Monday, April 14, 2014

Jen Reviews Leap of Faith by Jaime Blair

Leap of Faith by Jaime Blair

Published: September 2013, Simon & Schuster

Source: Library

Rating: 3 stars


This is the first book in a really, really long time that I read in one sitting (disclosure: I did get up a for a snack and a few times for a bathroom break). I was hooked from the first page.

Faith doesn't have the best family life. Her mom is a drunk, a drug addict, and a sleeps with men for money. Her current scheme is getting paid $10,000 to carry another couple's baby (but they're gross and also drug addicts). Faith doesn't want the baby growing up in the same kind of environment she did, so once the baby is born she kidnaps her.

This was my favorite part of the book, her journey from Ohio to Florida. Faith is sixteen years old and you can tell she has no idea how to take care of a baby (even though she prepared reading books and buying diapers, formula, etc), she has no first hand experience with a newborn. She's petrified every time a police car drives by her, certain she's been caught. Once Faith and baby Addy are in Florida she realizes how difficult things are going to be for her. She tells everyone her name is Leah and that she's a couple years older than she really is. Getting a job is going to be almost impossible, no one to watch the Addy and how will Faith/Leah fill out all of the paperwork without potentially getting caught? Interesting...but it seemed like everything came too easy for her, she caught too many breaks.

Plus, the relationship with Chris moved too fast, it didn't feel realistic to me. Too fast, too serious, too quick. Two teenagers met two months ago and are already bringing up marriage? And the whole thing with Chris's mom and sister seemed out of place.

The ending. One of the most frustrating endings, especially because I don't think there is a sequel planned. When I finish a book I like it to end...not wonder who is on the other side of the door or what the reactions from your fake Florida family are. I felt like the whole book was building up to something and then it faltered at the end.

I enjoyed the overall concept of the just did not live up to my expectations.


  1. Great premise, but it is one of those impossible situations which require a strong, well thought out plot as the likelihood of any 16 year old kidnapping and surviving with a baby are slim to none.

    1. Exactly! The premise is super interesting but the characters aren't strong enough/things happen to fast.

  2. I agree about the plot not being plausible and how easy everything came to Faith. And Chris? While I loved that he was willing to take responsibility for Faith and the baby, I thought it came about too quickly. I was okay with the ending because I just KNEW who was on the other side of that door, but I would have liked to see how it played out.

    1. I guess I was okay with the ending (assuming my guess as to who was behind the door was correct) but like you, I would have liked to see where it went from there.

  3. After reading the synopsis of this book, I added it to my TBR list immediately. After reading your review, I need to seriously reevaluate its place on my TBR. I hate it when a good book is ruined because its execution doesn't match up with its great premise.

    1. The premise is SO interesting. It is a really quick read if you ever did want to give it a try!


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