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Blind Faith

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  89 reviews
"I might as well tell you before you hear it someplace else...

My mother is dying. She has leukemia and she came here to die."

Nathan and his adorable little sister just moved in across the street from Liz Scattergood, and both of them could use a friend. Liz just isn't sure she's the right person. What do you say to someone whose mother is dying?

Liz has been coping with to

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published June 20th 2006)
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wittlinger is not as strong of an author as I thought she was when I first read Parrotfish. I doubt I would've given it five stars now. This is another book that I might've given five stars, had I read it a year ago. I'm not saying it's bad, but Wittlinger, as a writer, is far less unique and innovative than I would've liked to think she is. This is a fairly typical contemporary story, just a little better-done than usual.

There are many good parts to this novel. Liz is a very well-developed prot
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. It was very sad in some parts, but it taught you how fragile life is and it taught you to make the best out of what you have. I really liked it.
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. The story of both of Liz and Nathan's tragic losses somehow winds into a perfect story of love and tragedy. Liz is a down-to-earth narrator who uses music as her way of escaping from her run-of-the-mill life. As it is with most books of this genre, at least one of Liz's parents is slightly scatterbrained and nonchalant when it comes to caring for Liz, and this explains her extreme independence and the need she feels to always be at peace with her mother.
Nathan's character i
Stephanie A.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perfect summer fare: angsty themes of death and divorce counterbalanced by bright themes of quasi-sisters and the sweetest young romance ever. This book knew exactly what I wanted at every turn, and delivered it as such.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a teen book that I read to see if it was appropriate for my 14 year old daughter. (It was.) After her grandmother’s death, 15-yr old Liz has to deal with her mother’s inability to cope and the fact that two kids have moved in across the street whose mother is dying. Deals with questions of faith, mortality, friendship and spirituality. A good read for young adults.
This did a magnificant job of juggling the many different issues in the book. Terminal illness, grief, spirituality, interpersonal relationships, etcetera etcetera etcetera. More later
Jessica Klco
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
oh my gosh this is one os the greatest books i have ever read.
Stephanie Lingenfelter
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book more than I expected. Makes you think a little.
Richie Partington
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
21 April 2006 BLIND FAITH by Ellen Wittlinger, Simon and Schuster, July 2006, ISBN: 1-4169-0273-2

"Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
Cause I want to be someone who believes."
--Counting Crows, "Mister Jones"

"Why did people get so crazy about what other people believed? Entire countries fought wars over it. That seemed to be what most wars were fought over--that somebody had different beliefs than you had. It was insane. Couldn't we all just believe what we wanted without forcing everybody el
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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It was bad enough when fifteen-year-old Liz Scattergood's grandmother, Bunny, died. It's even worse now that her mother seems to have gone crazy. For weeks her mom wouldn't get out of bed, wouldn't eat dinner with Liz and her father, wouldn't even brush her hair. Although Liz understands that her mother and Bunny had a special bond, were more like sisters, in fact, than mother and daughter, Liz doesn't understand the extreme depression. That was almost preferab
Salette Trujillo
Blind Faith is a great book that shows you not to take things for granted because you never know when its going to be the last time you see one of your loved ones. Ellen Wittlinger writes an amazing story over a teenage girl who has to coup with struggles that she has to face. Her grandmother Bunny dies. Bunny was the closest thing she had because her relationship with her mother doesn't exactly count as a good relationship. Christine Liz's mother is more concerned about her pottery and spends h ...more
Emma Johnson
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I can't really decide how i feel about this book, there was just a lot of issues that weren't really worked out.

The whole plot revolves around death, and God. This is a touchy subject for me, it's not that i think the idea of God is stupid, it's just that i have a hard time getting around it, and watching these people literally devote their whole lives to it made me find it difficult to enjoy the story. Liz's mother just made me angry in so many ways, she just disregards everyone else's feeling
Terra Houston-Taylor
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blind Faith is about a young girl named Elizabeth who had just lost her grandmother. Elizabeth's family had a hard time getting over her death. The person who had the hardest time getting over the death was Elizabeth's mother. When her mom was at her lowest point she found a program that would help her connect with her mom(Bunny the deceased grandmother). Also a friend of Elizabeth's mom friend that she had known since high school would come back into the picture. When Lily told Eliazbeth's mom ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Liz was in a state of shock after Bunny, her grandmother, died. Bunny was active, interesting, and lively. Everyone found it unbelievable that her life ended so abruptly. Liz's mother, for one, became severely depressed, and when she was offered the chance to speak to Bunny spiritually, she jumped at the offer. Liz didn't know what to make of Spiritualism. She found it disconcerting that her mother spent so much more time with her dead mother than her living daughter. This new religion, welcomed ...more
Lindsey Cavin
I will admit this book was actually really good for me just picking it up in the library. What I didn't like was the fact that it was somewhat of an easy read but I did like the characters. This book is about a girl who gets new neighbors after her grandmother passes. The neighbors move in with the cranky old lady accross the street and Liz later finds out that its her daughter and her grandchildren. Later in the book she starts handing around with Nathan who is her age and his little sister Cou ...more
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-teen
My overall impression of this book is one of calmness, despite its depiction of family upheavals resulting from the sickness and death of loved ones. I think it's because Liz, despite her own struggles, is the dependable one in the story (along with her dad - I liked him too), trying to support her grieving mother as well as her new neighbors across the street whose mother is dying of leukemia.

This sounds like a heavy plot, but Ellen Wittlinger balances the sadness and confusion with hopeful ent
Jenni Frencham
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Death and dying seem to be fairly common topics in young adult literature. It's as though authors everywhere have decided that teens do not have the skills to cope with death and dying and that these skills are best taught through novels that the teens may or may not check out of the library.

Liz is coping with the loss of her grandmother, Bunny, and her mother's insistence that her Spiritualist church helps her to stay in contact with Bunny. Enter Nathan and his little sister, who move in acros
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone.
I think that the author was trying REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hard to sound like a teenager, which sort of took something away from the story. I mean, it was a great premise and I would have loved it a lot more if the woman just let go of her inhibitions and written naturally. Everything that was said was very forced.

Liz's grandmother, Bunny, has just died and has driven her mother into a fit of depression. To get rid of her sadness, Liz's mother decides to go to a weird Spiritualist church tha
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book has a main character named Liz Scatergood. In the beginning of the book, Liz's best friend/grandma, Bunny, passed away. It was very upsetting to her family and friends. Her mom is the one who dwells on this and can't get over it that easily. The whole book is about the family coping with that situation, and a few other tragic things that happen in their lives. New neighbors arrive right across from the girl's house and it's a teenage boy and his younger sister and their mom. The sad th ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really enjoy Ellen Wittlinger's books and this one is no different. Liz's grandmother, Bunny, has just died, and Liz's mom copes with this by attending a Spiritualist church in hopes of reaching Bunny on the other side. Liz spends most of the story battling with her mother, wanting to be her daughter as much as her mother was Bunny's. It's an interesting relationship where the teen seems more adult than the mom.
Adding to the mix is a neighbor, dying of leukemia, who has brought her two kids ba
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book seemed to effectively tackle questions and doubts about faith, which we all have. What really shines in this book is the odd mother-daughter relationship. Liz's mom was so attached to her mom that she continues to play the role of the daughter. Thus, Liz plays the role of the mom, and it was brilliantly executed. Liz is an enjoyable character, through her the reader questions faith, experiences feelings about family deaths and learning how to cope with all that. The only thing that didn ...more
Jacqui Swift
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book pretty well. Teens finding a shy romance in the midst of so much grief lays the ground for plenty of interesting conflict and a good plot pace that keeps you turning the pages. I learned a lot about the Spiritualist faith, and was interested in the dynamics of Liz's family. I did think that Wittlinger made too many stabs at trying to figure out God and religion very randomly. Its understandable why her characters are having so many God questions but the way the subject is broug ...more
Oct 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I saw it several times at the library, but I didn't really want to read this book. The blurb described it as exploring "how a loved one's death impacts those left behind." Not a very fun read. But I ended up picking it up once I'd read all of Wittlinger's other books at the library. And I ended up enjoying it a lot — not the torture and sorrow I expected. Wittlinger's characters are complex and engaging. She mixes serious themes — here death, parent-child relations, religion — with funny moments ...more
Monica Iqbal
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books of all time. I read this at least four or five times and I still want more. I felt utterly sorry for Liz's loss -- her grandma meant so much to her and the family. The loss went to such extremes that Liz's mother couldn't cope with the loss and attended a spiritualist church. Then came another family who recently moved in the house across the street. Nathan and his little sister Courtney's mother was dying due to leukemia. Liz befriends Nathan and they get closer and cl ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Death and communication with the dead. hMMMMMM. The book picks up your interest as it starts with a funeral/death right on the first page. The story builds well and is well-written. I like the premise but it does become a little more involved as it deals with issues about mothers and daughters and weaves itself into a secondary story which is also about death but also deals with boy-girl relationships. This was a simply written book, interesting enough but not a great read. It wouldn't be high o ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed Blind Faith, it was not a book that dragged me in to the point I could not stop reading it. The story line is interesting, and the temperamental nature of many characters while they were coping through a tragedy was shown rather well. Elizabeth's father was my favorite character, and I do wish that he was more involved in the drama. His beliefs and background could have made for a good side story, and his way of helping his family through the loss of Bunny proved to be the most e ...more
Mar 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenbooks
After Liz Scattergood’s grandmother Bunny dies, Liz’s mom spirals into a deep depression. Liz misses Bunny terribly, but she is worried about her mother, especially when she begins attending a spiritualist church that claims to be able to contact Bunny’s spirit. Then Liz meets a new neighbor, Nathan, whose family has just moved in with Nathan’s grandmother. Nathan’s mother is terminally ill and his cantankerous grandmother is not much support. Because of their common experience, Nathan and Liz b ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yafiction
When Liz Scattergood's grandmother, Bunny, passes away, her entire family is shocked. Her mother does not handle this well, and begins to attend a Spiritualist church because she believes they can help her communicate with Bunny from beyond the grave.

Liz does not know what to think of this. Just when she begins to recover from the first punch, a new boy moves into the neighborhood with his sister and mother - who has terminal cancer.

Blind Faith focuses on the things people need to believe in jus
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of 15 young adult novels including Parrotfish, Heart on My Sleeve, Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and ...more
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