Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

Details: Paperback, 377 pgs
Published: September 7th, 2010 by Simon Pulse

isbn: 1416996095 (ISBN13: 9781416996095)
Reading Level: Young adult
Received From: Loaned to me
Description:
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.
 

My Thoughts:
I think I went into this book without any real expectations.  My friend Angela LOVED it, but then my friend Lori only liked it.  So that made me think I’d maybe be somewhere in the middle.  I was right.  Actually maybe a bit closer to loving it.  
I thought it was realistic.  I know that some felt like Brie’s grief wasn’t real.  That she should have been more devastated.  But I think the way she dealt with it all was pretty real and we don’t all deal with grief the same way.  She was incredibly strong through everything, while her family was drowning in sorrow and her friends turn against her.  I loved that she was strong enough to recognize everything that was going on though.  That her parents needed some time, but yet she didn’t really make too many excuses for them.  She felt like they needed to deal with it and find a way to move on.  
When her friendship and relationships turned to crap she was smart enough to know that she deserved better.  That they weren’t good friends, or boyfriend and that she could have better.  I loved that she didn’t grovel just so she wasn’t an outcast.
The mysteriousness of the death of her sister was pulled off phenomenally.  I was constantly guessing why so and so was so mysterious.  Why so and so ran away, or wouldn’t talk to her.  Things turned out a little different then I expected, and Brie found some great new friendships and a relationship that are so much better then her old circle.  
Over all I thought this was a great read and I definitely recommend it!
I give it 4/5 moons. 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. This is a novel I am seriously interested in purchasing and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. You make an excellent point about everyone dealing with grief differently and I like that this character doesn’t deal with her grief in an expected way!

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  2. I quite enjoyed this one as well, and definitely agree with you – we don’t all grieve in the same way, and this book really portrays that well. Brie, her mom, and her dad all react to Faith’s death differently, and I think that’s very true to life.

  3. I am leaning more along the lines of Lori with this one. I like parts of it, but found a lot of the character’s motivation, just a bit hard to believe. Good review though.

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