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Teen review: Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

My name’s Leo. I’m a ninth grader at Pittsburgh Obama Academy 6-12 (Also known as IB High and formerly Schenley). I’m a gender-queer, lesbian, mentally ill writer. I’ll be reviewing books, with occasional graphic novels and music — I mostly read fantasy and horror, and listen to various forms of rock.

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

Kiriel, a small time demon and mirror of souls in hell, is sick of hanging around in Hell doing pretty much nothing. So he decides to take a much-needed, illicit vacation, and steal the body of Shaun, high school student and slacker, right before Shaun would have stepped into the pathway of a truck. The book takes us through Kiriel’s exploration of human life.

This book was better in concept than execution. Kiriel’s first person narrative was entertaining enough, and Jenkins did have a frank, but non-explicit, portrayal of teenage sexuality, but overall this was not a terribly memorable book. The prose was mediocre, the events less than interesting, and the whole thing relied too much on embarrassment for humor and plot. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, it’s a fairly quick read and entertaining, but I’m not going to rate it as part of my top hundred YA books.

Despite this, the handling of angels and demons was surprisingly non-cliché and interesting, and the ending was emotionally satisfying – more so than the rest of the book combined. If the concept sounds fascinating to you it’s worth picking up at the library, but it’s not worth the money, or the time if you’re not already interested.


4 Responses

  1. Sounds decent enough. I’ll give it a read.

  2. Nice on! Would you like a target, barnes & noble, or eat n’ park gift card, Ty?

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