Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
The only child of her church’s youth pastor, sixteen-year-old Lacey has always been the good girl and wholeheartedly believed in her church’s brand of faith. As the summer comes to an end, Lacey is looking forward to her junior year of high school and hoping for a starring role in the church’s annual Hell House, a production that graphically shows the horrors of sinning in hopes of bringing people back to Jesus. Yet, when she becomes friends with cute new guy Ty Davis, and a close friend gets in trouble, Lacey begins to see shades of gray in her previously black and white world.
This short novel (273 pages) is told in first person. The changes in Lacey’s faith happen in a realistic manner showing a change from steadfast blind faith to questioning to understanding that she needs to figure it out for herself. Her beliefs don’t change completely from one extreme to another. It isn’t overnight, but rather it is gradual.