Seventeen-year-old theater geek Nanette believes her life is headed toward stardom on Broadway. But when her dream theater college rejects her and her best friend dies in a terrible accident, Nanette decides the world would be better off without her. Unfortunately, the afterlife offers something less than a heavenly situation. Trapped between alternating periods of utter darkness and light, Nanette is stuck following a high school freshman around. Soon she learns she's a guardian angel, and the only way she can earn her wings is to keep her young charge, Vera, from committing the same sin she did - taking her own life.
Unfortunately Nanette is missing more than just her wings. She has no tangible body or voice either. Frustrated by her inability to reach out to Vera and haunted by memories of her old life, Nanette wants to give up, but then she sees what happens when another Guardian at the high school turns his back on his charge. The shock is enough to supercharge Nanette's determination. She's going to find peace in the afterlife - as soon as she can convince Vera that living is what life is all about.
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Great story great narration
Kaitlyn Radel did an excellent job bringing the characters to life with her reading. The story of teen suicide and the conflicts of adolescence was well written and not depressing, but hopeful.
When Nanette realized she was growing into Angelhood
Nanette was very well presented and her character came through as a hopeful and eventually regretful teen
Vera, the potential teen contemplating suicide who Nanette helps. Since her father rarely eats dinner with her, I think she needs some company and a night out for pizza.
Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan skillfully handles teenage suicide and brings attention to how growing up in this complicated world can be difficult for young adults. The teen characters were genuine and their struggles were authentic. As the main character grew into Angelhood she also blossomed into a young adult full of faith, hope, compassion and understanding. I recommend this book for any teen because it brings attention to the rarely discussed, but very important matter of suicide.
- Joan Dellibovi