Have a Little Faith in Me (Hardcover)
I heard the perfect description of this novel: “Saved!” meets “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
This laugh-out loud book is also a meaningful story of consent, sex ed, honesty and friendship. I wish I had been able to read this when I was a teenager.— Abbe
"Saved!" meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that takes a meaningful look at consent and what it means to give it.
When CeCe’s born-again ex-boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. Problem: She knows nothing about Jesus. But her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, and the plan—God’s or CeCe’s—goes immediately awry when her ex shows up with a new girlfriend, a True Believer at that.
Scrambling to save face, CeCe ropes Paul into faking a relationship. But as deceptions stack up, she questions whether her ex is really the nice guy he seemed. And what about her strange new feelings for Paul—is this love, lust, or an illusion born of heartbreak? To figure it out, she’ll have to confront the reasons she chased her ex to camp in the first place, including the truth about the night she lost her virginity.
About the Author
Sonia Hartl is a YA author who calls Michigan home, even though she’s lived in several different states. When she’s not writing or reading, she's enjoying pub trivia, marathoning Disney movies, or taking a walk outside in the fall. She’s a member of SCBWI and the communications director for Pitch Wars. She has been published in The Writers Post Journal and Boston Literary Magazine. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two daughters. Follow her on Twitter @SoniaHartl1.
"This book reminded me why I fell in love with YA. Have a Little Faith in Me is both hilarious and poignant, with an unforgettable cast of characters led by fierce but vulnerable CeCe. She asks all the questions about relationships and sexuality I kept locked in my mind as a teen, and her desire for answers broke my heart and then filled it up. An immediate favorite." – Rachel Lynn Solomon author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and Our Year of Maybe
"A true celebration of girls—their bravery, their flaws, their hearts, and the sisterhood that binds them. Have A Little Faith in Me is a thoughtful, no-holds-barred look at sex, consent, and the healing power of female friendship." – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To
“[A] romantic comedy that explores feminism and comprehensive sex education against the backdrop of a conservative religious summer camp. First-time author Sonia Hartl tackles all of these topics and more with finesse—always candid, always open-minded and very rarely heavy-handed… Hartl’s debut is a powerful read for teens who are beginning to explore romantic relationships and sexuality.” —BookPage, starred review
“[A] thoughtful story of consent, sexual education, friendship, and honest communication.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Quick-paced, well written friends-to-lovers romance... complete with pranks, hilarious banter, and teenage angst.”—School Library Journal
“Let me count the ways I adored this debut… the book serves as sort of ‘emotional sex ed,’ teaching the important stuff about feelings and consent that even the most thorough class rarely covers.” —Dahlia Adler, B&N Teens blog
“This is a fun, standout story about self-examination, self-discovery, friendship, sex education, consent, and honesty.”—SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox