Author: Suzanne Selfors
Publisher: Walker & Company
When a random act of kindness involves Katrina with Malcolm, a handsome teenage guardian angel intent on fulfilling her greatest wish, fame and fortune seem like the most 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?- summary from goodreads.com
:) Ok, before I begin with all the aw's and squee's, let me give you some important background info. This story takes place in a small town named Nordby, WA. We follow 16-year-old, orphaned, Katrina Svensen, who lives with her grandmother and helps run their struggling old-world coffeehouse. Katrina is desperately trying to balance a normal life with having to help her grandmother pay the bills and keeping up with her best friends Vincent, a talented swimmer, and Elizabeth, an artist.
One morning, Katrina notices a homeless man sleeping in the alley behind the coffee shop. Despite the weight on Katrina's shoulders, she leaves him some day old pastries and fresh coffee. That same day at school, Katrina sees the same homeless man (more like handsome young stud), Malcolm, at her school’s assembly announcing that he must reward Katrina's unselfish deed with her greatest desire.
It turns our Malcolm is a messenger angel and won’t leave Katrina alone until she gets what her heart most desires. Telling a stranger what you most desire should be easy, right?
This book was such a great, cute, romantic read! It’s a thoroughly enjoyable story of forgiveness, redemption and selflessness (it even got me analyzing myself). Katrina had me laughing, awww-ing, crying and I’ll admit, at times I’d get frustrated with her for having such low self esteem. But I really did adore her. Katrina is a sweetheart and her emotions are so precise you actually experience her distress for the problems in her life. I often times found myself powerless and wishing I could be in the story just so I could lend a hand to Katrina and her grandmother.
Besides Katrina, I really enjoyed the supporting characters. One of the things we typically see with YA books is that supporting characters are one dimensional and boring. Not in Coffeehouse Angel. Mrs. Selfors did an awesome job at portraying great characters! My favorite has to be Heidi Darling, who in my opinion, acted more like a real teenager than any other teen I’ve read about. Not to mention her father, who played the role of villain perfectly. I single-handedly wanted to destroy the notorious Java Heaven. I got very emotional when Vincent went over to the dark side…. (Read the book. You’ll see what I mean!)
Coffeehouse Angel seriously is such a cute story that will have you smiling until the end. This was one of those books you simply could not put down... Hat's off to Mrs, Selfors! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more of her books ;)