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Repossessed Paperback – December 30, 2008
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“Jenkins’s writing remains lean, mean and to-the-point. Kiriel’s search packs an intriguingly deep wallop.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Funny and heartwarming. The demon’s winning mix of cocksureness and inadvertent bungling should resonate with teens.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.
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The author did a couple of things extremely well. The book is a first-person narration, and Kiriel's voice is terrific. This reader really felt his wonder at things like eating Froot Loops for the first time, or experiencing his first kiss. The relationships, particularly the one between Shaun/Kiriel and Shaun's younger brother, are so well done. The author also did a great job maintining suspense--Kiriel never gets to quite settle into his role because things keep knocking him out of it. Despite the pace, however, Kiriel has time to reflect on what is happening to him.
I found the ending perplexing. This reader was really torn by it. On the one hand, we want Kiriel to be able to stay on earth and not return to Hell. Yet we don't want him to go to heaven, which is boring. Yet we're never quite allowed to forget that a human boy, Shaun, inhabited the body before. I think the ending the author chose was the right one, yet somehow I wanted more for Kiriel.
Highly recommended, and more thought-provoking than you might expect from the cover.
First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you get a whole different view of daily life.
Seconds before the actual truck/teen collision, Kiriel slips into Shaun's body. Kiriel, a demon who prefers to call himself a "fallen angel," sees the perfect opportunity to find that needed break from his dull duties. He wants more out of "life." He wants to feel it and experience it first hand.
Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel is able to experience what he has only previously observed. This is his first actual look at the world through human eyes. Amazing! There's the feel and texture of everything from food, especially ketchup, to clothing against his skin. Fabulous! And that two-and-a-half hours spent in the bathtub make him wonder why humans don't constantly bathe. Kiriel finds himself wondering how humans can live such exciting daily lives and still express the desire for further adventures.
To Kiriel the real world is not all about just the physical experience. As he deals with Shaun's family, a divorced mother and his younger brother, Jason, he learns that love and the emotional side of life can be an unexpected roller coaster ride of its own.
A.M. Jenkins's demon makes us see what is really around us and perhaps makes us more understanding and grateful for how precious life is.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
So starts this tale of a fallen angel's experiences in a teen's body. Instead of wanting to create havoc and destruction the author has the fallen angel want to experience all life has to offer. From the joy of baths, the sweetness of Fruit Loops cereal, to the beauty of a girl's eyes and hair. He even tries to warn a bully--one he knows he'll have to deal with in hell--to the shock and amusement of others.
I really enjoyed this tale. Fun and a fast paced read, you can't help but hope the fallen angel can stay. Also it makes you want to experience the joy and wonder of things we take for granted in our lives.
However, a caveat: This book is definitely too mature for middle school classrooms and libraries. Kiriel frankly discusses masturbation in the first two chapters. One of three main quests which drives the plot forward is his desire for "sexual intercourse" and his plans for conquest. The author doesn't give explicit details, but the discussion alone is enough to cause squeamishness and confusion in some kids. Repossessed is aimed squarely at the over 14 crowd, and should probably be used as a pleasure read only, rather than teacher assigned.
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Repossessed, repossessed a book I can go on an on about in this review alas like the Author I shall make this quick, easy and quite frankly human. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cory Burch
This is such a good book I couldn't put it down and when I did, I couldn't wait to pick it back up.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
I wasn't too crazy about it. The book didn't quite develop the characters as well as I had hoped, but I did like the main character. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by jack byrd
Bought this book for my granddaughter to read. She said it was a really good read and seemed to really enjoy it. I read parts of it and will later read it all.Published on June 29, 2013 by love2read
"First lesson learned: Knowing doesn't hold a candle to doing." This is what our demon, or as he likes to be called, "fallen Angel", named kiriel believes. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Dave
I enjoyed this Young Adult novel about one of Satan's helpers, a "fallen angel" who has been in Hell oh, maybe 10,000 years, and is sent on Earth to take, for a very brief period... Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Ohioan
REPOSSESSED is definitely one you might want to consider saving to read until you are safely alone... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Kindle Customer