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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel boo


Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel book full of gooey romance and annoying heroines, but if you read the synopsis then you'll know that this isn't one of those books at all. It's not a lie either. Trust me on this one. The book is about 3% roma...

Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel book full of gooey romance and annoying heroines, but if you read the synopsis then you'll know that this isn't one of those books at all. It's not a lie either. Trust me on this one. The book is about 3% romance and 97% fall on the ground rolling with laughter.
Devine Intervention is original and refreshing on so many levels. I loved this book because of the sweet balance between laughter and crying. The main concept of the book is somewhat depressing (since it includes death and family grieving), but Brockenbrough makes me cry from laughing so hard. Seeing things from Jerome's point of view will have you grinning throughout the novel, guaranteed. Reading about Heidi will somber you up a bit and probably make you sad. The balance between both characters works its miracle though.
Both the main characters aren't very hard to understand. Jerome is very easily a jerk. He's someone that you wouldn't like in real life and yet he worms his way into your heart just as quickly as he has you laughing. It's tough to not find yourself attached to him in the end. He's a troubled guy, but in his heart he knows what's right and would sacrifice anything (even going to Hell for an eternity) for the ones he loves. It's almost heartbreaking. There isn't really anything that annoyed me about him. His way of seeing things is very realistic and he definitely sounds like a teenage guy. He was immensely flawed (compared to other angels in other books) and it was incredibly refreshing.
Heidi wasn't like most heroines. She was willing for one, and not a whiner. The main reason why I loved her character so much is because she wasn't perfect. She's not a cheerleader, she's really tall, not skinny, not very pretty, and she even had some very horrifyingly embarrassing moments (like really humiliating). I admired her sacrifice sometimes and it hurt to see things through her point of view. She was suffering just as much as her family and friends were. If Jerome wasn't there to have me cracking up, I'm sure I would be bawling my eyes out with her. And it takes a whole lot of courage to do the things she did.
Other than the characters, the plot was interesting. It wasn't really that captivating and it had a couple of glitches, but I enjoyed the originality. One problem I had though, was the pacing. It was all over the place. The beginning started off smooth enough with a gradual pace, and then it slowed down, and then it sped, and then it slowed down, and then it sped up... it felt like I was on a roller-coaster (not one of the fun ones). It got me annoyed and I seriously felt like skipping pages to get to the real action.
Apart from the pacing, there wasn't anything major that I disliked.
Overall, Devine Intervention is a fun, light read that I recommend if you feel like laughing. The characters were entertaining and definitely unique. I would totally come back to reread this one.

posted by Daniela07 on August 10, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Devine Intervention is a light-hearted read about two misfits in

Devine Intervention is a light-hearted read about two misfits in the forms of a guardian angel and his ward. Beginning with a story from Jerome's past, the book alternates perspective between Jerome's first-person narration and Heidi's third person narration. It's a bit...
Devine Intervention is a light-hearted read about two misfits in the forms of a guardian angel and his ward. Beginning with a story from Jerome's past, the book alternates perspective between Jerome's first-person narration and Heidi's third person narration. It's a bit of an awkward transition at first, but I enjoyed looking at each character through their own eyes in addition to the other narrator's perspective. Both Heidi and Jerome have their respsective strengths and misgivings about themselves, and they've had a rough time with their friends a families.

Jerome is quite the character, as well as the source of all the comic relief in this book. He doesn't have the brightest track record, never having believed that he could make something of his life while he was still alive, and he's done some cruel things that he's not proud of. In fact, if he didn't make me laugh so much, I would write him off as a jerk. Cross that. He is a jerk. A nice, well meaning jerk. Heidi, on the other hand, is more timid. She doesn't go out of her way to take the spotlight despite being rather tall for a girl. While everyone encourages her to take advantage of her height on the basketball court, Heidi prefers to spend her time drawing--paper, napkins, her jeans... you name it, and she's probably doodled on it at least once in her life, if not fifty times. The only unique quality she believes she possesses is the voice lurking in the back of her mind, and it's not something that she likes to share with people because they'll think she's crazy.

In addition to the narration, the book presents the Ten Commandments for the Dead and the Ten Commandments for the Living, which are revealed one by one as they apply to Jerome and Heidi. The first threatens Jerome with a sentence to Hell, and the second presents hope to the two. More than a book meant for comic relief, Devine Intervention explores self-identity and one's purpose in life, some heavy topics that teens sometimes only consider when faced with death. I myself never considered my future seriously until the end of my first semester of college. Heidi is like me in that she thought that she would have time later, and Jerome couldn't appreciate his life until after death.

As the book progresses, Jerome and Heidi learn more about themselves and what is important to them. I enjoyed watching Jerome mature from a fun-loving, immature teen to someone willing to place his soul at risk to protect those he cares about, and Heidi from a timid teenage girl who listens to others to someone able to speak her mind and follow her heart. Someone won't always be around to tell her what to do, and life won't get better if she waits for someone to tell her what to do. Every teen realizes this at some point. Devine Intervention is a read for those who appreciate humor in a YA novel with paranormal elements. It is also a read for those who appreciate a good, realistic ending that will move readers to tears.

posted by ImaginaryReads on November 20, 2012

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    This book is comic relief from cover to cover. There are, of cou

    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). Brockenbrough’s book brightened my day and helped
    me stop categorizing ever bit of plant life I saw on my way home from
    college. Heidi is able to hear the voice of her guardian angel. Jerome,
    Heidi’s guardian angel, is still in training and practically incapable
    of giving her decent advice, but she truly appreciates his presence.
    After a disaster, Heidi’s soul could be lost forever and Jerome could be
    sent to Hell, unless they are able to work together to figure out how to
    save themselves. I really loved Brockenbrough’s writing. 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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel boo


    Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel book full of gooey romance and annoying heroines, but if you read the synopsis then you'll know that this isn't one of those books at all. It's not a lie either. Trust me on this one. The book is about 3% romance and 97% fall on the ground rolling with laughter.
    Devine Intervention is original and refreshing on so many levels. I loved this book because of the sweet balance between laughter and crying. The main concept of the book is somewhat depressing (since it includes death and family grieving), but Brockenbrough makes me cry from laughing so hard. Seeing things from Jerome's point of view will have you grinning throughout the novel, guaranteed. Reading about Heidi will somber you up a bit and probably make you sad. The balance between both characters works its miracle though.
    Both the main characters aren't very hard to understand. Jerome is very easily a jerk. He's someone that you wouldn't like in real life and yet he worms his way into your heart just as quickly as he has you laughing. It's tough to not find yourself attached to him in the end. He's a troubled guy, but in his heart he knows what's right and would sacrifice anything (even going to Hell for an eternity) for the ones he loves. It's almost heartbreaking. There isn't really anything that annoyed me about him. His way of seeing things is very realistic and he definitely sounds like a teenage guy. He was immensely flawed (compared to other angels in other books) and it was incredibly refreshing.
    Heidi wasn't like most heroines. She was willing for one, and not a whiner. The main reason why I loved her character so much is because she wasn't perfect. She's not a cheerleader, she's really tall, not skinny, not very pretty, and she even had some very horrifyingly embarrassing moments (like really humiliating). I admired her sacrifice sometimes and it hurt to see things through her point of view. She was suffering just as much as her family and friends were. If Jerome wasn't there to have me cracking up, I'm sure I would be bawling my eyes out with her. And it takes a whole lot of courage to do the things she did.
    Other than the characters, the plot was interesting. It wasn't really that captivating and it had a couple of glitches, but I enjoyed the originality. One problem I had though, was the pacing. It was all over the place. The beginning started off smooth enough with a gradual pace, and then it slowed down, and then it sped, and then it slowed down, and then it sped up... it felt like I was on a roller-coaster (not one of the fun ones). It got me annoyed and I seriously felt like skipping pages to get to the real action.
    Apart from the pacing, there wasn't anything major that I disliked.
    Overall, Devine Intervention is a fun, light read that I recommend if you feel like laughing. The characters were entertaining and definitely unique. I would totally come back to reread this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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