Funny and Thought Provoking Look at Faith

Today I have a book that has a funny and thought provoking look at faith. It isn’t often that a main character identifies as an atheist, so this one caught my eye immediately.  This group of teens is questioning what they believe. They all come down on different areas of the spectrum making this story more about understanding who you are and respecting what works for others and not about what ideas are right or wrong.

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Title: Heretics Anonymousfunny and thought provoking look at faith heretics anonymous

Author: Katie Henry

Target: Grades 8 and up

Series: No

What this book is about:

Micheal has been changing schools regularly as his father relocates to move up the corporate ladder.  This latest move has landed Micheal in an exclusive Catholic school, which Micheal feels might be a challenge because he is a self-described atheist.  However, he quickly finds his people who are all struggling in their own ways with their faith.  He joins their covert society, Heretics Anonymous, as they begin to secretly expose the hypocrisy of the school.  However, when Micheal takes things too far, he needs to face his own motives and take responsibility for his actions.

Why I love this book:

  • While my beliefs tend to be in line with Micheal, I really appreciated how the author was respectful of all faiths.  I could see how Lucy, a devout Catholic, saw the comfort and love in her religion.  I could understand how Eden was experimenting with different ways of bringing religion into her life and I respected how Avi struggled with going to a school that saw his sexual orientation as sinful.  
  • High school is certainly a time when kids are questioning their beliefs.  This book does a good job of showing kids who are examining their own understanding of the world while also tackling the basic issues of right and wrong. This applies no matter what religious beliefs you choose to embrace or not.
  • I really appreciated the different home lives of these characters.  Kids will no doubt relate to one of these teens with a parent who works too much, an only child who is the center of his parent’s universe and a girl who sees religion differently than her family.

Who this book is for:

Great for teens who are questioning their own belief system.  This book does contain some inferences of sexual conduct and there is drinking, but overall it is pretty mild.

Final thoughts:

I would have loved this book when I was young.  I grew up in a very tolerant, but still a very religious household and I struggled to understand my own views on religion.

To purchase this book:

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