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Content Review: The Masquerade by Sarah Anne Sumpolec

The Masquerade (Becoming Beka Series, Book 1)The Masquerade (Becoming Beka book 1)

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Moody Publishers (July 1, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0802464513

ISBN-13: 978-0802464514


Since her mother’s tragic death, Beka Madison’s “good girl” image has been crumbling around her. She can’t let her family discover she’s not really a Christian, but her ragged emotions threaten to expose her. The Masquerade is an absorbing story of a teenage girl’s struggle with self-discovery and the revelation that truth brings freedom. First book in a new contemporary fiction series aimed at Teenage girls. Especially relevant for teens who say and do all the “right things”, but have not developed a relationship with Christ. The Becoming Beka Series features strong parental figures and real-life situations that teen girls will relate to. The Masquerade presents a Christian worldview on intense, contemporary issues such as grief, suicidal thoughts, foster care, and psychiatric treatment.


Sexual Content:

None, although Beka does develop a crush on a boy







            -Beka has reoccurring dreams about a car accident where her mom is killed and there’s blood everywhere.


Other Notables:

-At the beginning Beka treats her family pretty badly.

-Beka’s friend talks about her biological mother being an alcoholic and that she was taken away by protective services.  Later her mother was found dead from a drug overdose.

-Beka struggles with her faith in God and lies to her parent about it.

-Beka sneaks out and goes to a party where she drinks and ends up with a hangover.

-She sneaks out again and goes to another party and gets so drunk that she passes out, then wakes up and throws up.

-Beka wishes she was dead and thinks about killing herself.  Even counts out pills she thinks about taking.

-Beka’s friend’s mom talks about how she used to drink and party.


Was it any good?

The Masquerade is a great read for anyone who is struggling with his or her faith, contemplating God, or just wants a good faith-based book.  Beka’s struggles with being the good kid, believing in God, and trying to find her place in high school are things that so many teens are dealing with, and Beka was very easy to relate to. 



7 out of 10