Devine Intervention by Martha BrockenbroughDevine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough

Devine Intervention

byMartha Brockenbrough

Hardcover | June 1, 2012

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Heavenly writing, earthy characters, and humor that is wicked as hell

Heidi is seventeen. Insecure. Unkissed. Unremarkable, she thinks, in every way but one: She has a guardian angel, Jerome, who whispers in her ear all day long, amusing her, confusing her, but hardly ever saying anything that might help her discover who she's meant to be.

Jerome is also seventeen (for the seventeenth year in a row). There is only one thing he needs to do to graduate from heaven's soul rehabilitation program for wayward teenagers: Follow the Ten Commandments for the Dead, and in doing so, keep Heidi safe. Instead, he accidentally lets her drown.

Plucked from her body before she ever truly lives, Heidi wants more than anything to say good-bye to her family and best friend. Jerome, afraid he's going to be sent to the lowest level of Hell, wants to sneak her into heaven before he gets caught.

Neither realizes that Heidi has only twenty-four hours before her soul dissolves forever. And that might not be enough time for them to figure out how they were meant to live.

Martha Brockenbrough has worked as a newspaper reporter, a high school teacher, and as editor of MSN.com. She is a devoted grammarian, and founded National Grammar Day and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG). Martha is also the social media diva for readergirlz, the nonprofit literacy organization that received the In...
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Title:Devine InterventionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.69 × 0.99 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545382130

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Contemporary With a Touch of the Divine When I first read the hilarious book summary for Devine Intervention, my interest was captured and I was eager to learn more about Martha Brockenbrough's debut YA novel. It's a book featuring angels, but definitely not the paranormal kind who usually set your heart aflutter and swooning. I would describe Devine Intervention as more of a contemporary novel with a touch of the divine. Heidi and Jerome are exact opposites, yet they manage to have a strange friendship that goes beyond Jerome being her terrible guardian angel. He's not supposed to interfere or talk to her, but he long ago broke those rules. In fact, Jerome lost his guardian angel handbook, not that he would actually admit what he had done to his superiors. When Jerome makes a foolish mistake and Heidi pays the price, he has to make things rights before it's too late— for both of them. For as long as Heidi can remember, she has always heard Jerome's voice in her head, giving her crazy suggestions and comforting her in his own way when she needed it most. She has always played things safe, whereas Jerome has never been able to fit the mold. Even though Jerome is technically dead and all the while Heidi is the one who's living, they both still have so many life lessons to learn from each other. Everyone in the novel, including the guardian angels, had their own quirks in personality, which I found absolutely endearing... but also kind of annoying after awhile, too? Sometimes, the jokes would run around in circles and I just wanted to get straight to the point. Devine Intervention is definitely a satirical take on the afterlife, one aiming to bring out the laughs. Martha Brockenbrough's Devine Intervention is a surprisingly thoughtful and heartwarming tale which explores the moments we regret in life and the possibility of second chances. I had no idea what to expect for the ending, so I held my breath in anticipation as the final pages drew nearer, hoping for the best for both Heidi and Jerome. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/05/devine-intervention-by-martha.html
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, Snarky and tons of fun The Good Stuff The perfect book for reading after something dark and depressing The dialogue is laugh out loud funny Unique premise on the angel genre An Angel book that I enjoyed - seriously didn't think that could happen Couldn't put it down I was having so much fun reading it Fabulous beginning - knew I was going to like this from page one The cover is delightful Some beautiful and true observations on how to live life & about real courage Parents weren't total losers (must always give extra dewey's when adult characters aren't useless jerks) Perfect ending Guys this is just a really sweet, snarky and fun book - go buy (or support your local library & if you are in Calgary tell them I am awesome and need a job) The Not So Good Stuff Cat is tortured (come on I didn't have to know the details - in author's defense it wasn't overly descriptive, but still sickened me) Jeremy was a little too dumb for me at times, just wanted to smack him (that being said he was quite a realistic character) Favorite Quotes/Passages "But you're not here because you care about costs! Let us not mince words! You're here because: 1. You are dead; 2, You were a troublemaker in your earthly form: and 3. Your only alternative is an eternity spent in the nine layers of hell." "The video cut to a part that showed how in the olden days, every angel watched over a human, but then the population got out of hand, and angels started demanding the right to enjoy their deaths without having to do stuff. Pretty soon, the rehab angels were the only guardians left, and there was only enough of us for one in ten people o so to have one." "A Cam. Howard would have been rich if he'd stayed alive. That had to burn. Before we died, computer geniuses were the dorks who dreamed of inventing robot girlfriends because the real thing wouldn't go near them for a million years. Over the next few years, those guys became zillionaires with hot chicks in their basements. Live ones. Who didn't charge." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Not for those looking for something dark and angsty Other than that enjoyable for both young and old YA readers 4.25 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humorous, Deep and Unforgettable I love angel novels and, as I have said many times, they are my favorite mythological beings. However, Devine Intervention was nothing like the angel books I have read before. In fact, this is a very different twist from the book of Enoch. This is a story with emotional weight and a beautiful philosophy that will definitely move readers and make them think about the meaning of life. The story is told from dual points of view. Jerome, a soul in rehabilitation, is the main character and his chapters are told in first person. Then, there is Heidi whose chapters are in third person. Jerome is such a hilarious boy. He is in the rehab heavenly program ans has been assigned to be Heidi's guardian angel in order to become a better soul and seek redemption. However, Jerome is, and has always been, a rebel without a cause. He doesn't study and he didn't even read "The Guardian Angel's Handbook" (which appears in between chapters! I love that about this book) so he breaks the rules without even knowing. On the other hand there's Heidi who has been hearing Jerome's voice in her head since she was a toddler and she pretty much think she is going schizo. There is a lot behind the hilarious dialogues between the characters and I praise the author's skill to write a poignant story with such lighthearted feeling. Devine Intervention, as I previously said, is nothing like the other angel books I have read before.Actually, this book feels like a contemporary novel with an in-between and afterlife twist. In addition, I love the feeling of this novel. It is funny, very enjoyable and the characters are highly captivating. Jerome is specially memorable. I love his recklessness and his bad-boy manners (needlessly to mention the creepy arrow sticking out of his forehead). Yet, he still changes (for good) thanks to the many years he has been around Heidi. Having said that, I think that the subtle and innocent romance that blooms between Jerome and Heidi makes the story even more touching and beautiful. Humorous and unforgettable, Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough is a beautifully written and meaningful story about life (and after) that will leave readers full of hope and happiness. People seeking for a refreshing, relevant and heavenly read will certainly devour this one!
Date published: 2012-07-04

Read from the Book

From Devine InterventionShe finally spoke in a low and terrible voice. "Did you know about this?""About what?" From experience I knew the best answer to this question was usually "no.""About what happens to souls if they don't go to heaven in twenty-four hours.""Uhhh," I said."Jerome!" she said. "My soul will DISSIPATE in twenty-four hours if I don't get into Heaven! Do you even know what that means?" She was shouting at me."No?" I said.She started crying again. Huge tears."It means," she said, stopping every once in a while, "it means I'm going to disappear. We have been goofing around and sniffing cookies and not getting any messages through to the people I love, and I have-" She stopped to look at the clock on her bedside table. "I have only about fourteen hours left until I am gone forever. FOREVER."She crumpled herself on the floor like an old Kleenex and cried. "I hate you, Jerome. I hate you."

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Devine Intervention"Brockenbrough devises a devilishly clever narrative...Beneath the snark, though, runs a current of devastatingly honest writing that surprises with its occasional beauty and hits home with the keenness of its insight." -Kirkus"Brockenbrough's first book for teens [is] so much fun. Underneath the occasionally risqué humor and unexpected plot twists...is an insightful story about seizing life for all it's worth while you have the chance." -Publishers Weekly"Brockenbrough's droll style delivers some laugh-out-loud moments. Reluctant readers will find the Heidi-Jerome dynamic entertaining and heartrending." -School Library Journal