by Martha Brockenbrough
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.
This is not that story.
Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.
Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.
When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.
The Good Stuff
- The perfect book for reading after something dark and depressing
- The dialogue is laugh out loud funny
- Unique premise on the angel genre
- An Angel book that I enjoyed - seriously didn't think that could happen
- Couldn't put it down I was having so much fun reading it
- Fabulous beginning - knew I was going to like this from page one
- The cover is delightful
- Some beautiful and true observations on how to live life & about real courage
- Parents weren't total losers (must always give extra dewey's when adult characters aren't useless jerks)
- Perfect ending
- Guys this is just a really sweet, snarky and fun book - go buy (or support your local library & if you are in Calgary tell them I am awesome and need a job)
The Not So Good Stuff
- Cat is tortured (come on I didn't have to know the details - in author's defense it wasn't overly descriptive, but still sickened me)
- Jeremy was a little too dumb for me at times, just wanted to smack him (that being said he was quite a realistic character)
"But you're not here because you care about costs! Let us not mince words! You're here because:
1. You are dead;
2, You were a troublemaker in your earthly form: and
3. Your only alternative is an eternity spent in the nine layers of hell."
"The video cut to a part that showed how in the olden days, every angel watched over a human, but then the population got out of hand, and angels started demanding the right to enjoy their deaths without having to do stuff. Pretty soon, the rehab angels were the only guardians left, and there was only enough of us for one in ten people o so to have one."
"A Cam. Howard would have been rich if he'd stayed alive. That had to burn. Before we died, computer geniuses were the dorks who dreamed of inventing robot girlfriends because the real thing wouldn't go near them for a million years. Over the next few years, those guys became zillionaires with hot chicks in their basements. Live ones. Who didn't charge."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Not for those looking for something dark and angsty
- Other than that enjoyable for both young and old YA readers
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review