Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens

August 15th, 2009

Pages: 296
Rating: 5 flowers
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

My Thoughts:

HEAVENLY is such an emotional, touching story that gives readers an insight on powerful family bonds and self-discovery.

I was so happy when Jennifer Laurens send me a review copy of this book. She even signed it for me! I had heard mixed things about Heavenly so I wanted to see for myself if it was going to be one of my most recommended reads of 2010 (even though it came out last year). Needless to say, it definitely became one of them!

Zoe's life has been a constant struggle ever since her 5-year-old sister, Abria, was diagnosed with autism. Her parents are so overwhelmed with the responsibility of having a child with autism that they don't really pay as much attention to their two older children. Zoe and her brother, Luke, turn to other things like alcohol and drugs to get away from the overwhelming life at home with their little sister. Then she meets Matthias, who not only captures her heart but begins to bring her back down the right path.

I don't want to give too much away about the plot but I can say that the story is absolutely beautiful and the characters were well written. At first, I did not like Zoe. She seemed to be just a little selfish in the brat department. Always talking about how much she hated living with Abria. As I read more into the book, I began to like her better and even sympathized with her. You get to see how hard it must be to live with a little child who has autism. It definietely is a consatant struggle since Abria has no sense of danger, so that is where Matthias comes in. Abria's gaurdian angel. I loved the way Jennifer Laurens portrayed him. I wish I had a Matthias of my own. *insert long sigh here*

Overall, HEAVENLY is such a heavenly book if you are looking for a quick but life-changing read. And the ending! OH MY GOSH! It had me in tears! I was so upset I didn't have the second book on hand with me. I can't wait till I buy the second. This is definitely a book that after you finish reading, you will ditch your TBR pile in order to read the second book right away!


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jenniferlaurens said...

Thanks for the insightful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. Since it's rather autobiographical, it makes me happy when readers come away with a deeper understanding of life with autism and life with challenges - and how we choose to handle those challenges!

brandileigh2003 said...

I loved this book. The characters and storyline is amazing. My whole family is reading this book. I am wondering why the amazon copy of absolution is 800 dollars.... and not released yet....

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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