Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Leap of Faith
Abby is expelled from her middle school after she pulls a knife on another student (who just happens to be the son of the principal). Left with limited choices, her parents decide to enroll her in Catholic school. Abby's not very religious. She and her parents don't attend church. Once in her new school, Abby discovers that she loves her drama class and acting in the school plays. Over time, Abby develops faith in God and trust in a friend in order to tell others what happened at her old school and why.

Leap of Faith is one of those novels that you will either like or you'll not finish. For some people, a story where a person's faith in God is the central theme will make them uncomfortable. Others will embrace such a tale. While I'm not a Catholic, I could still relate to Abby's questioning of God and why bad things happen in the world. I liked how the events leading up to her one instance of violence (the knife) wasn't revealed until the end. It let the reader imagine the instance and wonder what could have made her *snap*. It was heartbreaking to read about Abby's relationship with her parents and how they ignored her most of the time. At least, you could see a hope for improvement towards the end of the story. This is a story that won't appeal to everyone, but I think those that enjoy stories of faith and finding one's self will appreciate it. I give it a B.

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