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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Catholic Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High" Book Review


I have just finished reading "Catholic Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High" by Christian M. Frank (pen name- see below). This is Book #1 in a series for young adult (teen) readers. The book is about Catholic teens and the founding of a new Catholic school called "John Paul 2 High School". The school is set up in a dilapidated building that is in dire need of numerous repairs and more volunteer teachers. There are only seven teens attending the school in the first book of the series and each teen is a distinct individual. This was very refreshing to see in a young adult book. They each had their clear strengths and weaknesses and we get to see them in action through out the book as the characters deal with being teens- especially being Catholic teens that don't always feel like they fit in with secular society. Some of the issues these teens deal with are dating, being valued as a person in God rather than an object, doing the right thing and how to deal with locker room porn and peer pressure. And when you screw up (as we all do on occasion) owning up to it and apologizing and doing what you can to make things right. Great lessons not only for young adults reading the series but people of all ages. If you like to be left hanging at the end of a book waiting on pins and needles for the next book in the series to come out, 'Catholic Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High' will not disappoint you. The suspense to find out "who done it" is really getting me!
I got my copy of this book from:
http://www.catholiccompany.com/
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this young adult book a 9. And I look forward to reading other books in this series and handing it on to my teenage daughter to read.
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.
Add on:
I forgot to mention a bit about the authors of this book. There is no "Christian M. Frank", it's a pen name for a team/group of Catholics who worked together to create this series. The "Christian" comes from some of them attending Christendom College and the "Frank" in honor of those who attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the "M" is in honor of our Holy Mother Mary. I thought that was neat and should be shared.

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