Date Release: August 7, 2018
Date Read: August 5, 2018
Publisher: Katharine Tegen Books
Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.
But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a copy of this book to review.
I was really excited to read this book because it challenged the status quo for religion by showing characters who didn’t fit in the “good” religion box. It showed that they were good people, not crazed heretics who should be shunned by society. The book at it’s core is a conversation about why we believe in what we believe and to also not judge those who don’t believe in the same things as us. And this conversation is wrapped in humor, shenanigans, relationships both platonic and romantic, and high school.
The one reason that this book is not 5 stars is that I had a hard time connecting with Michael. He is not a flawless character and that is good because if he was perfect this book would not be relatable at all or even remotely that interesting. And towards the end of the book, he starts, in my opinion, becoming very needy and it was getting a bit on my nerves.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read this book. In fact, I think it would make an excellent required reading book as it is light (I read it in a day) and one of the most relatable high school books I have read when it comes to what high school is like.
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