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by A. M. Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins

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Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

Everybody deserves a vacation, right? Especially if you have a pointless job like tormenting the damned. So who could blame me for blowing off my duties and taking a small, unauthorized break?

Besides, I've always wanted to see what physical existence is like. That's why I "borrowed" the slightly used body


Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

Everybody deserves a vacation, right? Especially if you have a pointless job like tormenting the damned. So who could blame me for blowing off my duties and taking a small, unauthorized break?

Besides, I've always wanted to see what physical existence is like. That's why I "borrowed" the slightly used body of a slacker teen. Believe me, he wasn't going to be using it anymore anyway.

I have never understood why humans do the things they do. Like sin—if it's so terrible, why do they keep doing it?

I'm going to have a lot of fun finding out!

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.”
Publishers Weekly

Arebellious demon (who prefers the term "fallen angel") named Kiriel takes over the body of 17-year-old Shaun Simpson moments before the teen steps in front of a speeding cement mixer in Jenkins's (Beating Heart) latest. Eager to experience life as a human being-and feeling long overdue for a vacation from his duties of subjecting souls to eternal torment-Kiriel quickly gets underway living Shaun's life. (There is no conflict between the two personalities-in Jenkins's story, Kiriel's takeover sends Shaun's soul on to the afterlife.) Shaun was a prototypical slacker, brushing off his younger brother Jason (whom he calls a "jerkwad"), dressing and living like a slob and barely engaging at school. With funny and heartwarming results, Kiriel tries to engineer a lasting, positive impact on Shaun's family and friends, confronting a school bully-as a demon, Kiriel knows where the teen's actions will land him in the afterlife-and taking the reclusive Jason under his wing. Jenkins displays a wry sense of humor throughout-Jason catches his older brother "French-kissing his shirt" as Kiriel relishes the tactile sensation, and later Kiriel receives an IM from his demonic superiors who have discovered his transgression. Kiriel's own spiritual crises (he himself questions a "Creator" whom he's never seen or heard from) may mirror readers' uncertainties, and the demon's winning mix of cocksureness and inadvertent bungling should resonate with teens. Ages 12-up. (June)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
VOYA - Janet Scherer
Experiencing frustration with his job in Hell, Kiriel takes a much-needed rest in the body of seventeen-year-old Shaun. This fast-paced novel takes place over seven days as Kiriel attempts to experience as much enjoyment as he can with his newfound physical body. He is excited by a cool breeze on his cheek and the sweet taste of ketchup as well as with the usual things a boy finds pleasurable. Because of Kiriel's experience in Hell, witnessing the sins of souls who carry shame, guilt, and sorrow, he decides to change the life trajectory of Shaun's loved ones and classmates. Kiriel gives Shaun's friendless little brother the name of someone he should get to know and plants a seed in Shaun's mother's head about reconciling with her estranged brother. He helps a girl gain confidence in herself and confronts the school bully in hopes of making him realize the pain that he causes others. When Kiriel is called back from his vacation, he is confident that he accomplished good while inhabiting Shaun's body and gained insight on how to better handle his job in the future. This accomplished author writes an enjoyable and comical story with both likeable and believable characters. Readers might be disappointed that Kiriel's vacation does not last longer so that they can get to know him better. Jenkins provides a great choice for both girls and boys, reluctant readers, and those looking for a quick, fun read.
Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Kiriel is a demon, but he prefers to be known as a fallen angel, and he is tired of tormenting the souls of the damned. He decides that he is going to take a break. After careful consideration he takes over the body of a teenager named Shaun. Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel knows that it is only a matter of time before someone notices that he has ditched his post. He is determined, however, to take advantage of every moment he has in the mortal world. I fear that words can only cheapen the true pleasure I took in reading this book. It was impossible to put down. Its unconventional plot line holds your attention, but it is Kiriel's voice that keeps the reader going. He, as a fallen angel, has no human traits. His rational actions, however, exhibit a great amount of humanity. The joy, pain, and wonder expressed by this outstanding literary voice is touching and wickedly fun. The prose is crisp and beautiful in its conveyance of the experiences of this fallen angel. Given the true nature of the main character, however, many individuals may choose to turn away from this novel. It is a matter of choice, but for those who choose to read it, it is a rare gleam of light.
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Fed up with endlessly overseeing the torment of souls in Hell, the spirit of a demon takes a little holiday: he moves into the body of a teenage boy named Shaun, who was about to lose his life to a speeding cement mixer anyway. At first, just experiencing the physical world entrances the demon. The sights! The sensations! Masturbation, for instance (though not explicitly described) is a thrilling new experience, and he's eager to try sex with a girl. As he goes about living Shaun's life, however, the demon starts to set other goals, and he decides to leave his mark on this new world. He tries to make life better for Shaun's little brother, takes care of a bully at school, and ends up falling in love with the girl he'd just wanted to have sex with (and they only kiss, in the end). He knows he'll be called back to Hell soon, and he longs for some kind of recognition from the Creator. Funny and clever, in the end the demon's tale is about appreciating existence and trying to do the right thing. It's a quick, quirky and entertaining read, with some meaty ideas in it, too, by the author of such noteworthy YA novels as Damage and Breaking Boxes.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Shaun's body has been snatched by one of the devil's lesser minions, who is unbearably bored. Since the teen was about to be killed by a car, the demon does not see it as such a big deal, even though he is clearly violating the rules. His function in hell is to reflect the self-loathing and regret of the souls of the damned back at them, something he has done for eons. He has observed the thoughts and actions of Shaun and his familiars and knows their innermost desires and fears. What he has lacked is an understanding of physical sensation, something he intends to indulge to the fullest in Shaun's body. Despite his knowledge of the human mind, the demon is never able to fully get into character. While this is sometimes amusing, it is just as often annoying. The novel ventures into deep waters, discussing the human condition and human failings. Teens will be much more interested in his physical experiences, including a not-too-graphic masturbation scene and his ultimately unfulfilled desire to experience sex. For a better demonic-possession story, direct teens to Sam Enthoven's The Black Tattoo (Penguin, 2006). A secondary purchase.
—Anthony C. DoyleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Seventeen-year-old slacker Shaun steps off the curb and is smacked by a cement-mixer truck. Just before he goes under, a curiously sneaky "archangel" named Kiriel steps into Shaun's body. Thus begins Kiriel's near doe-eyed exploration of all the weird, whacked-out wonders of teenage boyhood, all of which eventually coalesce into the pursuit of friendly, feisty Lane Henneberger, the girl he knows will give her virginity to him. The infusion of Kiriel's inquisitively dogged personality into Shaun's teenaged body humorously amplifies all of Shaun's usual boy instincts: Lust, hunger and love all spring to the center, most affecting when Kiriel's educated near-Shakespearean words spout forth from Shaun's usually blunt and blase lips. Life, of course, gets better for Shaun, complete with a girlfriend, help for his troubled brother and better grades. Jenkins's writing, for all of her dabbling in the supernatural world, remains lean, mean and to-the-point. Though the replacement of a real boy with a do-gooder, lackadaisical demon makes this effort feel less directly urgent, less real than Beating Heart (2006), Kiriel's own search for meaning and direction from his own realm in this new life packs an intriguingly deep wallop. (Fiction. YA)
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.”

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Chapter One

First thing I did was, I stole a body. I could have made my own, but I wasn't in an artistic frame of mind.

I was just fed up, you know; fed up with being a cog in a vast machine, with doing my pointless, demeaning job. It's not like I was the only one who could do it—anybody could do it. Tormenting the damned—it practically does itself, no lie. And it's depressing; I can't tell you how depressing it is.

I didn't tell the Boss, didn't tell anyone I was going. No, Hell could get along just fine without me.

As for the Creator, the One—if you ask me, He hasn't ever paid the place much notice. He wound the watch up, set the hands, and let it start ticking.

Really, the Creator is the one I have the grievance with. Not the Boss. The Boss is just doing his job like the rest of us, just fulfilling his function. The Creator is the one who set up all the rules. And now He never checks in, doesn't seem to know or care whether the peons of Hell are getting overworked and fed up. I've never been fool enough to expect redemption, but even a tiny spark of recognition of my drudging toil—or even my mere existence—would have been nice. For thousands upon thousands of years I've labored under a slowly fading hope.

After a while, it was just too much. Even a being like me—no, especially a being like me—has its breaking point.

So. The hard part was picking a body. I wanted to keep it simple, start small. Slip into a life that was already taking place. Something with all the synapses in working condition. A body that was carefree, insulated from earthlyconsiderations like hunger; a protected place to try out physical existence. A body without responsibilities—no job or family to care for; someone who had time to experience the things I wanted to experience. But not too protected. Someone who wasn't watched every second. Someone who had a little time on his hands, but also a safe place to go to every night.

I knew I wanted all this, so I decided to take a middle-class suburban American teenager. I looked around for a bit and found a few that I observed closely, waiting until one turned up good to go.

The actual hijacking of the body took place about one second before the guy was about to step out from behind a parked SUV into the street and get iced, as they say, by a speeding cement mixer. My candidates were all slackers, you see, not too quick on the uptake, and this one was talking to his friend and stepped off the curb without looking—or started to. The fact that he missed the last two seconds of his life didn't really matter; I could see exactly what was going to happen. And although technically there's free will and anything could have interfered with his death, like a timely muscle cramp to make him pause on the curb—or heck, a bird could have been flying overhead and suddenly taken ill in midair and fallen on his head and knocked him out the second before he stepped into the street—there are laws of physics, and trust me, after millions of millennia, I can spot an inevitability.

Body-snatching is pretty rare amongst my kind. Technically speaking, I broke a few rules, but what are they going to do? Send me to Hell, ha ha?

Anyway, he stepped out into space and I jerked his foot back, and there I was on the curb while he was making his whooshy tunnel-of-light way to the hereafter.

All at once I was in this brand-new, slightly used body. It was a fast-motion fill-up, like pouring myself all at once into a too-tight vessel. I'm not used to boundaries, and to be suddenly constricted—to need to breathe, to have a beginning and an end—gave me a feeling of . . . well, almost panic.

But then everything else flooded in and I was swimming in a vast sea of sensory information. I wasn't expecting it, and it threw me into confusion. I'd been expecting to just take over, smooth and unnoticed—it looks so easy to be human, considering that they're all a little dim—but suddenly I could see, hear, feel. It was beautiful.

Everything was beautiful.

"Shaun, you okay?" said Shaun's best friend, Bailey. I looked at him through Shaun's eyes, and it was the weirdest thing.

I have never been anything but spirit—anywhere and everywhere I wanted to be, just never in a physical sense. This was the first time I was ever in exactly one place. Before, I could have known what anybody on earth was doing, if I'd felt like it. I wouldn't have been able to see or hear what they were doing, but I would have been aware of it. Sort of an amorphous cloud with the ability to inhabit many discrete sites at once.

But now, in a human body, I was immersed in an ocean of details. Every single one of them was crisp, clear, and distinct. I was overwhelmed, so even though I had exactly one person—Bailey—in my field of vision, I only had a dim, muffled idea of what his facial expression and body language might mean, and I had to think really hard to try and remember a human American word for what I thought Bailey might be feeling right now.

Taking on a body, it seemed, was constricting in more ways than one.

"I'm okay," I answered, feeling the sound rolling out of my throat like a wave. It was so thrilling, I did it again. "I'm okay," I told Bailey, and I looked at the way his irises had bright color, a bluish gray. Color—what a concept! What a wonderful thing to see, what a great creation! I had to give the Creator a tip of the hat on that one.

Repossessed. Copyright (c) by A. Jenkins . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.

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Repossessed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Bradley3rdenglish More than 1 year ago
Shaun, an average lazy American teenager, is caught up in a crazy predicament. He is possessed by a demon who is bored with his day to day tormenting of lost souls. The demon wants to experience the so called "easy life" of the Creator's choosen ones. He finds out all the feelings and senses of humans. He is really overwhelmed. I found this book to be hilarious. The whole its him discovering new things about this strange new world. I laughed everytime he found out something new. It was like crazy how he would react to everyday stuff. With the sexual content in mind, I would suggest this book to all people 14 and over.
Szopfi_4thenglish More than 1 year ago
This book was great, it captured the realism of teenage life. It show you what it is like to be a teenager in a suburban town, and to be one that is a little sheltered and a little shy, but Kiriel the main character kind of brings it out and becomes a totally diffrent person then what Shaun was. He tries so hard to leave some kind of mark in peoples lives, something that will keep them from going to hell. He is a demon from hell but he refers to himself as a fallen angel, his job is to watch over the tormanted, and you can imagine that a job like that would get a little sad and disturbing after a while, so thats when he decided to get a new body and he did. This book captures the spirtual aspect of the world and how it was creater, because in the book he refers to the creater a lot, and I think that he was refering to god in a sense. This book show you that you need to stop for a second and smell the flowers, listen to the wind blow, and just look at the sky and be hasppy at the life and world you live in. I would recommend this book to anyone it is funny and sad at the same time. If you have a little brother that you don't get along with read thisd book, it will show you to enjoy the time you get to spend with him, enjoy the fact that you have a sibling period, because even though Kiriel took over Shauns body and life, Shaun was gone and his brother and him faught and were very cold to each other, so this book will show you kind of what it means to be a big brother or big sister. I also Recommend this book to parents with teenagers that are a little shy or a little distant because it will kind of show you why they are like that and what you can do to help them to get over it and be a more open person. ANYONE THAT READS THIS WILL ENJOY IT, the serios parts and the somewhat sexual content in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book :) =^_^=
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I think that this book is truly amazing but is for teens and adults because of some of the detail in the book but otherwise is was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEENS ONLY RECOMMENDED! It is a great book but involves things that most teen boys think of, i would list but i think i would get in trouble with BN.
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This book was a bit odd but eye catching. There were many things about this book that i didn't expect to see in a book. It was very interesting because the things the demon done as a human he had never experienced before.One thing about the book was masturbation was the main thing he wanted to do. I can say that it was weird and a great book at the same time.
little_redAM More than 1 year ago
It was good book, it was interesting and i actually read it. It was a bit odd but overall good.
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teamshallow More than 1 year ago
Shawn is a boy that was working outside till suddenly he stepped of the sidewalk, and got hit by a van. During that whole event, a demon from the underworld came by and stole his body. Since then, the demon has been living in his body ever since. The demon doesn't know how to live like a human, so through out the whole book you go on an adventure seeing how he chooses to live life. This book amazingly keeps you wanting to read it. The author keeps you waiting; dying to see what comes next after each chapter. He keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. If I had to rate this book I would definitely give it a five star rating. It deserves it because it's funny and it's like an adventure in your head. As you can see this book is amazing to me and it would be to you too. You never know till you give it a try?
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jeremiahc_6english More than 1 year ago
The book repossessed is about a demon or "fallen angel" as he like to be called.The people in the book are just normal everyday people.The "fallen angel" leave hell to come to earth to see how the people live here. The "fallen angel" takes over a 17 year old teenager name Shaun to see what it is to a human and what they have to do.The "fallen angel" wants to know how it is to feel, taste, see,and smell by taken over Shaun's body.Shaun is average teenager that just doesn't talk and do very many activities.Shaun has only one friend and it is his best friend Baily.the only thing that knew it wasn't Shaun was Peanut the cat.Everybody that Shaun knew thought was acting by dressing up nice because Shaun never does. Its hard to read to read the book at the beginning it does make a whole lot of sense until half way in the book.the book is mainly about the "fallen angel" and him wanting to escape from hell, and wanting to do physics thing so he can experience how it is to be a human and do all those thing. The "fallen angel" his not been noticed by anybody in hell until about to the end when the demon that is over him came to speak to him. the thing i like in the book is how peanut the cat knew that the "fallen angel" has took over Shaun's body.The fallen angel tired to pet peanut, when he stuck out his hand peanut scratch his hand and made the fallen angel experience pain for the first time that he was here.Another cool is the fallen angel thought that he was making reed feel sorry for everybody for what he does to them by telling reed about the things his does at home when nobody is there.Enclosing I Jeremiah things this is a good book to read by learn how it is to walk, talk again.I would recommend that anybody should read this book.
jkelso_4thenglish More than 1 year ago
Repossessed is a well written book. It is about the unfallen(a demon) named Kiriel. He is a demon who works in the underworld that watches over the torumented. Then he stills a body to find out what it is like to be human,and to feel what humans do too. In the book, it is very difficult for me to read the begining of this book. But as you got more into the book it becomes to make perfect since. The only weakness I thought it might have; It would have to be in the begin. It never told wear shawn went, or if he even went anywhere when he took over his body. My honest opinion on the book Repossessed. It is very good,funny,classic,edge thriller. I would so let all my friends read this book, and i love it! I just wished they would make another book about this. Because I know I would love to read another book like this one. The last impression that it left on me was that kiriel still thought that lane was pretty even though he was leaving. After I read that chapter it hit my brain, because most books sometimes don't end like that. Even though Kiriel was still leaving he still liked her and wanted to be with her. That was the impression it left on me. I hope other reader will read this book, and leave a good impression on them like it did me. All teens should read this book. And i would definitely read this book again.
Michael_C2ndEnglish More than 1 year ago
This book has an interesting plot with a few great twists. It takes place in a small town with everyday average people, until a spirit from hell decides that it wants to be apart of the physical wolrd, and experience things it wont without a human body. This Demon or "Fallen Angel" as it likes to be called, wishes to smell, touch, taste, hear, and see objects through human eyes. This "Fallen Angel" is more or less tired of its place in the universe of tormenting the damned in hell. I t wants to break free of the rules laid upon it by the "Creator" who never seems to check to make sure everything and everyone is where it's suppose to be. Feeling like this, it believes it can get away with, taking some time off, so to speak. So one day as a young boy was about to step off a curve into an on coming truck the "Fallen Angel" possess his body for its own personal pleasures. With shawn's body it can now do everything it wanted to do as a human, and hopefully without concequence. Although it knows that by the first night as a human it would be noticed that someone was not in hell doing their job as tormentor of souls. However the "Fallen Angel" spends more time in human form in the physical world than anticipated. For close to a week it goes to school with shawn's friends, none of them wise to what's going on, interacts with his family, and even gets into a fight. A lot of events takes place while in shawn's body. Some of which that will change peoples lives, including shawn's. The "Fallen Angel" is finally visited by his quote un-quote supervisor from hell and is told to return to its place in the universe or suffer the fate of punishment. The "Fallen Angel" does not fear this threat and therefore does not respond and refuses to return. However eventually an "Unfallen Angel" or "Angel" visits the spirit, and tells it that there will be no more playing around and he was sent by the "Creator". Realizing this, the spirit decides it's time to go back to it place in the universe.
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HenryCain More than 1 year ago
Repossessed is a really good book. It is about a demon that takes over a teenager. The thing that makes it interesting is that the demon doesn't know how to control the body at first. This and other things give the book humor. Humor is a big part of the book that gives it some richness. A big conflict in this book is when the demon takes over the body and the boys personality changes. This brings conflict with his friends and his family. My favorite part about the book is that the boy starts having different interests because the demon is inside of him. In one part of the book the boy goes to his friends house, and instead of playing video games he reads his friends books. I highly recommend this book to any teenagers because it is fast pace and exciting. I don't recommend this book to children because they wouldn't understand it.
Brezooka More than 1 year ago
This book really only took me a day to read, but I did enjoy it for all that it was, a quick story without any great amount of depth. The concept behind the book is an interesting one, with the main character being a denizen of hell who possess a body in order to see what it is that everyone actually does in order to earn their place in hell. There are quite a few inappropriate references, but if treated lightly they can be quite amusing, and the narrative itself is a simple read. While I was reading, I couldn't help thinking that this was a much more toned down version of the ideas that were presented in 'Good Omens' but for an audience that does not necessarily want to spend more than one or two days on a book, 'Repossessed' is a quick entertaining read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As humans involved in our daily lives, we often take the world for granted. Our days are filled with boring, humdrum activities. A. M. Jenkins creates a new twist on the mundane in his new book REPOSSESSED.

First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you get a whole different view of daily life.

Seconds before the actual truck/teen collision, Kiriel slips into Shaun's body. Kiriel, a demon who prefers to call himself a "fallen angel," sees the perfect opportunity to find that needed break from his dull duties. He wants more out of "life." He wants to feel it and experience it first hand.

Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel is able to experience what he has only previously observed. This is his first actual look at the world through human eyes. Amazing! There's the feel and texture of everything from food, especially ketchup, to clothing against his skin. Fabulous! And that two-and-a-half hours spent in the bathtub make him wonder why humans don't constantly bathe. Kiriel finds himself wondering how humans can live such exciting daily lives and still express the desire for further adventures.

To Kiriel the real world is not all about just the physical experience. As he deals with Shaun's family, a divorced mother and his younger brother, Jason, he learns that love and the emotional side of life can be an unexpected roller coaster ride of its own.

A.M. Jenkins's demon makes us see what is really around us and perhaps makes us more understanding and grateful for how precious life is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago