Sunday, October 18, 2009

Review: Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she leaves him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tidy him over, never expecting this random act of kindness to turn her life upside down. The adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is actually a real 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.

Suzanne Selfors' YA novel Coffeehouse Angel was a surprisingly fun read. Both funny and poetic, the novel successfully dealt with a spectrum of themes and motifs, including the search of one's purpose in life, responsibilities, fears, self-confidence, life and death. The author managed to do all of this without preaching, and although the book risked being a Christian propaganda piece from the very title, it is a greatly delivered story.

Of course, it is majorly important that the protagonist is well-characterized. Katrina is very relatable, and a great portrayal of teenagers. The book may be PG, but all the necessary problems teenagers go through are addressed, which was a pleasant surprise. People dealing with Twilight post-partum depression, might just find an adequate replacement in the form of Coffeehouse Angel.

Thanks to Suzanne Selfors for sending me an autographed ARC of the book, as well as many promotional goodies. Word on the street is, this book might soon be featured in a giveaway on this blog. So, drop by regularly.


RATING: 5/5

7 comments:

Marie said...

sounds cute :-)

Lorna said...

Sounds like a fun read! Especially suffering, as I am, from Twilight post-partum depression....

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds cute! Glad it didn't get preachy. I really don't like that.

Ceri said...

Aww, this sounds like a sweet story. Ever since It's a Wonderful Life I love anything with guardian angels.

Melissa (My World) said...

This sounds like a wonderful read! I really like the idea of a book that shows good things. It sounds as the main character here has a positive view and wants to help. This is a great thing to pass on to others and a little of a lesson in the hidding. Great idea!

Thanks for the review.

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

This sounds like such a cute book, and I love anything that has to do with coffee!
I will have to watch out for a giveaway, if the word on the street is correct.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I think this looks like a good read - and obviously you did too! :)