Friday, 22 November 2019

Heretics Anonymous by: Katie Henry

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: August 7, 2018 by: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 329
Rating: 4/5 stars

After his dad switches jobs, Michael is sent to the strict Catholic school St. Clare's. There's only problem though, and that is that Michael is an atheist. He is determined that Catholic school will not change his mind. When be befriends Lucy, a loyal Catholic determined to make progressive changes to the church, he is whisked into the world of Heretic's Anonymous. This secret society plays host to a number of kids who want to live their lives truthfully, despite what their school may tell them. But, when Michael starts a mission that threatens to reveal the society to the school, he must grapple with his the new relationships he has formed, and his faith.

I have seen this book around many bookstores, and finally decided to pick it up. I am an agnostic who has struggled with faith and spirituality all my life. I also went to strict Catholic school, so I thought there would be an element of relatability to this book. I was definitely right.

This book was very funny. I am a sucker for using humour to deal with religious themes, and this book does that. There is also a heavy element of morality/ethics to it. Think of it like YA's answer to The Good Place. I happen to love that show, so I found this book to be equally as enjoyable.

This book was very easy to get through. It was light-hearted, and it didn't try too hard. It was funny enough to keep me thoroughly entertained, so I didn't find myself getting bored. It was a very fun read.

I'm not giving this book five stars, simply because it didn't give me a real "wow" factor. Yes, it was enjoyable. Yes, it was funny. But, there wasn't anything truly impactful about it to warrant it five stars. Sometimes books are just light-hearted entertainment, and that's fine.

Have you read Heretics Anonymous? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I'm definitely interested in this one, and I hope to get to it soon-ish, because I've owned it for a long time. I'm sad it didn't have the wow-factor you were looking for, but glad it was still entertaining. :) Great review!

    1. I knew I wanted to read it too, but never was drawn to picking it up in the bookstore! Finally I had a gift card and was like: f*ck it, I’m finally reading it. Glad I did!

  2. I went to a college class with some kids from the local Catholic school... we were always surprised at just how much they hated nuns! <3

    1. Catholic school is publicly funded in Canada, so I didn’t have the traditional, taught by nuns experience. However, my cousins in the states did and the stories they tell me are so baffling.

    2. ...this was a publicly-funded Catholic school. There were some private ones around too, but they didn't tend to come to our li'l local college! :)