This week we are featuring Denise Jaden for the release of her second book, Never Enough. To kick it off I have a review of Losing Faith. Tomorrow you can see Vy's review of Never Enough and the following day we have an interview with Denise Jaden.
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
Paperback, 400 pages.
Released Sept. 7th, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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.
This review was first posted at Candace's Book Blog.
This book felt authentic to me, right. I know that some felt like Brie's grief wasn't real. That she should have been more devastated. But I think the way she dealt with it all was pretty real and we don't all deal with grief the same way. She was incredibly strong through everything, while her family was drowning in sorrow and her friends turn against her. I loved that she was strong enough to recognize everything that was going on though. That her parents needed some time, but yet she didn't really make too many excuses for them. She felt like they needed to deal with it and find a way to move on.
When her friendship and relationships turned to crap she was smart enough to know that she deserved better. That they weren't good friends, or boyfriend and that she could have better. I loved that she didn't grovel just so she wasn't an outcast.
The mysteriousness of the death of her sister was pulled off phenomenally. I was constantly guessing why so and so was so mysterious. Why so and so ran away, or wouldn't talk to her. Things turned out a little different then I expected, and Brie found some great new friendships and a relationship that are so much better then her old circle.
Over all I thought this was a great read and I definitely recommend it!
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Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or influenced in any way and borrowed this book to read and review.
This review was provided by Candace:
Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.