In our school district, right now, there is a battle being fought over a book that the school district has deemed appropriate for middle school children. The book is appalling to put it mildly. At least 2000 parents disagree with the school district and are trying to come up with some safeguards for their children. We all know that we are living in a culture that seems to want children to grow up way too soon, and maybe even in an unhealthy, certainly less than holy way.
Thankfully, there are some creative and faithful people trying to swim against this current! Recently, Josh and I were lucky enough to get a copy of Catholic, Reluctantly by Christian M. Frank from The Catholic Company Reviewer Program. The book focuses on a group of 7 high school kids who are a part of a newly formed Catholic High School. The authors (Christian M. Frank is not one person, but a group of young adults) write a clever, complex, and captivating novel about these young people and their journey of faith. It is not a rose colored, sappy novel, but one that is intriguing and interesting. Each character is developed realistically and sincerely. Josh (13) and I both enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. (It may not be appropriate for all 13 year olds, I suggest parental guidance...as always.)
This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Catholic, Reluctantly.