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About The Book

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, “compulsively readable” (School Library Journal) romantic read that Kirkus Reviews calls a “marvelous debut, moving and suspenseful.”

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?

About The Author

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Jamie Blair lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, their two kids, and a cat that broke into their house and refused to leave. She won a young author’s contest in third grade, but it probably shouldn’t count since her mom wrote most of her entry. Leap of Faith is her first novel. She promises her mom didn’t write one word of it. Visit Jamie at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 3, 2013)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442447158
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"Just a marvelous debut, moving and suspenseful."

– Kirkus, starred review

"This story is riveting, inspirational, and shines a light on how much better life becomes when one decides to follow her heart. Readers will appreciate the power of positive energy that radiates from the pages."

– Susane Colasanti, author of All I Need, So Much Closer, and Keep Holding On

"Well done, Jamie Blair. You've written a unique, compelling page-turner that managed to break my heart and create a beautiful love story in the process."

– Julie Cross, author of Tempest

In an urgent first-person narrative...Blair crafts persuasive characters who have succumbed to bitterness, like Faith’s mother, as well as those who struggle to overcome hardship and tragedy and live with hope. Which path Faith will follow remains open through the novel’s hauntingly ambiguous end.

– Publishers Weekly

Awards and Honors

  • ILA Young Adults' Choices

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