Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Paperback, 400pp
Age Range: Young Adult
A terrible secret. A terrible fate.

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.
Brie Jenkins’s world is turned upside down when she learns of her sister’s death. She tries her best to fit the pieces of her life back together but things don't go as planned and everything else in her life starts to unravel around her when whispers of her sister’s death catches her ear. Denise Jaden pulled me into the heartbreaking mindset of Brie and the turmoil clouding her life. Brie's mission to find out what really happened to her sister the night of her death touched on many of the pressures teens deal with in today's society and how easy one could find them-selves part of the wrong crowd - In this case – a cult.

Brie went about her life just trying to fit in as best as she could when compared to her sister, who was seen as the one who could never do wrong. Brie went through so many changes in a short period of time. From being betrayed by her friends to meeting new friends who she could relate to, Brie managed to hold things together considering all she went through. Her parents’ grief and how it affected Brie’s family life had me sympathizing with her. She all but had to take care of herself as they wallowed in their grief. I enjoyed Brie’s growth throughout this novel. Her new best friend Tessa, the scary Goth was one of my favorites. This girl had just as many issues as Brie and it was nice that they could confide into one another. Alis, the love interest is very different from the typical guys you read about in YA novels. He’s homeschooled and has this naivet√© about him. It was sweet and I enjoyed the innocence of his and Brie’s budding relationship.

This book was intense and had its heartbreaking moments but the writing and characters were well crafted making LOSING FAITH a highly satisfying novel. Mystery, Cults, Romance, Religion, and Death, this book has it all. I'm excited to see what Denise Jaden comes up with next.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

21 comments :

  1. Wow, this sounds like a great book. Goth and Alis sound like cool characters too. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. What an incredible cover!!! Sounds like a great book. Enjoyed the review.

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  3. I want to read this even more. Your reviews always do that for me.
    Fantastic review as always.

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  4. Great review! It sounds like its going to be very sad and I have a feeling that when I do read it I will end up crying a lot.

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  5. Great review, thanks! Now I'm even more excited to read it myself.

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  6. Great review, the book sounds like one I would enjoy reading. I like a book with some mystery.

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  7. Great to hear that it was easy to sympathize with Brie's character, and that she developed over the course of the study. I'm interested to learn more about the cult aspect!

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  8. God! I gottta get my hands in this book.....soon! :D Your review feeds my book hunger, lol. Thanks for posting the Losing Faith review. :)

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  9. Thanks for the review. I can't wait to read this one :)

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  10. Thanks for the review! The themes in LOSING FAITH make the book a definite to-read!

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  11. Wow, Losing Faith sounds like an intense emotional roller coaster. I must check this book out. Great review!

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  12. Great review! I've been looking forward to this one for a while and it sounds like it will more than live up to my expectations.

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  13. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  14. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to read this one... it sounds so intriguing.

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  15. I really like your review I so can't wait to read this book. thank you for the info on the book!

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  16. I want to read this book so bad. Thanks for the review. I loved it!

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  17. I've had this book in my tbr, and this review only made me want to read it all the more! This book sounds like it has all the elements I like in a book, and I'm really intrigued! Great review :)

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  18. I'm interested to read about the cult aspects of this story. I don't remember reading anything about this before.

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  19. I wasn't sure about this book when I first started seeing it but after reading several reviews I'm interested now. I too am interested in the cult aspect. Rare in YA.

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  20. I enjoyed reading this review. Sounds like a great book!

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