Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: July 12, 2009
Coffeehouse Angel wasn't groundbreaking; it didn't bring anything fresh to the book community. This doesn't change the fact that it was quite adorable and is officially my all-time favorite "angel" book and will probably be a Summer read for years to come.Katrina works in her grandmother's coffe shop. Unfortunately, the old norwegian-style coffe shop isn't bringing in money like it used to because the new coffeehouse, Java Heaven is more hip and therefore stole all the costumers.One day before school, Katrina notices a homeless boy in the alley next the the shop. After calling her best friend, Vincent (and him telling her to keep away), she leaves him coffee, old pastries, and chocolate covered coffee beans.Turns out this boy is actually an angel, and now he is determined to pay Katrina back for her selfless deed. But, will he cause more problems than he can solve?I think what I love most was that a lot of people, especially myself, could relate to Katrina. She doesn't quite know where she fits in the world. She is an average student, doesn't do extracurricular activities, and she hasn't found something she is passionate about (besides the coffee shop, of course). Another thing about her is that she didn't fall for Malcolm (our angel) right away. Actually, she kind of resented him following her around. Not that I blame her, after pretty much the whole student body thinking she has slept with him.Malcolm's character was amazing, as well. His ignorance of the human world, despite him being there so often, is adorable.Then there are Katrina's best friends, Elizabeth and Vincent. Elizabeth is the spoiled rich friend who hasn't worked a day in her life. Quite the opposite of Katrina, she knows what she wants in life and strives for it. Vincent is her closest friend. They've been inseperable since the fouth grade.Like Elizabeth, he also knows what he wants. Unlike her, he and Katrina hit some rough patches throughout the book. Their confrontations were a bit heart-wrenching to think about because of some things were said.The main antagonist, Mr. Darling, is an ass. He pretty much harasses Grandma Anna in every scene he's in. I wanted to go through the book and rip his head off. He was so mean!Like I said, this book was really good. Adorably so. If you are looking for a light read, pick this up.