Put an atheist in a strict Catholic school? Expect comedy, chaos, and an Inquisition. The Breakfast Club meets Saved! in debut author Katie Henry's hilarious novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their school, one nun at a time. Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Robyn Schneider.
When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, 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 atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn't just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.
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.
Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school's hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But 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.
I really enjoyed this book! From Michael to Lucy, and all their friends, the different ways that who they are breaks the rules of their school. And how they wanted to fight back. I loved meeting these different characters!
It sucks for Michael, that his dad has a focus on his job, on moving up the corporate latter, which means that they've moved a lot. And that he and his dad have a poor relationship. Part of this book is dealing with his struggles with his dad, as well as learning why his dad is the way he is. It was pretty heart-warming!
The idea of a secret society that finds the loopholes in the hypocrisies in the school rules, yeah, it's pretty interesting. Because these rules are pretty strict and feel like they want to crush the individuality out of the students. And felt pretty unfair, so skirting around them felt satisfying.
Sure, some of them were rules a school should have-but being a Catholic school, and a pretty strict one at that (from my limited knowledge from attending a public school) that there should be some relaxing in rules, a middle ground reached. And I think they started to find that by the end, which was really good!
Really enjoyed this book, it was a really fun and easy read!
Author: Katie Henry
Read: October 14th, 2018
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Katharine Tegan Books
Published: August 7th 2018