Heretics Anonymous

Heretics Anonymous
by Katie Henry
Realistic Fiction
Romance
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Michael’s family has had to move 4 times so far to accommodate his father’s job, and they’re all pretty sick of the upheavals.  Michael’s now attending a fancy private Catholic school called St. Clare’s (although, he’s an atheist), and looking for at least one other fellow outcast to befriend.  He finds several and ends up joining their support group – Heretics Anonymous.  Together they come up with ways to shake up the status quo at St. Clare’s.  For their first stunt, they edit the sex ed movie that’s shown every year to refute every false claim it makes and include factual information about birth control.  They go on to attack the restrictive dress code (one of their members likes to wear cloaks), and when a teacher is fired for her sexuality, they come out with their own underground newspaper so they can write an article in her defense.  In the midst of all of this, Michael finds himself falling for his best friend, who has faith in something he can’t understand.  A charming work of realistic fiction, with quirky, lovable characters that have their own share of issues.

Reviewed by YA Librarian