Author: Denise Jaden
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Paperback, 377 pages
Date Published: September 7, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
Part grief-stricken story, part mystery, Losing Faith is all-engrossing. Denise Jaden writes so fluidly and with so much emotion that Faith becomes an enigma, a tangible person that is now lost to the world. Brie’s search for answers drives the story, while her slowly dissolving family creates this backdrop to the grief that Brie isn’t allowing herself to let out.
After Brie opens up to Tessa, the badass girl that people avoid, the Veronica Mars in her really takes hold. Brie and Tessa, along with Alis, the good-looking homeschooled guy who happened to show up at Faith’s funeral, investigate what happened to Faith and how Alis’ sister is involved.
Jaden takes this story laced with religious beliefs and, remarkably, doesn’t preach at all. Religion is absolutely essential to the plot, but Jaden never forces it upon the reader. It’s there, but not a controlling aspect. The characters control the story throughout. Jaden develops the three main characters so well and with such distinct personalities that it’s impossible to not be absorbed with them.
Losing Faith is a tour-de-force of emotion and surprisingly snarky humor. At times it’s a story engulfed in grief, but it’s always full of mystery and heart. Jaden has weaved a remarkably realistic story that is a stellar debut.
Opening line: The statue has got to go. ~ pg. 1
Favorite line(s): “I’m sorry,” I say when we bump into each other at the kitchen sink. And I am. Sorry they got stuck with me. I’m sure they’ve wondered about it too: Why couldn’t we have kept the good one? ~ pg. 107
And this one:
“Yes, I own a jacket, and I’ve also had a boyfriend, but neither have brought me any real comfort.” ~ pg. 306
More 4.5*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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