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....
  • C.G. Drews
    I knew I'd like this book before I even started, so here I AM, saying GOOD BOOK. It's such a call-out to hypocrisy, mixed in with messy and loveable characters and enough weird and gruesome facts about history and saints to make me think fondly of my childhood of reading those Horrible History books. I read so, so many of them. What a throwback.So yes this book is heavily religious! It's set in a Catholic school + Michael is an atheist + there's ...
  • 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...
  • Larry H
    Michael has tried to stay positive. But after his family moves for the fourth time in 10 years—and a month and a half into his junior year of high school, no less—he's starting to lose himself. Especially this time, when his parents have enrolled him at St. Clare's, a prestigious Catholic prep school. Because Michael, you see, is an atheist."I didn't lose my faith or anything. I never had it in the first place. I never believed in any kind of...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I didn’t hate this, but it definitely did not live up to the hype for me. Mega womp ☹ I didn’t hate this, but it definitely did not live up to the hype for me. Mega womp ☹️
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch Every once in a while I listen to a voice that I think is so darn good I have to look up the person. Michael Crouch was terrific AS WAS THIS BOOK!A few words about Michael Crouch first ( he is the narrator for the character named Michael, too, in “Heretics Anonymous”). Michael Crouch -specializes in narration that requires youthful sound - (pre-teens to early 30s) — predominately literary fiction, young ...
  • Amelia
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and very enjoyable.As someone who is studying a Religion minor, this book was very informative. There were things that I haven't learnt yet but they were discussed in here. I do highly recommend you read this
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    3 Stars I really think this book opens some important conversations, but I think under those conversations the plot is really messy and the characters half-hearted. RTC probably Also it feels like this book operates under the notion that “church” and “community” are complete synonyms............. and they’re just not? —————Buddy-read with Ad Rocks Socks(Who is being super kind for putting up with me taking 80 years)
  • 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...
  • Tan Markovic
    I have a lot of feelings about this book.RTC :)
  • Matt Carton
    (Full disclosure, I taught the author for 2-1/2 of her four years in high school. I am mentioned in the acknowledgements. Neither of these factors have determined my rating of this book. It's really really good.)There is so much to enjoy in this book, whether one is a drifted Catholic such as myself or not. Henry writes a novel about community and friendship and, well, what it means to be Catholic (or to subscribe to any faith) in this day and ag...
  • ellie
    this was SO GOOD that I feel like it’s unfair to any other YA books about religion, you know? because it gets it. it reminds you that educating yourself about religion and understanding it is different than actually believing in it. it pushes this message that we are all capable of loving each other, because that’s the core of every religion. we *can* get along. and im, this makes so much sense to me. the entire part where he tells ...
  • Cori Reed
    Yes yes yes! Five stars!I'm an atheist, but I don't look down on religion. This book spoke to my soul! Every person can believe, or not believe, as they wish. As long as you do no harm, carry on!
  • Taylor
    “It's theology. Were you expecting sex, drugs, and rock and roll?""One out of the three would be nice.”...I had heard great things about Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry, and I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. What a delightful, clever book this was!Our main character, Michael, and his family move around a lot because of his dad's job. And in their latest move, Michael is enrolled in a strict catholic high school, St. Clare's, ...
  • 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!...
  • ⚔ 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
  • 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 ...
  • Kassie
    I really enjoyed this book as it’s so different from any other YA novel I’ve yet to read.I resonates so much with Michael’s fury about moving. Although my experience wasn’t the same and didn’t last into my teens, i moved schools every single year up until 4th grade so as a young child I was always the new kid. I was also GATE identified which meant everyone in every new classroom had been with each other for years and i was the only noo...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Binge read this book and it was totally worth it. Yes, I'm giving another contemporary five stars! Who knew? The religious diversity was amazing in this book. It also got me thinking on a few things and on biases I have - it was a great book. Highly recommend. RTC - I promise I will sit down and get my reviews done soon lol
  • 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...
  • Nadia
    ”Just because you put everyone in the same clothes and make them do the same things doesn’t mean they think the same and they shouldn’t have to.” 4 stars TW: slut shaming (challenged), homophobia (challenged), jokes about Christianity/CatholicismRep: atheist MC, Jewish gay side character, Colombian Catholic side character/li, pagan side character, a Unitarian side characterread full review here*full review include favorite quotes and a sp...
  • Cassie Stever
    i loved this book so much that i couldn’t put it down long enough to mark a quote that i loved, because i would write out this entire book because i loved every single thing about it. the friendship in this book was A+. i also loved how everyone questioned things and i love the execution to how those things were brought up. for the most part, they respected each other. they heard each other out and listened to their explanations. i loved the cl...
  • Jessica
    I really enjoyed this book, it was very thought provoking especially on the topics about religion, family, and right and wrong. Also, I loved the main characters voice, he was very witty and made this book easy to fly through.
  • Kiana
    This book just wasn’t for me. I spent most of my time reading this feeling frustrated. I did enjoy the writing though.
  • MyLittleLibrary
    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....
  • Lacey D-Bell
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    One of my favourite stand alones and contemporaries I've read. The main character is so funny and sarcastic! The group of friends has such a wonderful mixture of views and backgrounds. The school and some hypocrisies within it reminded me a lot of my Catholic high school and as an atheist who had to go to catholic school, it was just really cool to see that in a book--especially where the atheist character is just an atheist...they weren't betray...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    I was going to say "holy crap" after I read this, but then I figured that was a bit sacrilegious. This book was so, so good. I related to Michael on a personal level. So many aspects of it closely resembled how I grew up. This is going to be an interesting review to write.