09 September 2013

Review: Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

Published: 3 September 2013 by Simon & Schuster

Pages: 240 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary, Social Issues

Source: Publisher for review


Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read.

Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:

Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her.

Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?

My Thoughts

I'm certainly not the biggest lover of Contemporary Young Adult novels, and that leads to the question about why I even read them then.  Well, it's like looking for a diamond in a mountain of coal - I WANT to find the good ones, the ones that I can love and make me want to read more of the genre. 

I picked up Leap of Faith because it's a YA Contemporary issues book and I was intrigued by the plot - a young girl kidnaps a baby to give her a better life.  Of course there are challenges as Leah/Faith learns how take care of a baby, find a job, a place to live and there's also a romance to go along with it.

I really liked, and admired, Faith as a character.  Her own life has been pretty miserable growing up, and she's determined that baby Addy shouldn't have to go through the same things that she did.  So she does the only thing she can think of - she takes Addy and goes on the run. 

She's also pretty realistic in her expectations of their life - she knows she will need to work hard, that Addy has to come before her own dreams and that bringing up a baby is full of challenges, but she throws herself into it with admirable gusto.

Several of the other characters, however, I had major issues with.  Firstly, her sister - she's moved on from their terrible childhood, and is trying to build a life for herself away from her family, which is completely understandable, but the way that she treats Faith just made my blood boil.  Surely growing up the way that they did, with only each other for love and support (and having their names tattooed on each other), would mean that they constantly looked out for each other but Hope pretty much walks away from Faith when she asks for her help.

The romance also didn't work for me - I liked Chris for the most part, the guitar player with a soft spot for babies, but the insta-love was just way over the top.  The I Love You after a month I could probably have dealt with, but the rest was just way over the top.  Chris also reacts in the most unattractive way to his father wanting to move on with his life - like a spoilt kid, and as someone who has been through a similar thing with my own father I found myself really resenting his attitude.

Leap of Faith had a lot of potential to be a great story, but the characters started to grate on me, the ending was far too quick and unrealistic (I won't say why as it's spoilerish but it's completely ridiculous to me) and there were so many unresolved issues that it felt like a cop out.  

I started off really liking Leap of Faith, and had high hopes it would be one of those diamonds, but it looks like I need to keep searching.


  1. This cover always reminds me of the Jenny Han Summer series covers, I always have to do a double take and read the title before I realize that it isn't one of those books. The concept of this one sounds a little out there for me and I am a huge contemporary fangirl. Too bad the relationship between the sisters was so wishy washy. I hope you have better luck with your next contemp read!

    1. YES! I've been trying to put my finger on it for weeks!

      I will find that next amazing contemp read!

  2. It's too bad that you didn't like this one more than you did. I hate when a book starts on a high note then crashes like the Titanic hitting an iceberg. I think this one is something I'll be avoiding.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. I was really disappointed. Better luck next time!



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