Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous

Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.But Lucy introduces Michael...

Details Heretics Anonymous

TitleHeretics Anonymous
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Heretics Anonymous

  • Emma Giordano
    Heretics Anonymous6/5 Stars. Heretics Anonymous is a fascinating and humorous examination of faith and tolerance. This novel has quickly become an all-time favorite of mine. Check out my non-spoiler video review!: slut shaming, homophobia (both challenged in text), various jokes about religionThe humor in this book is UNREAL. I was crying of laughter almost from the first page. I feel that young adult books have been re...
  • Emily May
    It’s first period and only one person definitely wants me dead. Things are going better than expected. Heretics Anonymous is one of the few (actually the only one I can recall) YA books that talks specifically about a lack of religion. The protagonist - Michael - is an atheist who is forced to attend a Catholic high school and he, along with some new friends, attempts an amusing challenge of religious hypocrisy and inadequate sex education (rea...
  • Lola
    3.5 stars.One of my favourite things is reading about experiences I’m not familiar with so I can participate in them vicariously through the characters. For example, I never attended a Catholic private school. And even if my middle school had a ‘‘Religion’’ class, I was placed in the ‘‘Moral’’ one with the other students who weren’t Catholic. I liked it. We talked about what it means to have morals and be a decent human being....
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    First of all, I’ll preface this review by saying I think that I get to look at this one from a pretty unique angle. I was raised in an extremely religious and strict Christian household, and though it wasn’t Catholicism, there was SO MUCH in this book that I could relate to 100% from my childhood. On the other hand, I don’t follow an organized religion at all now (if anything, I’d say I’m somewhere along the lines of pagan and pantheist...
  • Tatiana
    3.5 stars A very rare YA novel that dares to talk about religion. It challenges Catholic dogma, while being understanding and respectful of faith in general - not a small fit.I found the YA part much less compelling, the main characters felt like carriers of traits rather than full personalities, especially the narrator - a 16-year boy of a very bland, self-insert kind who eventually is involved in an equally bland romance, although with a signif...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*Story time! I loved high school. Like, a lot. Which is probably not the typical reaction, but there it is. Also, fun fact: I went to a Catholic high school. I, personally, am not nor ever was Catholic. It was... an experience. The main character in Heretics Anonymous is also not Catholic in a Catholic school, though I feel confident ...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    ~I received an eARC~I cannot think of another book that I have associated with as much as Heretics Anonymous. The cast is so wonderfully diverse--and made a particular effort to give representation and/or mention to every group I can think of when it comes to religion and spirituality.The comedy! I laughed out loud at least once a page. Michael has absolutely identical level and style of sarcasm. As someone who was an atheist and went to Catholic...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Probably 4.5 starsRTC____Will someone please give this humble atheist an ARC of this book where the word atheist is actually mentioned on page instead of glossed over just like in every YA book
  • Adrienne Young
    An absolutely hilarious and honest look at faith and identity. Loved this book!
  • Lacey D-Bell
  • Zoë ☆
    I really liked this book! The story was so much fun to listen to, and really interesting too. I felt like I could relate a lot to the main character in some parts.
  • Shobha Nagarathanam
    Such a cute and quirky book addressing questions about God and faith with undertones of free will and egalitarianism. Such a good read. 😍P.S. Please make this into a movie! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
  • Jenni Frencham
    Michael, an atheist, has been sent to a private Catholic school. His dad keeps getting promoted within his company, which has sent Michael and his family traveling across the country, and Michael has been promised that this is the last move. Michael ends up making friends with other "heretics" at his school: people who, for various reasons, do not fit the mold of a Catholic school student. They meet together as a sort of unofficial support group,...
  • Christy
    3.5 Stars What happens when you throw an atheist in a catholic school?Michael, having been moved around to several schools due to his dads job is not happy with the latest school he ended up in. You see, Michael is an atheist and his latest school? It’s a catholic school. If you think that means there’s all kinds of crazy that goes down, you’d be right. My favorite aspect of this book was the rebellious group, Heretics Anonymous. I loved th...
  • Dana Mele
    This book was absolutely delightful- at turns hilarious, poignant, and heartfelt. The characters are so distinct and lovable and sharp witted and strange, and the dialogue is cut with a razor edge. Start getting excited for Heretics Anonymous now. It’s a refreshingly comedic coming of age story of faith, (and what it means to believe in something other than God), family, friendship, and first love.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsThis is a case of "it's not you; it's me."Because as well-written and awesome this book was, I didn't completely click with it and fall into deep, passionate, bookish love with it.It was good though--well written, relatable, interesting, and sprinkled with comedy and coming of age through the pages. Katie Henry is definitely a great writer and I'll be keeping an eye on her future works after this.I just feel like I didn't completely click ...
  • Lauren’sLittleLibrary
    4.5/5 starsOk so I read this book in four hours straight.....from like midnight to four in the morning....yes, I am a little bit crazy lol. This novel was one of my most anticipated YA contemporary novels of the year and I was so excited when I finally got my hands on this book. It was a really really good book. However, seeing that it was something I was super excited for for months I had very high expectations and this novel didn’t meet them....
  • Jennie Shaw
    I began reading Heretics Anonymous early last Saturday morning, and proceeded to laugh so hard that I had to move outside in order to not wake up my husband. Michael's voice, friends. IT IS PHENOMENAL! Forget leaping of the page, this voice tap-dances off the page, does a somersault and finishes with jazz hands. Writing a somewhat snarky POV without being actually snarky is a feat. I'm also Roman Catholic, so Michael's perspective on the religion...
  • Janani
    I had quite a fun reading it!
  • Meera Nair
    Ratings - 3.5 out of 5 stars Just when Michael thought that they were done with the whole packing up and leaving, his parents announce otherwise. Now, he has to attend St. Clare's Catholic School, which isn't exactly the best place to be for an atheist like him. His presumptions of everyone being uptight and religious are flung out the window, when he gets initiated into a secret club called Heretics Anonymous. Even within the austere boundaries...
  • Kate
    Okay honestly this book and concept is total hypocrisy. This message of this book is teach acceptance but yet tries like many others to discredit the catholic religion. I know others may criticize the church but I have found the Catholic Church to be the most accepting institutions alive. Mercy is one if not the main topic the Catholic Church teaches. People forget all the good the Church has done for humanity. Not only did the first professional...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    First, I have to state that I'm not religious at all.  I heard good things about this book, so I requested it needing something light to read.  It was so much better than I expected it to be!I really liked Michael.  He doesn't believe in God, but his family moved again and they enrolled him into a Catholic school.  I knew right away that Michael would be a stand out character for me.  There were so many times that I laughed out loud.  But I...
  • Derek Milman
    Katie Henry has a biting wit, a sharp sense of humor, and a real big heart. All that comes into play wonderfully, and sensitively, in Heretics Anonymous, a great, forceful debut, and a totally unique coming-of-age story. Atheist Michael--constantly getting moved around, courtesy of his dad's corporate job--finds a whole other set of challenges once he lands at a Catholic School. However, things get even more interesting after he falls in with a g...
  • Brian
    If you were reading Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu and thinking, “Okay, but how would that be different if it were a Catholic school?” then you should read this book. [And I loved Moxie, so I mean that as a highest of compliments]Heretics Anonymous also treats Catholicism specifically and religion generally with a very real touch. There is one character in particular for whom faith is real, God is real, religion is a fundamental part of who she is...
  • Joss
    4.5. Hilarious. Heartwarming. This story really hit close to home. I loved it.
  • Kristy
    I was raised Catholic and lost my faith as a teenager. Never went back, never plan to go back. This story of a group of unconventional teens who band together at a Catholic School against injustices and hypocrisies really got me. I was delighted to see an atheist main character who (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) doesn't get converted in the end. His friends also represent a refreshing mix of personalities and beliefs: A gay jewish kid, a celtic re constru...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    • Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - - I didn't lose my faith or anything. I never had it in the first place. I never believed in any kind of God, just like I never believed in werewolves, or ghosts... Being that I am an atheist myself, I had very high hopes for Heretics Anonymous. It did not let me down! This book is centered on respecting other peoples' beliefs, even if you don't believe the same. It's about coexistence. There is...