“Faking Faith” by Josie Bloss
Release Date: November 8, 2011, 240 pages, Flux
“Dylan 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.”
Dylan is your typical teenager. She has friends, she’s involved in after school activities, and she has a crush on one of the most popular guys at her high school. Everything changes when she becomes involved with said popular guy and fo0lishly sends him topless pictures of herself. Of course, he sends them to everyone at her high school and Dylan becomes a social pariah.
Left with no friends and grounded for the school year, Dylan turns to the internet to occupy her time and stumbles upon the blogs of fundamentalist Christian girls. She soon becomes consumed with these blogs and is drawn to their simple lives that seem so strikingly in contrast to her own complicated, messy life. Dylan becomes close to one of the bloggers, Abigail, and finagles a visit to her house. She creates an alter ego and poses as a fundamentalist Christian so she can spend time with Abigail up close in a simpler life.
Dylan discovers that Abigail’s life is not as simple as she imagined, yet she also learns many things from her faith and outlook on life. Abigail’s older brother, Asher, also enters her life and things quickly become even more complicated for all of them. Throughout her time with Abigail, Dylan is able to reflect on her own family, her choices, and her beliefs. Despite their very different backgrounds, both girls really become friends and they know that they will always have each other’s backs. When Dylan returns home, she is ready to set things right in her life and is hopeful about her future.
“You’re actually the best friend I’ve ever had. And even after all this, I just…I really don’t think you’re a terrible person at all.”
“If you ever need help –if you ever need to get away somewhere and you feel like your family wouldn’t understand or let you come back here– even if you just need to take a little break, you can call me. Anytime. Day or night, I don’t care if it’s ten years from now. Whatever the circumstances. And I will come get you.”
“As soon as I deserve you, I will come and find you.”