Author: Martha Brockenbrough
Release: June 1st 2012
Buy the Book at: Book Depository / Indigo Chapters
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.
Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly.
Humorous, Deep and Unforgettable
The story is told from dual points of view. Jerome, a soul in rehabilitation, is the main character and his chapters are told in first person. Then, there is Heidi whose chapters are in third person. Jerome is such a hilarious boy. He is in the rehab heavenly program ans has been assigned to be Heidi's guardian angel in order to become a better soul and seek redemption. However, Jerome is, and has always been, a rebel without a cause. He doesn't study and he didn't even read "The Guardian Angel's Handbook" (which appears in between chapters! I love that about this book) so he breaks the rules without even knowing. On the other hand there's Heidi who has been hearing Jerome's voice in her head since she was a toddler and she pretty much think she is going schizo.
There is a lot behind the hilarious dialogues between the characters and I praise the author's skill to write a poignant story with such lighthearted feeling. Devine Intervention, as I previously said, is nothing like the other angel books I have read before.Actually, this book feels like a contemporary novel with an in-between and afterlife twist. In addition, I love the feeling of this novel. It is funny, very enjoyable and the characters are highly captivating. Jerome is specially memorable. I love his recklessness and his bad-boy manners (needlessly to mention the creepy arrow sticking out of his forehead). Yet, he still changes (for good) thanks to the many years he has been around Heidi. Having said that, I think that the subtle and innocent romance that blooms between Jerome and Heidi makes the story even more touching and beautiful.
Humorous and unforgettable, Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough is a beautifully written and meaningful story about life (and after) that will leave readers full of hope and happiness. People seeking for a refreshing, relevant and heavenly read will certainly devour this one!
❤Thank to Scholastic Canada for provide a copy of this book for review❤
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