Author: Denise Jaden
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
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.
Brie and Faith were always different from each other. Though they're sisters, they never shared much other than the blood running through their veins. Brie was always prettier, louder, more in the spotlight, and she shied away from her faith, very unlike her older sister, Faith, who reveled in it. But one night Faith falls off a cliff, and Brie is left with nothing but emotionally unavailable parents and more than a handful of questions. And as she tries to piece together the events of the night of her sister's death, Brie begins to wonder if there was more to Faith than her sister let on.
A hard-hitting debut about the loss of a sibling, Losing Faith touches on a variety of topics, such as religion, betrayal, and death, in ways that are both relatable and original and innovative. Jaden does an impressive job of taking topics which are ever-present in YA contemporary novels such as friendship, family, and love, and melding with them more controversial topics like religion, which plays a very influential role in Faith's life. It's presented in a way that's intriguing and fresh, and it'll make readers pause and contemplate the boundaries of faith, and whether or not there is such a thing as too much when it comes to religion.
Brie is a humorous character with a strong voice. She's got fears and demons of her own, especially after her sister dies, but she faces them with a quirky, entertaining perspective, which is deightful. She remains level-headed despite all that happens to her and her family, and to add to that her own personal problems, which is pleasing and makes her likable, as opposed to her being whiney and helpless. Tessa is another shining character in the novel. She's the resident highschool bad girl with whom Brie fosters a friendship. She comes off brutish and tough, but as her bond with Brie strengthens, readers get to know more about her and understand just why she turned out to be the way she is. She's a likable character that undergoes remarkable character development through the story, and she was probably my favorite in the cast of the novel.
A noteworthy debut with a well-plotted story and a mystery that'll keep pages turning, Losing Faith proves that author Jaden is one to watch out for. She skillfully crafts her debut into something that fans of contemporary YA fiction are sure to enjoy. Losing Faith was a novel that I really enjoyed, and I strongly suggest you pick yourself up a copy if you haven't already. It's emotional, but it's an easy enough read that features a great plot and set of characters, and it really won't disappoint.