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Coffeehouse Angel

Coffeehouse Angel

4.4 158
by Suzanne Selfors

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When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian


When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions, and now he won't leave until he can reward Katrina's selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Fame and fortune seem like the obvious requests, but after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. How can she tell him the truth, when her heart's desire has become Malcolm himself?

Fans of romantic comedies will be clamoring for this heartfelt novel that is good to the last drop.

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“Good to the last drop.” —Midwest Book Review

“This book is a spin-off of the familiar genie-in-a-lamp fairytale, but it has some new and refreshing twists to make it worthwhile. It will appeal to teens as they mature through high school.” —VOYA

“A light but warm story full of lovable, quirky people with realistic struggles, this book affectionately portrays the insecurity and uncertainty every young adult feels growing up, and the power of love, friendship, and community to draw out vibrant strengths and gifts each person can offer to others.” —Lemuria Bookstore Blog (online)

“Coffeehouse Angel is the perfect book to curl up alongside with on a rainy dreary day. It will infuse your heart with warmth and make you smile.” —The Book Butterfly (online)

Publishers Weekly
When 16-year-old Katrina leaves coffee and pastries for the homeless guy sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse, she has no idea he's actually an angel named Malcolm, who will change her life by giving her coffee beans that will bring her what she most desires. Katrina is skeptical, even after her best friend, Vincent, drinks coffee from the first bean and gains fortune, and the second bean is eaten by the coffeehouse cat, Ratcatcher, who becomes famous for killing a huge wharf rat. Instead, she is too busy worrying about aggressive attempts by neighboring coffee shop Java Heaven to drive them out of business. When Vincent starts dating Heidi, daughter of the owner of Java Heaven, the friends have a falling out. Bits of Scandinavian culture lace Selfors's (Saving Juliet) smalltown America setting, and she ties up the loose ends nicely. Though this airy story is slow to start, the conclusion will satisfy. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Ellen Frank
Everyone dreams of being rescued by an angel who will grant one's every desire. In this modern-day fairytale, orphaned Katrina lives with her grandmother and works in her coffee shop, which is being threatened by Java Heaven, a fictional Starbucks-type of place. As the plot unfolds, her only two friends, Elizabeth and Vincent, are slowly turning away, and Katrina herself is beginning to feel like a failure as she struggles with college applications. One day, Katrina gives some day-old pastries to a homeless man, Malcolm, an angel from Scotland. He wants to reward her for her good deed by granting her one wish. Malcolm seems to be the answer to all of Katrina's problems, but his offer only adds more complications into her life. This light read is right for teens struggling with self-confidence issues. Katrina's "closet of failures" is a euphemism for all the uncompleted projects Katrina has started, something with which most teens are overly familiar. Although the protagonist deals with loneliness, illness, aging, and competition in this coming-of-age novel, it is a humorous read. Selfors even makes fun of popular vampire bestsellers. This book is a spin-off of the familiar genie-in-a-lamp fairytale, but it has some new and refreshing twists to make it worthwhile. It will appeal to teens as they mature through high school. Reviewer: Ellen Frank
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In quaint, Scandinavian Nordby, WA, orphaned high school sophomore Katrina Svensen lives above her grandmother's struggling old-world coffeehouse. College applications are due, and she's desperate to discover a true talent, like best friends Vincent, a trophy-laden swimmer, and Elizabeth, an artist, have. Opening the coffeehouse one morning, Katrina discovers a young man prostrate in its alley. Assuming he's homeless or on a bender, she leaves him day-old pastries and fresh coffee, then locks herself inside and calls Vincent. The next time Katrina sees the handsome vagrant, Malcolm, he's declaring in school assembly that he must reward Katrina's unselfish deed with her greatest desire. Malcolm's a messenger angel, but his several attempts to grant the girl's heart's desire go awry. Naming this desire proves difficult for her as she wonders whether she should choose to keep the rival coffeehouse's owner away from her grandmother's business and his daughter away from Vincent, find her passion, or perhaps keep the handsome Malcolm around. Readers may relate, but may also lose patience with Katrina's constant self-criticism. Sometimes this more-tell-than-show book fluctuates between frothiness and weighty drama. The adults portrayed are often pliable, unrealistic, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate. But a G-rated supernatural romance with interesting twists at its neatly tied up conclusion will appeal to readers looking for light chick-lit.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Self-deprecating to a fault, Katrina is also fiercely loyal-to her quaint Pacific Northwest town, to her Grandma Anna's sadly outdated coffeehouse and to her high-achieving friends Vincent and Elizabeth. Katrina's focus on others lets her neglect her own entrepreneurial ambitions, so the task of nudging Katrina toward fulfilling her dreams and desires falls to Malcolm, the unnervingly cute and apparently homeless guy Katrina finds sleeping behind the coffeehouse. Malcolm is actually a low-level angel toiling as a messenger for Heaven, whose tendency to grow overly involved with the humans he meets lands him in hot water. After a series of false starts-he's busy with a challenging delivery, she's seething with jealousy when Vincent begins dating her nemesis, the daughter of a loathsome rival coffeehouse owner-girl and angel work together to save Anna's coffeehouse and get Malcolm out of trouble with The Boss. Although the plot lacks momentum and the romance between Katrina and Malcolm is over almost before it's begun, there's sufficient charm to get readers-steaming mug of coffee in hand-through a chilly afternoon. (Fantasy. YA)

Product Details

Walker & Company
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Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.07(d)
HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet 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 Bainbridge Island, Washington. www.suzanneselfors.com

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Coffeehouse Angel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 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.
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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
Is this a good book. Rey to heather
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?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was not my cup of tea. i don't recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book! Worth the money!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story
quix689 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim a few weeks (possibly months) ago, and I've been reading it a little bit at a time since then. It sounded like a cute, silly romantic story, and that was what I felt like reading at the time. This book was definitely different than I expected it to be, though not necessarily in a bad way. The romance was actually a much smaller part of the novel than I expected. This novel really has four plotlines. The first follows Katrina as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life. The second focuses on family as Katrina and her grandmother try to save their old world coffee shop. The third focuses on friendship and betrayal, as Katrina's best friend starts hanging out with the daughter of the owner of a rival coffee shop. The fourth focuses on Katrina's relationship with Malcolm, the angel. There are also several subplots. It sounds like there's a lot going on, but I think it works. The different threads weave together nicely. Everything wraps up a little too nicely in the end, but I'm still impressed overall. The characters in this book are fantastic, as is the world-building. I've always considered world-building a fantasy/sci-fi thing, but it definitely applies here. They live in a small town in the Northwest that still follows Old World traditions, and Selfors did a great job of describing the town. I could picture all the people and events, and it felt like a real place. The characters also felt real. They all have distinct personalities and their own problems going on. Everything doesn't revolve around Katrina and her problems, which was nice. That said, most of the novel did focus on Katrina, and it was nice to read about a character who didn't have it all figured out yet. I loved her "closet of failure" or whatever it was that she called it, which was filled with projects she had started and given up on when she figured out that that wasn't her talent. I could definitely relate to that, and it was fun watching as she eventually figured out what she wanted to do with her life. While the writing was great overall, there were a few things that bothered me about this novel. The main thing that bothered me was that the romance just sort of appears all of a sudden. I did eventually grow to like Malcolm and hope that he and Katrina would get to be together, but that wasn't until long after she first thought about kissing him. It just seemed a bit forced at first. Another thing I didn't like was the already-mentioned fact that everything just sort of falls together in the end. Katrina does work to make this happen, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but I still think a lot of luck was involved at the end. The next paragraph contains a minor spoiler involving a minor side character. If you don't want to know anything about the end, skip this paragraph: The last thing that bothered me is a much smaller part of the book, something that most people probably don't care about but which really bothered me. The daughter of the competing coffee shop is an overachiever. The principal holds her up as a shining example of a student, and she's constantly doing something to help other people. We're clearly supposed to find her annoying, and she only becomes less annoying at the end of the novel, once her father is no longer "forcing" her to be an overachiever. So she's forgiven for being an overachiever because she didn't actually want to be. Why wasn't it enough that she was a nice person who also did a lot of things? Overall, this was an enjoyable book. The writing was decent, the description fabulous, and the characters realistic and easy to cheer for. If you're looking for a light, quick read, this is a good one to pick up. It's also like $1.60 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, so it's definitely not a big risk if you end up not liking it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every word of it. It was a light hearted, feel good sort of book. Very adorable. Good, too, not just fluff. Great writing, great characters, great everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See im a f uckin differnt angel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well im sorry to hear that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good I read it when I was 9 years old so I recommend this to 9 year olds and up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you would like to tell me, title your review "to animal girl". Please put a real age not for teens or tweens or what ever. Please help this nice girl. F.Y.I Im a bookworm. And a geek.