Y God: An Intelligent Discussion on the Relevance of Faith

Danielle D'Souza, Author
Danielle D'Souza. Regal, $19.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8307-6555-3
Reviewed on: 10/29/2012
Release date: 11/01/2012
How does a teenager write a book? With tweets from readers, URLs in place of journal citations, and phrases like "IDK and IDC." In her debut book, high schooler D'Souza (daughter of embattled author Dinesh D'Souza) uses these elements to address 32 questions about Christianity. From free will to whether America is a Christian nation, D'Souza tackles complex issues succinctly and with a fresh, blog-like style. The book lacks a preface, which could have explained why the author chose those particular questions. Further, the source material (e.g., Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers) is questionable, particularly in a book calling for factual answers to life's biggest questions. But what could be more relevant than a high school student explaining creationism versus evolution to other high school kids by using YouTube as a reference? D'Souza might not give older writers a run for their money when it comes to research, but her book will certainly show that young people do care about matters of faith and can address them fearlessly. (Oct. 11)