[Review] Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

by Jennifer Laurens
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Grove Creek Publishing

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. Zoe’s sister darts in front of cars. Her brother’s a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don’t see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe’s autistic sister. After Zoe 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?

While YA Paranormal-Romance novels don’t tend to be very appealing to me, I love how this book isn’t just the ordinary girl-meets-hot-guy-not-to-mention-he’s-a-guardian story, but it has so much than that — something really deeper that will change your life’s point of view. I have to admit that only a handful of books moved me emotionally, and though this book may not be the best one to do such thing for me, I do appreciate the realizations this book has taught me.

It’s amazing how this book felt so real and genuine. And when I say realization, I’m talking about how this book made me feel like the road to life might be tough, bumpy and full of challenges at times, but at the end of the day, despite all the complaints and grievance, we still have things to be thankful for no matter how big or small that we don’t even notice. And Zoe’s life isn’t an exception. She might look like a typical teenager, but deep inside she carries an emotional baggage and pressure of dealing with her sister Abria with autism, and the negligence she feels from her parents because of each of them’s responsibility of taking good care of her sister. Under this tough circumstances, don’t we sometimes seek for a means of escape? Don’t we sometimes want a space to breathe and let go of our problems, just for a second? I think we all do. 

And Zoe’s escape is partying. While that might sound inappropriate and childlike, I admire Zoe. Despite wanting to release her anger and frustration brought by her difficult life, her love for her sister remains unconditional. I can totally imagine how sometimes you want to complain, but you just can’t put it aside for the one general thing that she is your FAMILY. She’s a part of you and you just can’t take that away. Right? And it’s not just Zoe I admire but their whole family. Their strong faith in each other didn’t fail them in the end and it kept them going. Honestly speaking, the love story between Matthias and Zoe didn’t push a strong impact for me, and the ending was a bit off. I’m just like drawn to the family unit more in the story, and it just kind of odd to think that Zoe had to go and leave her beloved family behind. I guess I’m not yet ready for that, but well…

In my opinion, I think books should be as realistic as this kind of novel as possible. It feels good to relate and learn something that you can actually apply in reality, and this book didn’t fail.



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