Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis GillSoul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill

Soul Enchilada

byDavid Macinnis Gill

Paperback | August 31, 2010

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The devil made 'em do it.

Girl meets boy at a car wash. And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance . . . except that the girl's grandfather sold his soul for a classic Cadillac and he used her soul as collateral, too. Which the devil has come to collect, along with the car. Now eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot has to fight for both. Good thing she knows how to fight dirty. Good thing nothing frightens Bug Smoot: not the repo man, not the paranormal creatures, not séances or driving too fast. And good thing that boy from the car wash is actually a supernatural secret agent.

This is one helluva ride.

David Macinnis Gill lives with his family in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the author ofBlack Hole Sun,Invisible Sun, andShadow on the Sun, as well asSoul Enchilada.
Title:Soul EnchiladaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006167303X

ISBN - 13:9780061673030

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Fun The thing that made this book great for me was Bug. I don't know what it was about her, but she sort of just kicked down my mental door, waltzed in and yelled for me to sit down and pay attention. I loved everything about her, from her physical description (Half-Mexican, half African-american,just over five feet and built for basketball) that made me want to draw her so badly, to the way she dealt with things (rarely did she act with the grace and aplomb expected of most female characters, and instead reacted with fast driving, spam-slinging and cutthroat basketball. She has a lot of attitude). She just felt so real, and there were scenes where I could see what was happening in my mind's eye and again, I had an overwhelming urge to put pencil to paper because what I was getting was so clear. This carried through to a lot of other parts of the book - Gill has a talent for painting pictures with words. Even the action scenes felt like they were playing out in my head. I can count on two fingers, (so, like, twice) the times it said someone did something and I was like, "what? I can't imagine that. Inner animator isn't getting the message. Huh." With everything else, it was like there was a movie in my brain. Some good books are like chocolate cake - the words themselves taste really good and you lose yourself in the act of reading, (like Railsea, by China Meiville - another favorite.) In others, like this one, the word choice doesn't matter all that much because the images they convey are so strong. It's simple and easy to read, but incredibly vivid. Another thing I like about Gill's books was that he's fond of making up his own expletives. It was a lot more pronounced in his Black Hole Sun series, because they're in a whole other world, but even here, set in a recognizable place, he manages to throw in slang that feels natural. There's a good bit of real slang too, but I enjoy his method of making up words because you can still get all the frustration and purpose of the words without them being offensive. (I don't like swear words.) I could write more about this book - the way the setting comes alive, or the supporting characters, or the way I laughed out loud at several points - but I really want to go draw Bug Smoot now, so I'll leave you with this: Read this book. It is good.
Date published: 2016-12-14

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