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, Religion, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Lgbt, Novels, Humor, Glbt, Queer

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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Adrienne Young
    An absolutely hilarious and honest look at faith and identity. Loved this book!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Miriam Joy
    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected, and I particularly loved the character of Lucy, who was at the heart of why I liked it so much. From the blurb, I knew there were several ways this book could go, and some of them wouldn't have been enjoyable to read. Though I'll be the first to admit my faith is shaky if not non-existent these days, I grew up in the church, and I was worried it was going to be a disrespectful approach to religion, ...
  • 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...
  • Heather Hughes
    I received an e-galley from HarperTeen on Edelweiss in exchange for this honest review.I'm so glad that Emma (emmmabooks) continuously tweeted and talked about this book because it finally pushed me to pick it up and check it out! Needless to say, this book really hooked me with its humor and charm.Michael is forced to move (again), thanks to his father's job. He ends up being sent to a Catholic school, which isn't that great since he doesn't rea...
  • Jen Ryland
    An atheist at a Catholic school falls in with a group of kids who want to undermine the school's authority -- and also falls in love with a devout Catholic girl.I love books with religious themes and loved that this tackled issues like whether teachers at a religious school can and should be held to the religion's rules in their private lives. Or how to judge religious beliefs that don't seem politically correct in today's world. Not easy issues!...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 3.5 StarsMichael was not happy that his father up and moved his family yet again, and to make matters worse, he was making him attend a Catholic school. Michael had already written the place off before he even walked through the door, but then he met Lucy, and she introduced him to Heretics Anonymous, and well, things were looking up. We believe in one fundamental truth:That all people, regardless of what they worship, who they love, and ...
  • Mckinlay
    *I received a DRC from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.*I know this book is being compared to the movie Saved, and yes, i guess the vibe is similar, and i do think if you like that movie, you'll like this. but it's also so much more! Even though this book is told through the eyes of an atheist at a Catholic school, i thought it was incredibly respectful of the religion, and also what it's like to believe a religion is ...
  • Just Reading Everything
    In this YA contemporary pitched The Breakfast Club meets Saved!, Michael, an atheist, finds himself enrolled at a Catholic school by his parents after spending much of his life being shuffled around from city to city because of his father's job. There Micheal unexpectedly finds friendship in Lucy. Although she finds comfort in her religion, she invites him to join Heretics Anonymous: a group of outcast students who accept each other as they are a...
  • Abby Rauscher
    shout-out to Mabel for making me read this because it was funny and charming and thoughtful and i loved it