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George Peterson would rather wrestle at a big high school, but he has to go to a new school run by Catholic parents: John Paul 2 High.


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George Peterson would rather wrestle at a big high school, but he has to go to a new school run by Catholic parents: John Paul 2 High.

30 review for Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High School - Book 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult novel, although I'm not sure if it's the quality of the writing so much as the subject's relevance to my life right now. As the mother of two high school teenagers I'm constantly in search of books to offer my daughters, especially now that summer has arrived. Catholic, Reluctantly is about the first year at the new and still-struggling (in more ways than one) John Paul II High School. The school is very small, only eight students, but they come from very di I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult novel, although I'm not sure if it's the quality of the writing so much as the subject's relevance to my life right now. As the mother of two high school teenagers I'm constantly in search of books to offer my daughters, especially now that summer has arrived. Catholic, Reluctantly is about the first year at the new and still-struggling (in more ways than one) John Paul II High School. The school is very small, only eight students, but they come from very different backgrounds to begin a new school. Teens today want to read about other teens today; well that's what my daughters tell me anyway. So far, of all the books I've offered them this summer, this is the only one they've finished, so I guess it holds true. My younger daughter described the book as "a little preachy" but she did read it in a day. And when I started asking what she thought about how the book ended, she became very vehement about the lack of resolution. In fact, Catholic, Reluctantly does end like a soap opera episode with plenty of dangling plot strands for sequels--which can be a plus or minus, depending on how you look at it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regina Doman

    Full disclosure: I edited this book as head of the John Paul 2 High team, or, as I prefer to call myself, the Series Queen. What can I say? This has been, hands down, the most exciting writing project I've been involved in to date. A team of young writers, editors, and consultants (including Father Christopher Pollard, attache to the Vatican at the UN) came together to create this series for Catholic teens. Mostly because we were all former Catholic teenagers who grew up never having any books fe Full disclosure: I edited this book as head of the John Paul 2 High team, or, as I prefer to call myself, the Series Queen. What can I say? This has been, hands down, the most exciting writing project I've been involved in to date. A team of young writers, editors, and consultants (including Father Christopher Pollard, attache to the Vatican at the UN) came together to create this series for Catholic teens. Mostly because we were all former Catholic teenagers who grew up never having any books featuring Catholic kids we could really relate to, and we wanted to change that for Catholic teens growing up today. Sophia Institute Press agreed to publish this unusual joint venture, and for the past few years we John Paul 2 High team members been having crazy late-night meetings at my house, where we discuss, argue, and carefully plot out the books, then take turns writing them under the name Christian M. Frank. We write several books at once so that we can get them into print more quickly. It's actually not a new idea: the Nancy Drew mysteries were written the same way. (In case you're wondering where Christian M. Frank came from: the author's name is an amalagamation of our chief alma maters: most of the original team graduated from either Christendom College or Franciscan University. The M stands for Our Lady, of course, whose prayers and guidance we always seek.) Okay, so... Book One. John Paul 2 High is a tiny Catholic school stuck in a disused public grade school in a neck of woods between a massive public high school, Sparrow Hills, and a convenience store. The school gets up and running with only seven kids its first year. The most mysterious student... okay, one of the most mysterious students is Allie Weaver. Beautiful and barely Catholic, she's highly intriguing to sophomore George Peterson, who left Catholic school wrestling to attend this new school. While Allie struggles to understand the hyper-Catholic atmosphere of her new school, George becomes embroiled in a conflict with her boyfriend and the public school wrestling team. Catholicism, annulments, moral issues, poltergeists, hazing, and holy saints all weave in and out of this first installment of the story of John Paul 2 High. We're out the gate and the saga has begun. Hope you enjoy it! When you read it, feel free to leave feedback and questions at www.johnpaul2high.blogspot.com.

  3. 4 out of 5

    emma grace

    I give this a 3.5. It was a good book; really sad though to read about all the horrible things that go on at high schools. Makes you glad to be homeschooled... :) I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    amazing story! very interesting and captivating. two thumbs up :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    great book

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Highly recommended. A fast read that is worth your time. My full review is at my blog (click here). Highly recommended. A fast read that is worth your time. My full review is at my blog (click here).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    There is a lot to like in Catholic, Reluctantly, however it is missing enough dramatic weight to make it memorable. This book, published by Chesterton Press, is the first in a series of young adult Catholic novels that revolves around the students and parents involved in creating the John Paul II High School. The students include: - Allie, a cafeteria Catholic who previously attended a public school until she was involved in a gun scare. - George, a top wrestler who has a crush on Allie. - Cecelia, There is a lot to like in Catholic, Reluctantly, however it is missing enough dramatic weight to make it memorable. This book, published by Chesterton Press, is the first in a series of young adult Catholic novels that revolves around the students and parents involved in creating the John Paul II High School. The students include: - Allie, a cafeteria Catholic who previously attended a public school until she was involved in a gun scare. - George, a top wrestler who has a crush on Allie. - Cecelia, who is incessantly bright and chipper. - J.P., a troublemaker. - Brian, the smallest student with the strongest moral compass. - Liz, who helps out. - James, a self-righteous loner. The book starts off on the first day of school, as all of the kids struggle to fit in and feel welcome. George and Allie feel the most isolated, as they are the only ones who’s parents aren’t also the teachers. George, friends with most of his classmates, has given up a promising high school wrestling career to be there and Allie is only attending because her parents are afraid to let her stay in the nearby public school. The bulk of the book has the teens dealing with each other, J.P.’s pranks, and the schools tenuous existence. Eventually they get involved in events at the competing public school where they are challenged with promoting the faith, pornography, bullying and bias. The numerous small challenges the teens face are great examples of using your faith to make good moral decisions and/or stand up for what is right, no matter what the consequence. Plus, the different scholastic lessons and social events are positive examples as well. As a parent who home schooled his two children, I know how realistic these characters are and how challenging being a moral teen in a fallen world can be. The biggest problem with this book, and it is a problem, is that nothing major happens. There are hints of future big events, like how the school property resides on valuable land, or the creepy, unknown student involved in the gun scare that may be planning something greater. But, there are no big payoffs in this first installment. I think the issue here is that the author (or authors, as a group of writers are working together to pen the series) treated this first book as one in the installment instead of a stand-alone book. That’s a serious flaw. If this were a stand-alone book, with nothing coming afterwards, then this story would have been told very differently. The creepy gun guy storyline would have been the focus and the consequences would have been substantially higher. It would have resonated with you long after you put the book down. In future books in the series I hope the authors realize they need to make each individual book as powerful as possible, which will make the entire series powerful, instead of making a series of books that, only combined, become powerful. As it stands, Catholic, Reluctantly is a quick and easy read, but not very memorable. Hopefully future books in this series will create greater dramatic tension and consequence.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna Elizabeth

    George would rather be wrestling at St. Lucy's. But the Costains, a family that he and his mom are very good friends with, has started this new Catholic school...and they need some students. Besides Seal (a.k.a. Celia), there's J.P. and Liz (who are buddies one day and enemies the next), this creep James....and the new girl, Allie. But what is a beautiful, actually normal, girl like her doing here? Allie Weaver is a normal teenager attending a normal school called Sparrow High. But things get abn George would rather be wrestling at St. Lucy's. But the Costains, a family that he and his mom are very good friends with, has started this new Catholic school...and they need some students. Besides Seal (a.k.a. Celia), there's J.P. and Liz (who are buddies one day and enemies the next), this creep James....and the new girl, Allie. But what is a beautiful, actually normal, girl like her doing here? Allie Weaver is a normal teenager attending a normal school called Sparrow High. But things get abnormal when a shooter begins making himself known and Allie's mom decides to move her to a new school. The problem is - this new school is a Catholic school that is tiny (besides her, there are only five other students in the entire school) and rundown. She is Catholic herself, but she doesn't practice her Faith. So all this Catholic stuff is new and weird to her. Welcome to John Paul 2 High? And the shooter is still out there... I LOVED this book. My dad and I make sure that I read appropriate books, so that means staying away from the teen section in the bookstore of the library, which mainly consists of dumb (and inappropriate) romance books. So when I saw that this was a Catholic teen book - I was excited to start reading it. And this book was even better than I expected. I am more into fantasy than other genres, but this is now one of my favourite books. The first element that made this book so good was that it was Catholic. When there is so much trash in bookstores nowadays, this book was a gem. But the nice thing is that it wasn't too Catholic, if you know what I mean. A person, who is really into their Catholic faith (like me) can like this book and find it a nice change from most books nowadays, but a person, who doesn't know much about their faith can still enjoy this book (and perhaps learn some new things, too ;P). The second thing that made this book really enjoyable is that it had a good combination of different things. The plot was interesting and intriguing. It had some elements of romance, but just a little and that is very good. I like books with hints of romance because I find it a lot more effective with little hints leading up to a conclusion rather than a whole lot throughout the whole book (which is usually inappropriate, as it is). The character of J.P. added humour, as well, to this book. I definitely recommend checking this book out. If you're still unsure whether you are interested in this book or not, http://www.johnpaul2high.com/ has a chapter preview for each book in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A great story of 7 Catholic highschool kids of all different sorts: George, a Catholic school boy who wants nothing more than to be on a wrestling team, Allie, a public school girl who's barely Catholic and wants nothing more than to leave John Paul 2 High, Celia, the sweet, super-duper Catholic daughter of the school principal, JP, the mischevious troublemaker who likes nothing more than playing pranks, Liz, the disinterested tomboy who doesn't want to go to school anywhere, Brian, the shy, ner A great story of 7 Catholic highschool kids of all different sorts: George, a Catholic school boy who wants nothing more than to be on a wrestling team, Allie, a public school girl who's barely Catholic and wants nothing more than to leave John Paul 2 High, Celia, the sweet, super-duper Catholic daughter of the school principal, JP, the mischevious troublemaker who likes nothing more than playing pranks, Liz, the disinterested tomboy who doesn't want to go to school anywhere, Brian, the shy, nerdy homeschooled kid who doesn't seem to fit in anywhere but crazy John Paul 2 High, and James - no one really knows exactly who he is, only that he likes to make people feel stupid and has a creepy fascination with Allie, much to George's discomfort. And so the story of John Paul 2 High begins....

  10. 5 out of 5

    April

    Good serious, fast paced read, for 14+

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslea Wahl

    What a fantastic book! I’m so glad I stumbled across it. Not only is the story extremely engaging but the concept behind the book is equally intriguing - this series of books was written by a collaboration of authors. The story is about a group of students at John Paul 2 Catholic High School. This is a new school. In fact, there are only 7 students. All the students had a unique voice and personality and the authors did a great job incorporating the characters and their different backgrounds, to What a fantastic book! I’m so glad I stumbled across it. Not only is the story extremely engaging but the concept behind the book is equally intriguing - this series of books was written by a collaboration of authors. The story is about a group of students at John Paul 2 Catholic High School. This is a new school. In fact, there are only 7 students. All the students had a unique voice and personality and the authors did a great job incorporating the characters and their different backgrounds, together. I also liked how the distinctions between the public school, the large Catholic school, this tiny new school, and the homeschool community were dealt with. And, being a fan of mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the mysteries that were woven throughout the story. But, the best part of this book is the message of how hard it is to stand up for and live your faith in our society amid peer-pressure. This is a problem that is very relevant for all teens. I only had one small frustration. This book is a little older and I wish it would be updated. The Instant Messaging parts date the book and I think a new cover would appeal to more readers. This is a great book and I’d love if more teens found this gem.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    Do you like action, mystery, terrorizing, religious, or funny romance books? If so, you’ll love these books. I love this series because it' bible thump in'. I think that the John Paul 2 High book series is a five star series because it has a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, religion, and action. Of course, there should be a couple laughs. I find myself wondering what will happen next and acting like I'm in the story. If you have questions about the christian's faith, of course you can Do you like action, mystery, terrorizing, religious, or funny romance books? If so, you’ll love these books. I love this series because it' bible thump in'. I think that the John Paul 2 High book series is a five star series because it has a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, religion, and action. Of course, there should be a couple laughs. I find myself wondering what will happen next and acting like I'm in the story. If you have questions about the christian's faith, of course you can ask me, or you can read the books and you can see many differences between catholic faith and the christian faith. You will notice that every character is different, which makes the entire story. If you read this awesome series, I hope you love the books and story. And I know you will. Sage C.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Christian M. Frank team did a great job creating a vast cast of characters with their own personalities (my favorites are Celia and Brian. Just saying), with adding a suspenseful storyline that intrigued me, a cute romance budding between two characters (and an annoying boyfriend for one of the characters, but I digress), and with the Catholic Christian lesson of following Jesus in times of life or death situations. The only thing that bothers me is that Allie is a little mean, but if you rea The Christian M. Frank team did a great job creating a vast cast of characters with their own personalities (my favorites are Celia and Brian. Just saying), with adding a suspenseful storyline that intrigued me, a cute romance budding between two characters (and an annoying boyfriend for one of the characters, but I digress), and with the Catholic Christian lesson of following Jesus in times of life or death situations. The only thing that bothers me is that Allie is a little mean, but if you read my review of John Paul 2 High Book 4: Undercover Papist, you'll see that you should still read it regardless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Martina Dewey

    Decent Decent the " catholic" element could have been left out it didn't really add any depth to the story. it almost confused the story. I enjoyed the characters though so I will finish the series. Decent Decent the " catholic" element could have been left out it didn't really add any depth to the story. it almost confused the story. I enjoyed the characters though so I will finish the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    This is a really interesting book for young Catholic girls. It was quite approachable and neither preachy nor irreverent, as seems to be a prevailing issue in books like these. I definitely recommend for a thought-provoking look at Catholicism in the real world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

    Waste of time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Wiseman

    You know what? When a YA novel references "Christ the King: Lord of History," that novel is getting an extra star from me! You know what? When a YA novel references "Christ the King: Lord of History," that novel is getting an extra star from me!

  19. 4 out of 5

    TheHangryBookDragon

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kate

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Wunderlich

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin Neubrik

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sabby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kateri Brown

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Grace Mathis

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