Faking Faith


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Thanks to a humiliating and painfully public sexting incident, Dylan has become the social pariah at her suburban Chicago high school.  She’s ignored by everyone – when she’s not being taunted – and estranged from her two best friends.

So when Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschool fundamentalist Christian girls, she’s immediately drawn into their fascinating world of hope chests, chaperoned courtships, and wifely submission.  Blogging as Faith, her devout and wholesome alter ego, Dylan befriends Abigail, the online group’s queen bee.  After staying with Abigail and her family for a few days, Dylan begins to grow closer to Abigail (and her intriguingly complicated older brother).  Soon, Dylan is forced to choose: keep living a lie…or come clean and face the consequences.

Faking Faith

Critical Acclaim For Faking Faith

A Junior Library Guild Selection

The extraordinary set of events…are at once outlandish and absolutely believable, thanks to Bloss’s compelling, down-to-earth prose. Rather than promoting or demonizing any lifestyle, the novel illustrates how profoundly teenagers who seem to have nothing in common can connect and support each other, even as they choose very different paths.

Publishers Weekly

The evenhandedness with which Bloss paints the family’s life of total acceptance and belief in God’s will as witnessed through an earthly father’s dominance is thought-provoking and fair.


More than anything, the unique look at homeschooled Christian girls, focused on becoming wives and mothers, is compelling enough to carry the story. Dylan and Abigail are two very different young women, but they forge a bond as they reveal pieces of their true selves.


Torn between wanting to live a more simple life and wanting to reveal who she really is, Faith finds that faking it is harder than she thought.

Kirkus Reviews