This story about Michael, an atheist, who transfers to a Catholic school had me giggling from page one on. So many inside Catholic jokes- his teacher is Sr. Joseph and he think Sr stands for Sir not sister. Maybe you had to be there. But belly laughs galore as I am also familiar with UU and the joke there is spot on as well.
Anyhow, getting past religion the bigger theme here is how Michael has been moved around for his entire childhood and pretty much hates it. He doesn’t understand why his Dad works so much and why they are always moving. Facing a new school again has him feeling angsty and out of place. To his credit, he makes a sincere effort and makes a good group of friends calling themselves Heretics Anonymous. They meet secretly in the school basement to debate religion and school policies.
Their activism gets out of hand and eventually, an innocent schoolmate is accused of taking part in their actions. The kids all step up and do the right thing. Michael has a “come to Jesus” moment with his Dad and discovers why their family has made these choices. It all wraps up in a happy ending for all involved. There is alcohol, drug use and sex in this one so older YA readers would be my recommendation.
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Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
August 7, 2018 (published here super early as I’m taking July off from reviewing)