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Monday, February 6, 2012

A Christian Fiction Look at High School

The Silent by Rebecca Kenney
(Christian Young Adult Fiction)

Nikki is in high school but not a typical kid.  She is one of only three students in the school who are openly Christian.  The other students in school separate themselves from her and her friends.  Local polic ask Nikki to be on the look-out for anything suspicious at her high-school.  A series of threatening emails have been sent to teachers and some dead cats left on the school steps.

There are many tests in the book of Nikki's faith:  her parents' constant arguing over religion, the abandonment of her mother, peer pressure, a crush that doesn't reciprocate, friendship troubles.  This book clearly shows that just because you're a Christian doesn't mean your life is rosy and perfect.  The only difference is the way a Christian reacts to situaitons--Nikki prays a lot, reads the Bible, seeks the counsel of others before acting and uses her role as police spy to help out some fellow teens going through a crisis.

It was never very clear to me why Nikki was chosen for this huge responsibility by the police or even if such a thing is legal.  It seems to be so over the edge as to be unrealistic.  I also could not draw any connections to the Christian theme.  One of only 3?  In a small suburuban town?  Typically, everyone in small towns go to chuch--it is usually the blatantly faithless that others watch for.

Overall, not a very realistic look at a typical high school but the parts on school violence are well worth reading and noting.

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