Losing Faith

For Ages: 14 and up
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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.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416996095 | 
  • September 2010 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

In this lyrical, emotionally intense debut, a teenager encounters more questions than closure while mourning the death of her sister.

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chapter ONE

the statue has got to go.

That’s my first thought as I prep the living room for Dustin’s visit later tonight. I know I’m the only one who would notice the discriminating eyes of Mom’s four-inch Jesus staring down from the mantel. Dustin probably wouldn’t look away from my breasts if the room were two feet deep in holy water. Still, I reach for it.

When my hand fumbles and the statue topples sideways, I pick the thing up and scan the hearth for any other too-holy housewares.

“What are you doing?” My older sister rushes in from the kitchen,... see more
chapter TWO

i slip into the passenger seat of Dustin’s yellow Mustang, lean over, and kiss him on the cheek. He smiles, and slides a sandy-colored lock of hair behind his ear. The dimple on his cheek makes my heart flutter.

“Where to?” he asks, sliding one hand onto my knee. I place my hand on his, stopping him before he reaches the hem of my skirt.

My mind works fast and I remember a barn bash one of Dustin’s friends mentioned. “Evan’s party?” I say.

“I thought we were going to your place.” He inches his hand up my thigh.

I hadn’t... see more

Reading Group Guide

READER/DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR LOSING FAITH Title: Losing Faith Author: Denise Jaden Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: September 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9609-5 This reader guide may be duplicated for classroom, book club discussion group, or related purposes. Author biography: Denise Jaden’s short stories have appeared in various magazines, including The Greensilk Journal and Mississippi Crow Magazine. Losing Faith is her first novel for teens. To find out more about Denise and her writing, or to inquire about author appearances, visit www.denisejaden.com. Discussion Questions: 1. At the beginning of the book, Brie plans to lose her virginity to the wrong guy. If her sister hadn’t inadvertently stopped her, would she have gone through with it? How might her life have been different if she had slept with Dustin? 2. What does Brie gain from her poetry? 3. In one of their talks, Brie tells Alis that Tessa is a good friend. What makes Tessa a good friend? How is she not a good friend? How does Brie’s friendship with Tessa compare or contrast with her friendship with Amy? 4. Brie considers herself a follower in many ways. Discuss what does or does not make her a follower. 5. How did Brie’s spirituality change over the course of the book? How did she remain unchanged? How does Brie’s spirituality compare or contrast with Faith’s? 6. How did Brie’s opinion of her sister change throughout the novel? 7. In what ways are A see more

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Denise Jaden
Q. how did you come to write Losing Faith?

A. I had been itching to write a "sister story" and the idea came to me about a girl really finding her older sister only after she had died. When I started to come up with and share secrets about the deceased sister with my critique partners, I knew I was onto something by their reactions.

I came up with an outline ahead of time and I wrote the actual first draft of LOSING FAITH in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007.

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