Published September 2011|Published by Llewellyn Worldwide|164 pages|E-book via the library
Goodreads.com Summary: Dylann Mahoney is living one big unholy lie.
Thanks to a humiliating and painfully public sexting incident, Dylan has become the social pariah at her suburban Chicago high school. She’s ignored by everyone–when she’s not being taunted–and estranged from her two best friends. So when Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls, she’s immediately drawn into their fascinating world of hope chests, chaperoned courtships, and wifely submission.
Blogging as Faith, her devout and wholesome alter ego, Dylan befriends Abigail, the online group’s queen bee. After staying with Abigail and her family for a few days, Dylan begins to grow closer to Abigail (and her intriguingly complicated older brother). Soon, Dylan is forced to choose: keep living a lie . . . or come clean and face the consequences.
I was intrigued by Faking Faith. I mean, Dylan goes from sexting to pretending to be a fundamentalist Christian. I get why she’s initially drawn in, and how she was able to take the good from Abigail’s life. You sort of see her appreciate her own life after visiting Abigail.
I was definitely intrigued by Abigail and her family and their beliefs. I’m fairly certain there are more than a few people out there who think families like Abigail’s are strange and maybe even a little crazy. I would say Faking Faith falls somewhere between a super-positive portrayal of Abigail’s family and a really negative one. You see both, but there were times when I felt like Bloss leaned more towards portraying them in a negative way, which was kind of irritating. That being said, I was glad to see Dylan’s appreciation of her own life.
At the risk of being repetitive, I’m going to move on to something else. Abigail and Dylan are so very different, but both are interesting characters who are just trying to make it through life. I definitely connected more with Abigail, which is probably because I felt like we’re a lot more alike than myself and Dylan. Although I do understand Dylan getting really into those blogs. The internet is a fun and slightly scary time-waster. You only mean to spend a few minutes looking at something…and hours later you realize you just need to stop. I did like the contrast between the two girls and thought it was pretty well-done. I would have liked more contrast to Abigail’s dad, because that would have been more interesting to me. Then again, it’s not about Abigail’s dad, it’s about Dylan.
I’m not really sure what to say about Faking Faith. I liked, and while I didn’t completely love the portrayal of the Dean family, they are a nice contrast to Dylan and her family. It gets 3 stars.