Title: Coffeehouse Angel
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Published: July 21 2009, Walker Books for Young Readers
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Fantasy
Cover Score: B+
Overall Rating: A
Katrina's grown up around coffee. As the granddaughter of Anna Svensen of Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse, she's used to waking up at 6:00 AM to brew coffee. But one morning changes everything for Katrina, when she spots a homeless man sleeping in the coffeehouse's alley and decides to leave him some coffee and pastries. Little does she know, the homeless man is actually an angel named Malcolm, who is around her age and has an important message to deliver in Katrina's town, Nordby. But he insists he must pay back her good deed. Katrina could ask for anything--customers for their slowly sinking business, her friendship troubles to be resolved, the popular rival Java Heaven coffee shop next door to go out of business, her parents to come back, or for her grandmother's health to improve. But what happens when what she really wants is for Malcolm to stay?
My thoughts: I was so pleasantly surprised by Coffeehouse Angel! The summary on the back totally mislead me, making it seem like the whole book was a light story about an angel and romance, etc. However, I found the plot to be quite different! I loved how Ms. Selfors combined lots of different conflicts into the story (coffeehouse closing, angel, friendship issue, love, finding yourself...) into one delicious, satisfying combination.
The characters in this book were phenomenal. Katrina was so realistic and relatable, and I loved how clever, determined and creative she was in trying to keep the coffee shop open. And who couldn't love Malcolm?
The only issue I had was that Katrina and Malcolm's relationship seemed very quick. At first she hates him and then she adores him? It didn't really make sense to me.
I was so sad when this book ended. It was magical, charming, and a super-quick and enthralling read--I couldn't put it down! Coffeehouse Angel is one of those books that makes you feel warm and fuzzy like you're drinking a hot cup of coffee. (: Ms. Selfors writes with love and honesty, making her book enjoyable and lovely. I can only wish for a sequel, and that Nordby isn't fictional!