JP2H 1: Catholic, Reluctantly

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Catholic, Reluctantly. Back cover.

No one wants to be at John Paul 2 High.

George would rather be wrestling at a big high school.

Liz would rather be anywhere else, period.

Brian was homeschooled.

J.P. just wants to have fun.

James seems to hate everyone.

Only Celia seems to like the little Catholic high school.

But when a shooting at the public high school causes beautiful Allie Weaver to join John Paul 2 High the pranks, personality conflicts, and problems with the nearby public high school seem to take on a life of their own...and the sinister shooter is still out there.

READ THE FIRST 4 CHAPTERS FREE of Catholic, Reluctantly - John Paul 2 High Book 1.


Age 14 - Up. 218 pages 5" x 8"

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Catholic, Reluctantly - Book Club Notes.

We use Catholic, Reluctantly in our confirmation classes, and the young people really seem to like it, because it's more than just dry doctrine: it's an engaging story that holds their interest. Based on our teachers' evaluation of classroom use, I would recommend this series. 

Fr. John Medwid
St. Mary's Church
Amsterdam, NY


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  • 5
    Terrific Read

    Posted by Bri on 30th May 2016

    Very good book. The mystery and intrigue leaves the reader trying to solve a crime. This is a wonderful introduction and/or reminder that faiths include many different kinds of people. These many different people express and experience faith differently. This book is so well done in speaking to teens. It sincerely is written in "their language". It is a wonderful way for teens to experience our Catholic doctrine. Teens are judgmental and this book begins to show the difficulties and loneliness in judgments. Adults are not portrayed as perfect and teens struggle with it at times. I recommend this book for teens and believe the content and subject matter might be a little "too old" for tweens.

  • 5
    Compelling Catholic Literature

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2014

    Gripping from the start, Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book 1 is a fantastic read! It's is hard to find quality fiction for young adults that is not only intriguing but has realistic characters of integrity. The students at JP2HS are true to life--going through the challenges that our Catholic teenagers experience today, they demonstrate the human foibles and triumphs of living the faith authentically. As a parent and educator, it was greatly satisfying after recommending my teenage daughter just read the first page, she devoured it!

  • 5
    This is an amazing book that is well worth your money. Very Catholic, and well writing with tons of excitement and suspense.

    Posted by Monica Yates on 17th Jan 2014

    This is a very wonderful, exciting, and completely Catholic book that will keep you interested from cover to cover. It deals with modern problems teens face and creates characters that you wish were real, and your own friends!! This book is extremely exciting and can be read over and over again with out every getting boring!