Losing Faith

Losing Faith

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

Denise Jaden lives just outside Vancouver, Canada. When she’s not writing, she can often be found homeschooling her son or dancing with her Polynesian dance troupe. Losing Faith was her first novel. Find out more at denisejaden.com or follow her on Twitter at @denisejaden.