Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande.
yes! a fantastic book about and for teenagers that i can actually recommend to teenagers!
a bit like the movie “saved” in some ways, the narrator has just (as the book begins) been excommunicated from her church and youth group for being the whistle-blower over her church and youth group’s campaign against a gay kid in her school. her whistle-blowing, in the form of an apology letter to the boy after his attempted suicide, has resulted in lawsuits against the church and pastor.
in the midst of this lonely ostracism (coupled with a massive silent treatment from her parents), the narrator struggles to redefine her faith. at the same time, she’s getting caught up in a new polarizing campaign against evolution being taught in her biology class.
this would be a wonderful book to read with a group of christian teenagers. all kinds of great discussion could result: loneliness, love, articulated faith, the gospel, evolution and faith. a great read for teenagers and adults who care about them.