beliefs. Very realistically written. I LOVED this book. ...more
W-TCPL Teen Central
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is better than I thought it would be. I was surprised at the descriptions of the school Ben (the main character) attends and asked myself and family questions that I never thought i would think about. This book prompted me to think about life and religion in a way I haven't before. It was an excellent read.

~Taylor H.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, it was pretty good though maybe not as effective as it could have been. The author dealt with a lot of issues including homosexuality, war, faith, and alcoholism. Some story lines were more developed than others in my opinion. I found the chapters with Pete very compelling, particularly the funeral they attend.
Anne Marie
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book brought me back to the age where the main character is...
I remember moving and having to adjust to new schools.

Loved the book. Great plot and character development.

This book was a win from the Goodreads First Reads Program.
John Malsch
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A high school atheist relocates to a very strong Christian community and falls in love with a girl who questions her own faith. Will their love prevail or will the community standards be much too much to bear.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. It covered so many important issues - but on top of that, it was a real page turner. Ali captured the feelings, fears and joys of being an adolescent so perfectly. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to celebrate being different - with love.
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Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World, published by Hazelden Publishing, and Misdirected, published by Triangle Square, an imprint of Seven Stories Press. Her writing has appeared in Unsaid Literary Journal, Elimae, Used Furniture Review and Puerto del Sol among others.

In 2012 she co-founded flipmeover, a production company th

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