“An honest portrayal of one girl’s introduction to the Catholic faith. Then again, it takes a healthy dose of faith to accept that she’s a 6th grader.
Abby is expelled from public school after stabbing a boy who had threatened her sexually. Catholic school offers a new start. Abby has no interest in religion, but she’ll do almost anything to get her negligent parents angry. So she joins Catholic initiation classes. And she discovers that even without faith, the classes offer security and comfort.
The author does well to share Abby’s doubts, insecurities, joys and frustrations within the church, her new school, and her new social circles. Abby is a remarkably nuanced character. But that’s the key to this novel’s disconnect: Abby demonstrates much more maturity than can be expected of a preteen. She even uses the word “permeate.” If only Abby were a few years older, this book would make more of a believer out of me. ”