It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed so much while reading a book. This story has so many hysterical parts! I absolutely loved it!
The Grace Crasher opens with Julia and her best friend Robin in a Christian store, shopping for things that can help Julia look like she’s evangelical. She desperately wants to get an apartment but the landlady is a born-again Christian.
At one point, Julia tries on a shirt and turns her backside to Robin.
“Does this Jesus shirt make my butt look big?”
“Not big, just …trapezoidal.”
Then they move to the Bibles. Julia grabs the plain one that simply said Holy Bible because it seemed like the most Bible-ish one.
We soon learn more about Julia, her family, and her interests. She has a crush on Dylan Heath, the lead singer of a local indie band, but when she sees cute Mark, the store’s manager, she decides it’s a good idea to have a backup crush.
I must admit: it was Carolyn Astfalk’s review of The Grace Crasher that compelled me to get a copy for myself. Her book reviews are thorough and reliable, and I think we have similar tastes.
I cracked this book open (actually I read an ebook, so that phrase doesn’t really work) expecting to find a light, humorous, enjoyable story that I could read a little at a time before bed, and I was not disappointed. Author Mara Faro pokes fun at both Evangelical and Catholic Christians, but not in a mean way. It was all gut-busting fun! But as the story developed I also found surprising depth of character and story-line. The main character faces trials many can identify with and goes through a beautiful transformation.
Well-developed and realistic characters, along with the continuous humor, and the deeper spiritual insights made this a fantastic story that I highly recommend.
“A great take on infatuation vs. love, speaking the truth in love, and being true to yourself.” ~
“Julia’s path is a relatable one, and in her flaws and the flaws of the characters around her, we see ourselves and our own brokenness with delightful clarity.” ~
“Loved it! Fun, inspiring, quirky,…I had lots of laughs reading this!” ~Amazon review
“Funny, insightful, and brilliant!” ~Vera A. Velk
“A hilarious, poignant story that sets the broken love among families, friends, lovers, and fellow believers against the backdrop of God’s unfailing, patient, perfect love.” ~
You can learn more about the author Mara Faro at her website.
You can get the book on Amazon in both paperback or ebook format.