Thursday, May 13, 2010
Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Abigail was kicked out of middle school for assault. Her parents had two options for her education. Either send her to a private school or home school her. Being busy lawyers homeschooling was not an option for her parents. They enrolled her in St. Catherine's Catholic school.
Abigail feels that her parents do not listen to her, that she doesn't exist. They are both busy with their careers and cannot be bothered by Abigail and her needs. When Abigail was kicked out of her middle school she had tried to tell them the reason but they would not believe her. When they enroll her in Catholic school she decides to take Drama as her elective just to make her parents angry. She also drops the bombshell on them that she is going to "become Catholic" thinking that by doing these things at least she will get some attention from her parents.
Abigail finds that she has a talent for drama. She enjoys acting in the school plays. She is befriended by Chris whose mother becomes Abigail's sponsor for becoming Catholic. Abigail is determined to become Catholic even though she doesn't believe in God or Jesus or forgiveness. This is her effort to get her parents involved in her life.
Throughout Catholic studies, talks with the priest, talks with Chris's mom, Abigail learns what it means to take a leap of faith and to forgive herself and her parents.
This was a quick read. I liked seeing how Abigail was able to get her parents attention and how throughout the book they tried to reach out to their daughter even though they didn't understand her. There are of course lots of references to Catholicism that sometimes become a bit too preachy.