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Devine Intervention

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Sharp, Snarky and Sweet--A Must Read!

It's no secret, I have a soft spot for dead teen books, so I couldn't wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. What I loved about DEVINE INTERVENTION was it's snarky humor and how it perfectly walked the line between a guy book and a girl book. I also adored the su...
It's no secret, I have a soft spot for dead teen books, so I couldn't wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. What I loved about DEVINE INTERVENTION was it's snarky humor and how it perfectly walked the line between a guy book and a girl book. I also adored the supplemental information like The Guardian Angel's Handbook, particularly the sarcastic notes on the bottom. But despite all the great snark and sarcasm, there was a thread of sweetness, vulnerability and hope that was impossible not to love. Can't wait to see what Brokenbrough has up her sleeve next!

posted by Kimmiepoppins on September 17, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Fun book

    I enjoyed the book and the characters. At some points you feeel like hitting Jerome in the head, you just need to keep remembering he is still a teenager which completly explains his actions and your desire to do so.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Sharp, Snarky and Sweet--A Must Read!

    It's no secret, I have a soft spot for dead teen books, so I couldn't wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. What I loved about DEVINE INTERVENTION was it's snarky humor and how it perfectly walked the line between a guy book and a girl book. I also adored the supplemental information like The Guardian Angel's Handbook, particularly the sarcastic notes on the bottom. But despite all the great snark and sarcasm, there was a thread of sweetness, vulnerability and hope that was impossible not to love. Can't wait to see what Brokenbrough has up her sleeve next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Levi

    "Mm." ((Gtg.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Devin

    No, Master, there is no reason why you shouldn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Ive met the author before

    :L

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Zoey

    *sits on the couch and sighs*

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    Posted June 3, 2012

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