Release Date: September 7, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 3 Stars
Other Info: Contemps Challenge
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.
I have been reading some reviews of Losing Faith by Denise Jaden on Goodreads and I seem to be the first 3 star review. That surprised me a little. I’ll be honest, I was a bit weary of reading this book in the first place. I don’t read religious books, but this one said cult on the back so I had to give it a try. I’ve always been fascinated by cults. The Manson Family, Jonestown, if I see those names on the History channel or Discovery, I’m watching! So, I wanted to love Losing Faith along with everyone else, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t dislike it, though. It was just okay for me.
Brie was a completely uninteresting and unfeeling character in my opinion. Her sister died. Died! And there was no spark of feeling there. I know they weren’t close, but I would still expect a little bit more…grief. She even felt unfeeling to me when it came to Dustin and Alis. Maybe it was me! Who knows, but I felt really disconnected from her.
The premise of the story was engaging. I had to know the full story. I almost wish that I wouldn’t have known a cult was involved going in, though. It seemed like it took the characters forever to figure it out! I was tapping my toes waiting for the eureka moment. When it finally happened I wasn’t disappointed.
Overall, Losing Faith was a enjoyable read. It is a good debut. I just wish I could have connected with Brie more.