Summary (goodreads): When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend who can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
Review: Well. Where to start. I read an interview with this author on a friend’s blog and it sounded interesting. Even though my friend was not particularly ethusiastic about this book, I wanted to try it anyways.
I regretted this decision after only a couple of chapters. The main character is male, which makes it always harder to identify with, but he is also incredibly stupid, not capable of thinking anything through and basically lame. I wanted to smack him or throw him out of the window during the whole book. I don’t like him. At all.
The story is rather predictable, at least for me. Not for the main character, because he is stupid. So while it took me about ten seconds to figure out that code in which Grace writes, he actually needs somebody to tell him what he has to look up on google. And the romance between Grace and Cooper? Non-existent. It seems completely fake. He keeps on saying that his world will end without her and that he oh-so-loves her, but seriously, he doens’t follow up on those words. Again, because he is lame and stupid and not capable of actually forming any plan. He is just running around, offending people, thinking he is bad-ass and all the while letting his family and friends suffer for stupidity. I don’t understand WHY the hell Grace, who is obviously smarter and could do so much better, loves him. And that is not explained. They grew up together, yes, but that would be even more reason not to fall in love with that guy.
So basically I forced myself to finish and when the last sentence was read I was like “Eh? That’s the ending? Lame!”. I was a bit surprised, because in the end, nothing got solved.
De Palmas writing style is very, very shallow. I couldn’t dive into the story and I would have probably hit the bottom of the pool and broken my neck, if I had. There is just no depth at all. There are some threads, hinting at a deeper background, but it is not explained in any way. Random characters such as Shakespeare and Saint Peter are thrown together for no obvious reason (They even call themselves brothers – the hell?). I didn’t really get the problem of the whole story, apart from the “If we are together my family suffers”. If there actually was a real threat, such as a real Lucifer, it certainly wasn’t transmitted as a dire situation. I just couldn’t follow the logic.
For example, after a week of being there, and after three mentioned practise runs with his brother, Cooper is already fitter than all the other players on his team and he can best them in training? Yeah right. I’d like that, too. And he literally said “After all this running”. Dude, running alone doesn’t get you in shape to play football!
Ok, I guess I have ripped this book apart enough. I really feel bad about this, because I don’t like giving such reviews and I would like to say something positive. Maybe it’s that it wasn’t too long. But I heard it has been expanded into a series. Dear god.