This is not that story.
Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.
Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.
When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.
Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly.
Devine Intervention is original and refreshing on so many levels. I loved this book because of the sweet balance between laughter and crying. The main concept of the book is somewhat depressing (since it includes death and family grieving), but Brockenbrough makes me cry from laughing so hard. Seeing things from Jerome's point of view will have you grinning throughout the novel, guaranteed. Reading about Heidi will somber you up a bit and probably make you sad. The balance between both characters works its miracle though.
Both the main characters aren't very hard to understand. Jerome is very easily a jerk. He's someone that you wouldn't like in real life and yet he worms his way into your heart just as quickly as he has you laughing. It's tough to not find yourself attached to him in the end. He's a troubled guy, but in his heart he knows what's right and would sacrifice anything (even going to Hell for an eternity) for the ones he loves. It's almost heartbreaking. There isn't really anything that annoyed me about him. His way of seeing things is very realistic and he definitely sounds like a teenage guy. He was immensely flawed (compared to other angels in other books) and it was incredibly refreshing.
Heidi wasn't like most heroines. She was willing for one, and not a whiner. The main reason why I loved her character so much is because she wasn't perfect. She's not a cheerleader, she's really tall, not skinny, not very pretty, and she even had some very horrifyingly embarrassing moments (like really humiliating). I admired her sacrifice sometimes and it hurt to see things through her point of view. She was suffering just as much as her family and friends were. If Jerome wasn't there to have me cracking up, I'm sure I would be bawling my eyes out with her. And it takes a whole lot of courage to do the things she did.
Other than the characters, the plot was interesting. It wasn't really that captivating and it had a couple of glitches, but I enjoyed the originality. One problem I had though, was the pacing. It was all over the place. The beginning started off smooth enough with a gradual pace, and then it slowed down, and then it sped, and then it slowed down, and then it sped up... it felt like I was on a roller-coaster (not one of the fun ones). It got me annoyed and I seriously felt like skipping pages to get to the real action.
Apart from the pacing, there wasn't anything major that I disliked.
Overall, Devine Intervention is a fun, light read that I recommend if you feel like laughing. The characters were entertaining and definitely unique. I would totally come back to reread this one.