As the clock ticks down on Heidi's soul, readers will be rooting for both Jerome and Heidi with all their hearts. A hell raiser when alive and killed by his cousin in eighth grade in an unfortunate archery accident, he has spent his afterlife in Soul Rehab assigned to Heidi in an attempt to win his way into Heaven. Not that he's very committed to the notion; he lost his "Guardian Angel's Handbook" pretty much right away, but he sort of tries. Heidi has more or less enjoyed Jerome's company, though he could sometimes be annoying. When Heidi, having experienced unendurable humiliation in a high-school talent show, ventures onto thin ice and falls through, Jerome does his best to save her soul—as much for her own sake, he's surprised to find, as for his. Brockenbrough devises a devilishly clever narrative, alternating Jerome's first-person account with Heidi's tightly focused third-person perspective.
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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, This is not that story. 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Devine Intervention , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Devine Intervention.
Oct 29, ILoveBooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc. This book is comic relief from cover to cover. There are, of course, plenty of the "more serious" conversations and events in this book, but the author manages to keep the tone light for the most part. I read Devine Intervention after spending three hours in a zoology lab where I was classifying pinecones I know, weird.
I was doing botany in an animal laboratory. Hei This book is comic relief from cover to cover. Heidi is able to hear the voice of her guardian angel. I hate being bored, and while reading this book, I was more than entertained. There are so many twists in this novel that the reader may guess at, but never assume will happen. Devine Intervention could be read and enjoy by any female with a sense of humor.
I give this novel, five stars! Apr 05, Megan rated it it was amazing. Specifically, since the first moment I heard about it. I knew without a doubt that I needed to read this book and that I would love it. See, I have a special place in my heart for afterlife fiction, particularly comedic afterlife fiction, and do you know what?
My instincts did not fail me on this one. I am just going to come out and say it - this is a book that you should go out and buy right now because it is definitely going on my Top of list, I know it now. When an unthinkable accident happens, splitting Heidi's soul from her body, Jerome only has little more than a day to make sure she gets to Heaven, because no matter what, the fact he got her killed means a one way trip to Hell for eternity. This book brought the tears - the happy tears, the sad tears, the tears of laughter that roll down your face in happy globs.
It's a hilarious book about a difficult subject - life and the choices we make in it. It's so imaginative and unique and fun that I fear that I cannot accurately convey how much I adored this book and the characters in it. Bravo, Martha Brockenbrough - your YA debut has made me almost speechless. But not quite, because I have so much to just babble off about this one. The characters are atypical.
Jerome is a black sheep in reform after killing a cat while participating in underage drinking. Heidi is a social outcast with an embarrassing track record behind her. The characters are all fun and fleshed out, from the main ones to the secondary cast to the canines and squirrels and angels. I always found that I connected more with Jerome, which I suppose was the point. This really was Jerome's story as he fought for Heidi, but Heidi was still a girl you just had to root for in her quest to live despite all the hardship in her life.
Oh, and the ending. So climactic, and although I predicted most of it and wondered why that hadn't been step one on Jerome's to do list - although we are told early on that he doesn't really obey or read the rules , one part of the resolution just boggled my mind. Trust me, it's a you have to read it to believe it type deal. There are two villains in this story really - one is time, and the other is creepy and devious and amusing.
I just wish we got to know more about why he was so Let me just mention the romance very quickly. It wasn't the focus of the story, and in fact, it was pretty much left to one page of awkward awesomeness. Can I just say that I love books like this? It was realistic for a YA novel, and for me, that is worthy of special praise! Signed, sealed, delivered, this book had me, from the canine ghostly possession to the pizza rolls to the talent show gone bad.
Jerome and Heidi's story was compelling, fun, sad, and a must read for any fan of contemporary fantasy. Um, yes please! Oh, and the screenwriter is none other than the person who wrote MRS. Nothing short of an epic combination right there. Trust me. You need this book. Go and buy it now and thank me later.
About the choices we make and the things we can do to make up for mistakes, it is a can't miss YA debut. Jul 05, Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing. Heidi has an imaginary friend named Jerome. This wouldn't be unusual except for two things: she's 16 and he's actually her guardian angel. There's actually a lot more to this story than that, but I'm not mean enough to wreck it for you.
I know what you're thinking. There are approximately three billion stories about angels guardians or not Heidi has an imaginary friend named Jerome. And the answer is yes, provided this is the "other one" you're talking about. This is completely unlike those other angel books some of which I love, some of which not so much and is completely hilarious and clever and unique and honestly a little bit heartbreaking. Every year at BEA, I make impulse grabs and every year, an impulse grab ends up being the best of what I snag.
Two years ago, for example, it was The Mockingbirds. I haven't read most of my BEA haul yet because a lot of them come out later in the year look for a huge glut of BEA-related reviews in August and September but it's a safe bet that this will be one of my favorite books from BEA, if not my absolute favorite. It's one of those books that's all about the human experience, which means that it's sweet and sad and more than a little ridiculous in parts. And, obviously, not to be missed.
This is one of those books that I'll be recommending to friends and strangers alike. So hurry up and read it so we can talk about it.
4th YAppiest Giveaway! “Divine Intervention” by Martha Brockenbrough
June is a very, very busy month for new YA releases. Sort of. She lives by the rules in Freedom. Not even her roommate, Vi. All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi.
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The YAppiness keeps rolling with giveaways of epic reads by each of the 17 authors. I take that back. The arrow stuck in his head is proof of that. Heidi is about as opposite to Jerome as two souls can be. He spews snarky comments at the most inappropriate moments, or sings Lynyrd Skynyrd songs.
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