Friday, May 20, 2011

REVIEW- Calling for Angels

Calling for Angels
by Alex Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads:  Em never believed in angels. That was until she met Zak and Kai… 

Em - shy, sensitive, with her head in the clouds - and Caitlyn - gorgeous, popular and talented - have been best friends forever, in a sleepy, nondescript town called Philiton. 

But when new boy Zak moves into town, Philiton suddenly becomes a much more interesting place. With his meltingly hot looks, sense of humour and a smile that has even the hardest-hearted girls falling at his feet, Zak has the female population of Philiton Comprehensive School convinced he's an angel. 

Usually, Caitlyn has the boys worshipping the ground she treads on, so it’s a shock when Zak seems to be more interested in Em. Cracks appear, tensions arise, but surely Em and Caitlyn’s lifelong friendship can survive? 

Em feels beset by demons. At home, she’s looking after her grandmother, who is slowly deteriorating, whilst despairing at her normally sensible brother, who is going off the rails just to fit in with the ‘right crowd’. Even Zak’s unexpected attention causes jealous girls to shower Em with spite – not least Caitlyn. If only she had a guardian angel… 

Then a second boy steps into Em’s life. Dark and brooding, a captive to the secrets of a past he’d rather forget, Kai, who has appeared as if from nowhere and fallen head over heels in love with Em, is the exact opposite of Zak. 

And although he may not seem like it, Kai is the real thing. He really is an angel.

My thoughts:I am amazed that this book was written by a 14 year old girl. She illustrated poise and maturity beyond her years. I was impressed by the organization and writing style that she presented.

Em is a 14 year old girl going through some struggles. She is faced with the death of people that she loves. She is having problems with her friends and dealing with substance abuse by one of the members of her family.

One day she came across a gypsy woman who gave her the opportunity to pick a guardian angel. She quickly grabbed the closest one, a wooden figure of a boy and Kai became her guardian angel.

Kai is struggling with his own problems. He did something in life, that we are never given a clear answer on in the book, that kept him from entering the Pearly Gates. He is given a second chanced to make things right by becoming Em's guardian angel.

This is a sweet book. It is a great read and not very long. It was very interesting for me to note the grammatical differences between the US and Britain.   I want to share one quote from the book that makes sense to me. It is one of those, duh... why didn't I think about that statements.

"When you're a teenager, you're old enough to know what is happening around you, yet you're too young to be taken seriously. No wonder we have so much angst and so many tantrums." pg. 76

I loved the message in the book.  This book lets you know that it's OK to be yourself and not be a "clone".  Don't try to be like everyone else to fit in. Real friends will accept you for who you are, not what they want you to be.  This book is clean and is appropriate for tweens on up.

I received this book to review from the Early Reviewers program at Library Thing.

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