When I began this series on religion in YA literature, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find. I started with the noble ambition to read as widely as I could in YA literature for every religion, and I managed to do that for Buddhism and Hinduism (at least in part because there were so few choices). Needless to say, I had to reign in those expectations for myself as school got into full swing, and as I delved into Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The bad news is that I didn’t read nearly as many books as I had hoped. The good news is that I now have a TBR list dedicated solely to YA books, both fiction and non-fiction, that feature religion. (If you’d like to view that list of books, click here.)
I am wrapping up this series today with a look at Atheism and Agnosticism, which, as I suspected, are not easy to find in the world of YA literature. While there are tons of books that don’t mention God or faith in any way, there appear to be few that tackle the beliefs of Atheism and Agnosticism head on. In fact, I hesitated to include a few of the books I found because it seemed that they were telling a conversion story, rather than the story of young people who consider themselves to be Atheist or Agnostic. While I understand and appreciate the importance of stories that feature teenage characters searching for faith and finding new beliefs, those aren’t the stories I hoped to include here. Any such qualms about the titles below are included in their descriptions.
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss
Phillip’s father is a hard-core Atheist, but the girl he falls for is active in a Christian church. What’s a “vaguely atheist” boy to do but start going to her youth group? A number of reviews comment on Phillip’s conversion from Agnosticism to Christianity, which made me hesitant to include it in this post. Continue reading The Big Five (+1) in YA: Atheism and Agnosticism