Publisher: Walker & Company
Pub. Date: July 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: from author
When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . .
One word to describe this book: sweet. If you're tired of stories on depression and pain of lives or just want a reminder of how you used to love fun, loving fairy tales as a child, I suggest you get this book as soon as possible.
What I like about Coffeehouse Angel was that reading the book was like waking up to a sunshineful day. Even if you knew there'd be lots of trouble awaiting, you could still becertain that everything would be fine at the end. I felt light-hearted and happy from the very beginning to the end, which would be super helpful if you were in a bad mood and needed something to cheer you up. The writing was neat and alluring, doing a great job of keeping the readers eyes constantly on the pages though everything seemed very predictable.
Aside from having an ordinary fairy tale's quality, the book was also very funny. I think Suzanne Selfors was successful in creating the situations and unknotting them. How the coffee beans worked, how Katrina's life was messed up after that and finally how they found their way to live happily ever after. There was also one teenage problem that you might find engaging: self-understanding. It probably wouldn't tell you which path to choose for your future or help you figure out what your strength was but it'd encourage you to do so without much doubt.
It was so fun to have a real angel in the character crew. Malcolm was really sweet and definitely a very humorous but profound angel. Of course I love Katrina too, she was heartily nice but that didn't stop her from being crazy or silly. However, I have to admit that the romance between these two were a little bit weak. I didn't see much of a connection, just adoration like good friends. I found the confusion and the fight between Katrina and Vincent more compelling to be honest.
On the whole, Coffeehouse Angel was a lovely, charming book that you'd love to read. Specifically recommended to fans of fairy tales/who's still a child at heart.