Coffeehouse Angel

Coffeehouse Angel

by Suzanne Selfors

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ISBN-13: 9780802721761
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Selfors is the author of Saving Juliet as well as a middle grade series with Little, Brown. She held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She lives in Washington.
www.suzanneselfors.com

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Coffeehouse Angel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Linda-Mai-Ellen More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It's a quick read that made me all happy inside, unlike a number of YA books that can be rather emotionally draining. I like Katrina and I can relate to her situation of not knowing what you want or what you most desire at the age of sixteen. With school, friendship troubles and dilemma's of the heart, it's quite the teen novel. Add a cute angel who follows you around, your grandmother falling ill, and add Mr. Scoundrel as your neighbour who is stealing your customers and you've got yourself more than what the average teenager can handle, but Katrina knows what to do. Malcolm the Messenger is quite something, although I wasn't in favour of him wearing a kilt as he had just travelled to Scotland, but then he becomes partial to it, and I guess I was okay with it too. He is not your typical angel, but his manners, his language, and his curiosity towards all things new to him will have you wishing you had an angel sleeping in your backyard between message deliveries. I like the premise of this story and the plot is good, centering around the theme of forgiveness. This story also reminds us that everyone is good at something and that "for a single good deed, one will be rewarded tenfold." (The Koran) Coffeehouse Angel is a light, entertaining read that is sure to delight and warm your heart on a chilly day. It's a charming story that will have you smiling throughout the read.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse used to be the hang out place. It used to have the best prices, the most tourists, and used to have all the customers. But ever since Java Heaven, the modern coffeehouse next door, started as a business two years ago, Anna's only has a matter of time before the bills can't be paid. The orphaned granddaughter, Katrina, of the owner has been working there since middle school and knows that they won't be able to survive if they don't get their customers back. When Malcolm, an angel on duty, offers Katrina one wish and explains that it has to be her biggest desire, she can't figure out what she wants. Caught between teenage romances and medical bills, Katrina needs to get her head in the game before time runs out and she is thrown onto the street. Coffeehouse Angel is best described as the feeling of staying inside on a rainy day, watching the water slide down the window and wondering what the generations before you did on such an occasion. It's like cutting out paper hearts for no reason or picking a flower just because it's pretty. There's something on the inside of this book waiting to yell "Surprise!" but it never reveals itself. There are well-written, descriptive paragraphs that explain so much and contain the sweetness of the moment. I love the old-fashion touch the story has and the cute dialogue. Small comments put a smile on my face but they left as soon as they came. The "adorableness" of it all changed when the main character's attitude changed and sometimes I didn't like her at all. It was a roller coaster! Jealousy, anger, sadness, drama. The anxiety of being a teenager was captured well, along with what it's like to have a responsibility. The romance grew too fast to be realistic yet I found the cuteness of it enjoyable. The author's talent is unmistakable! Overall, it was a fun story with unique settings and characters and great writing. STARS: 3.5 out of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old daughter loved and i read it after her and i loved it too.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Katrina works daily in her grandmother's traditional Scandinavian coffeehouse, has two best friends, and knows her place in the social pyramid at her high school. Of course, whenever someone thinks they understand life, things are always bound to change. So is the case when the new-fangled Java Heaven, with its fancy lattes and organic coffee beans, begins putting her grandmother's coffeehouse out of business. When Katrina finds a stranger sleeping in the alley outside of the coffeehouse one morning, she is scared. But she also feels badly for the man. Katrina quietly leaves a cup of coffee and some chocolate-covered coffee beans next to him and hurriedly runs back into the coffee shop. Little did Katrina know that this one moment would change her life. The fact that the mystery man was an angel who wants to repay her by fulfilling her deepest desire would make one think that Katrina's life would become a whirlwind of perfection. No problems, right? End of story. That's what one would think. But Katrina doesn't know what she wants. You can't just throw out random wishes just because they're what everyone else would wish for. And there's bound to be problems if the wish doesn't go as planned. Or is somehow intercepted by someone else. Can life really ever go back to being what it used to be? Can you make life not change? And if you could, what new experiences and people would you never know? And if you are always living life wanting something else, are you really living? Take a sip of COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL to find out what Katrina wishes for. It's a light, heavenly read.
kperry on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Katrina lives with her grandmother above their coffee shop in the sleepy town of Nordby. Anna¿s Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse has been a standby in Nordby for years, but when sleak and shiny new Java Heaven moves in right next door, business starts to suffer.Katrina enjoys her morning routine of getting the coffee brewing for her grandma before she heads to school. One morning on her way to throw out some trash, Katrina sees a young man sleeping in the alley. Startled at first, Katrina hurrys back inside. It is only when she is gathering the day-old pastries that she thinks this ¿homeless¿ man could maybe use something to eat and puts them out on the back step along with a hot cup of coffee.Little does she know that she has performed a selfless act of kindness for an angel. Malcolm is in Nordby delivering a message and just needed to take a break, but because of Katrina¿s good deed, he now has the added pressure of granting her deepest desire before he can move on. The problem is, Katrina doesn¿t have any idea what her deepest desire is. COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL is a light-hearted tale of love and friendship. Suzanne Selfors uses wonderful language to describe the small town and its quirky inhabitants. The reader easily feels like one of the family and will want to organize a campaign to close the evil Java Heaven.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Katrina has no talent, no drive for anything. She¿s not passionate for art, like her best girl friend Elizabeth, or swimming, like her best guy friend Vincent. All she does is help run her grandmother¿s dying coffeehouse, go to school, and work at the empty coffeehouse until she goes to sleep at night.Then, Katrina gives coffee and pastries to the young homeless guy in her alley, and her world changes. The guy, who calls himself Malcolm, says that he is an angel, and he must grant Katrina¿s deepest desire before he can move on. The trouble is, Katrina doesn¿t seem to know what she wants, and her first two wishes for fortune and fame only seem to get her into more trouble. The coffeehouse is in jeopardy from competition next door, and Katrina has no idea how to save it.Malcolm can¿t move on until Katrina knows what she most desires, but as they spend more time together, Katrina can¿t help but think that she might want HIM almost as much as she wants to save the coffeehouse and find what she¿s good at.Reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL is like reading a Disney movie: clueless and spineless girl gets into trouble, the bit of magic she gets involved in gets her into more trouble, she realizes her potential after the troubles, she gets with the guy and they all live happily ever after. It¿s a fairy tale-like story that can¿t fail to be cute, and that¿s how you¿ll feel when reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL.Katrina is simultaneously a sweetheart, with her genuine concern for the coffeehouse¿s well-being, and annoying with her inaction and naivety. However, the greatest part is probably the valid ambiguity of Katrina¿s positions: for example, she gets legitimately mad at Vincent for not helping her save the coffeehouse, but is also at fault herself for always waiting for someone to come to her rescue. It¿s difficult to balance ambiguity in a novel, but Suzanne Selfors succeeds in this story, which is amazing.I¿m a little less impressed with the supposed romance between Katrina and Malcolm. It seemed like Katrina was a little too eager to fall in love with Malcolm simply because he was good-looking and available. Of course, this fits in quite nicely with the whole story¿s overall fairy-tale-like feel, so it may not bother you all that much if you keep that in mind.COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL is a sweet read for reluctant tween and teen readers looking for a story with a healthy dash of love, magic, and character growth. Read for the feel-good smile it will leave on your face as you turn the last page.
kbpup903 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Katrina Svensen is a relatively normal teenage girl until she wakes up one morning to an angel sleeping in her alley. Katrina doesn't know that he is an angel, though. She thinks he is just some homeless guy and she decides to do a good deed and leave him some hot coffee and some food.Little did she know, this angel, Malcolm, believes that he must reward Katrina for her good deed. Katrina still doesn't know that Malcolm is an angel. She has a feeling that he might be a little loony but she decides to trust him.Katrina isn't the most popular girl, though, and Malcolm isn't exactly helping things. He goes around dressed in a kilt and sandals, carrying a messenger bag. He tells Katrina that the reason he was really there was to deliver a message to someone but doesn't elaborate further.Malcolm's idea of a reward is to grant Katrina her greatest desire. But Katrina doesn't know what that might be. So she goes with the first thing Malcolm offers, fortune. She doesn't really want fortune, she just wants him to go away. But things get all messed up and somebody else ends up eating the magic coffee bean. Same with her second wish, fame.Now things are getting even worse. There are problems with Katrina's best friend and a lot of the people in Nordby are acting very strange. And Katrina starts to think that maybe she is falling for an angel all in the midst of possibly losing her home.Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse might have to close. Ever since the new Java Heaven moved in next door, they have lost all their customers. Katrina just knows that she can find a way to fix things and make enough money to pay the bills. But how?Will Katrina ever find out what she most desires? Will she finally find something she is good at, in saving the coffeehouse? What message is Malcolm trying to deliver and once he does, will he be gone forever?I went into this book kind of expecting a sappy romance with no real meaning. I was so wrong. I was amazed at the depth with which Suzanne Selfors created her characters. Not one character seemed under-developed or lacking in personality. I was blown away. I have to say that this book definitely contained more than one surprise but I won't give those away.
thekaisu on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I loved this book for the simple reason that this has substance and depth. It's a chick-lit novel but its not really one of those books with really shallow plot lines. I learned a lot while reading this book.Not to mention its got some killer quotes. No really, you'll learn a lot about love, and life just by reading this.
GirlwiththeBraids on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Anna¿s Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse used to be the hang out place. It used to have the best prices, the most tourists, and used to have all the customers. But ever since Java Heaven, the modern coffeehouse next door, started as a business two years ago, Anna¿s only has a matter of time before the bills can¿t be paid. The orphaned granddaughter, Katrina, of the owner has been working there since middle school and knows that they won¿t be able to survive if they don¿t get their customers back. When Malcolm, an angel on duty, offers Katrina one wish and explains that it has to be her biggest desire, she can¿t figure out what she wants. Caught between teenage romances and medical bills, Katrina needs to get her head in the game before time runs out and she is thrown onto the street.Coffeehouse Angel is best described as the feeling of staying inside on a rainy day, watching the water slide down the window and wondering what the generations before you did on such an occasion. It¿s like cutting out paper hearts for no reason or picking a flower just because it¿s pretty. There¿s something on the inside of this book waiting to yell ¿Surprise!¿ but it never reveals itself. There are well-written, descriptive paragraphs that explain so much and contain the sweetness of the moment. I love the old-fashion touch the story has and the cute dialogue. Small comments put a smile on my face but they left as soon as they came.The ¿adorableness¿ of it all changed when the main character¿s attitude changed and sometimes I didn¿t like her at all. It was a roller coaster! Jealousy, anger, sadness, drama. The anxiety of being a teenager was captured well, along with what it¿s like to have a responsibility. The romance grew too fast to be realistic yet I found the cuteness of it enjoyable. The author¿s talent is unmistakable! Overall, it was a fun story with unique settings and characters and great writing.Rating: based on content and predictabilityContains: a wrong lesson, kissing, normal adults portrayed as stupid and selfish
bluejulie on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I read the book the same day I received it in the mail. Although the beginning didn't really work for me (partly because I noticed one or two typos early on), it then turned into a delightful read, perfect for a cold winter day.The characters were nicely drawn, with enough life in them to make them interesting. The 'angel' character was intriguing almost from the beginning so his presences added to the suspense in an otherwise moderately paced novel.The growth of the main character was one of the great features of the book. it took Katrina a long while to figure out what she wants, but the story and plot supported that development and made it believable and enjoyable to read. It was a nice trick on the author's part to make that last selfless wish by Katrina turn into such a sweet happy ending.I also loved the cultural details, they gave the book a certain charm and authenticity. It also offered the perfect background for the minor characters that would otherwise feel awkward or even weird.All in all, it was a good read and I can't wait to get Saving Juliet.
kissmeimgone on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Katrina Svenson's grandmother owns an Old World Scandavian coffeehouse in a small town in Norway. When Katrina goes out of her way to feed a homeless guy, unbeknownst to her who's really an angel, sleeping in the alleyway near the coffeehouse, he won't go away til she's fully rewarded for her good deed. After he's in her life, he changes her world and others around her. Filled with humor and wit, Coffeehouse Angel was defintley a good read.
itsJUSTme on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I loved this book! Very sweet, sad, fun, romantic, and magical all at the same time!
ethel55 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Katrina goes to highschool and help her grandma run Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse. One morning, Katrina leaves a bag of day old pastries and a cup of coffee outside for a sleeping homeless man. Turns out Malcolm isn't your garden variety vagrant, but a messenger of sorts, in Nordby to deliver a message. Malcolm can't help but be sidetracked by Katrina and hopes to reward her for her unselfish act of kindness. This was a very cute story that just sped along.
lostinabook88 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Have you ever read a book that once you're finished you loved it so much that you couldn't express it in words? Well, that's how I feel right now. And, believe or not, I hate coffee. But I couldn't get enough of this novel! Ir was as sweet as drinking liquid sugar.Katrina was very real for me. I understand trying to find your talent, your "thing", and seeing everyone else around you find it so easily. I also loved Katrina and Vincent's friendship. It explored some really tough issues that guy and girl friends have to face that most authors would try to overcome by making the two characters fall in love. But Selfors really thought about the trials and triumphs of a guy-girl friendship.And Malcolm. How could you not love him? He was funny (I LOVED that he wore a kilt, and that everyone called it a skirt) and caring, and human. Even an angel has flaws and Malcom's were so very human and I loved that. I also appreciated that the novel wasn't based around Katrina's love life. There was real depth to this novel. There were plot twists that I absolutely didn't see coming but made the story so much more enjoyable!If I liked coffee, this would be that comforting cup I had every morning when I woke up. This novel is a perfect feel-good story that I'm definitely going to re-read on a snowy evening curled up with a blanket. This novel was written and told beautifully and it makes me want to find an angel of my own.
book_worm127 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Coffeehouse Angel was a really cute, light read. It didn't take long either. I'd been wanting to read this one for a while so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that my library had it. I love romantic comedies with heart and this one fit the bill perfectly.Katrina, the main character, was very real. I didn't feel like her emotions or actions were fake, or that she ever did something that no teenage girl in America would ever do. I liked how she was tall too, a lot of the girls in YA are tiny. Selfors did a good job with the characters, and I was fond of a lot of them by the end. Malcolm was definitely my favorite. He was just so...odd, but in a sweet way. The relationship development between him and Katrina went well also.You would think that a book like this would be pretty predictable, right? Well, I sure didn't think so. There were some elements that I could see coming, but a lot of them were surprising. A lot of things happened that made me change the way I thought it was going to end, then change it again, then again.There was something about it that made it less than perfect though, and I'm not really sure what it was. Maybe a slight disconnect with Katrina? Or maybe just with the whole book? Some things were a little bit confusing as well. The book was still really enjoyable though.This book is super cute, less predictable than you think, and has a lot of heart. I really liked it.
themusescircle on LibraryThing 24 days ago
There are quite a few reasons why I gave this book a 4 star rating. One is its originality. Let's put the angel thing on hold for a minute and focus on the main character. Katrina is a 16 year old girl who has been living with her grandmother ever since the tragic death of her parents. Their little apartment is nestled above Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse, the family business that is just barely keeping a roof over their heads. Katrina knows every aspect of the store, could probably run it in her sleep. I really like the "life" that the author gave her main character. There are so many books out there where the lead heroine comes from either a good home with both parents alive or occasionally may come from a single parent home. Being a teacher, I am quite surprised at how many kids live with their grandparents or another relative. While this story takes the tragic death angle, in real life kids that live with a relative are usually abandoned because many parents are unfit to take care of their child, some falling into alcoholism and drug abuse. So this story, from the very beginning, takes on a very realistic tone. The fact that Katrina must also work adds to it. While many other readers may find it sad that she has had to work from a very young age, I think this gives her character. She has a sense of responsibility and a set of business skills that many teenagers her age don't really obtain until they are in or finished college. This working life style is so second nature to Katrina that she doesn't realize until the end how important these skills are.Suzanne Selfors is also original with her angel mythology. Nowadays we have tons of vampire and werewolf books out there and I think it is safe to say that some of them can be boring because the mythology is the same. Angel themed books are becoming quite popular as I have just read two before this one. What makes Selfors' story stand out is that her angel, Malcolm, does not have wings on his back. Instead, his wings are located on the back of his feet, near his heels!Another unique thing about Malcolm is the fact that...he WEARS A KILT!!! FINALLY an author that is not afraid to try something different! I was beginning to think I was the only one left that thought men in kilts are SeXy! Oh and did I forget to mention he also has a wee bit of a Scottish brogue? ^_~Besides falling deeply in love with Malcolm, I also commend the author for creating such rich minor characters like Katrina's grandmother Anna and "The Boys," the group of old men that are fiercely loyal to the coffeehouse and its owners.Lastly, Suzanne Selfors' sense of humor is contagious! I found myself quite a few times laughing out loud. Not only is Katrina funny but some of the things that Malcolm does are adorable. Remember, Malcolm is an angel in between missions, his last being in Scotland. He really doesn't live anywhere, therefore he is unfamiliar with the type of foods say you or eye grew up eating. For example, there was a part in the book where he was just tasting everything; one minute he had a mouth full of jam, the next he was squirting mustard or ketchup in his mouth. There are definitely many LOL moments in this story.While I enjoyed Coffeehouse Angel, there are a couple of reasons why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. One reason is due to the lack of development in the author's angel mythology. If Selfors kept her mythology normal, such as Malcolm having wings on his back instead of on his heels, I wouldn't have questioned anything. However, as soon as it was revealed that Malcolm is not your "typical" angel, my curiosity was piqued and I was waiting for the author to explain more. I even at one point thought that she was mixing Greek Mythology into her story since the location of Malcolm's wings reminded me of Hermes, the "messenger" of the Greek gods. Oh, and did I forget to mention that Malcolm is also a "messenger"? Must I say more? There is nothing wrong with crossing mythologies, but
ReadingHammock on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This review was originally posted on my blog, The Reading Hammock (readinghammock.blogspot.com).I did not enjoy the beginning of this novel because it was too slow and Selfors spent too much time explaining the life of the main character, Katrina. Therefore, the major conflict was only introduced during the middle of the story. After the major conflict was introduced, the events thereafter did not significantly affect the conflict. I also felt that the ending of the story was abrupt and predictable. It lacked a sense of reality that is necessary in this type of novel, that combines fantasy and reality. I think that Selfors should have created a twisted ending so that people, like me, who enjoy thrillers, could find a greater appreciation for her story. Although my review sounds negative, there is one aspect of the story that made me read on. Selfors¿ had a great overall idea of adding fantasy into a realistic novel. I wouldn¿t say that one has to run to the bookstore to get this book but if you like realistic fiction I suggest that you try this one out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping they would have an epiloge so Malcom and Katrina can get married and have kids I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!! ; '
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute teenage angel, lonely girl • nothing new
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanna read this book can someone plz lend it to me i wuld really apreciate it ~~reaspond to emily
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent't read the fullbook but i hear it's awesome. There is some wierd stuff though. I mean, crappy stuff? Big boobs? And mainly, STARTING YOUR PIEROD!!! I know everybody goes through it but in a book,and in the beggining?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has you hoping. It'll make you see what is not there and to take your time with the people around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a seventh grader a a very quick reader. Would this book be worth my money?