ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published August 20, 2013. Roaring Book Press. 342 pp.
Fourteen-year-old Jenna is the world’s most awkward middle schooler and babysitter. She spends half the book bemoaning the ugly clothes her “communist” mother buys in bulk, while stumbling and mumbling her way awkwardly through every situation (including babysitting) in the other half.
No one is more surprised than she when Luke, the hottest guy she’s ever seen, seems to like her. Turns out Luke was killed during the Revolutionary War and is now an angel posing as a teen boy sent to protect her from Adam, also killed during said War, posing as another teen but really a bad demon. Adam wants Jenna’s pendant, an ugly necklace that can keep Adam here in the modern world wrecking havoc forever. Jenna is supposed to protect the necklace from him, by always keeping it around her neck. Luke is supposed to protect Jenna but is too worried about getting in trouble with his boss to do much protecting. Meanwhile, Jenna is clueless about any of this, and only has eyes for Luke. Got it so far?
The plot of bad boy demon and good boy angel have been done before by many, many authors, but their story lines were so much better. A line like “I’ll get you and your little pendant too!” had me rolling my eyes in disbelief. Michael Jackson songs always played whenever Adam and Luke were together, in between scenes from “Fiddler on the Roof,” while Jenna continually bumbled her way through everything. It was confusion and total unbelievability on a massive scale.
I wanted to toss the book, and my cookies, but kept reading so I could review it for your sake. I don’t recommend reading it, but will leave it up to you to decide if you should read it or not.