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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060835702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060835705
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
As humans involved in our daily lives, we often take the world for granted. Our days are filled with boring, humdrum activities. A. M. Jenkins creates a new twist on the mundane in his new book REPOSSESSED.

First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you get a whole different view of daily life.

Seconds before the actual truck/teen collision, Kiriel slips into Shaun's body. Kiriel, a demon who prefers to call himself a "fallen angel," sees the perfect opportunity to find that needed break from his dull duties. He wants more out of "life." He wants to feel it and experience it first hand.

Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel is able to experience what he has only previously observed. This is his first actual look at the world through human eyes. Amazing! There's the feel and texture of everything from food, especially ketchup, to clothing against his skin. Fabulous! And that two-and-a-half hours spent in the bathtub make him wonder why humans don't constantly bathe. Kiriel finds himself wondering how humans can live such exciting daily lives and still express the desire for further adventures.

To Kiriel the real world is not all about just the physical experience. As he deals with Shaun's family, a divorced mother and his younger brother, Jason, he learns that love and the emotional side of life can be an unexpected roller coaster ride of its own.

A.M. Jenkins's demon makes us see what is really around us and perhaps makes us more understanding and grateful for how precious life is.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read! 13 Oct. 2007
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The cover of this book led me to expect a kind-of fun, light adventure, but it really isn't. Kiriel the demon longs for time away from Hell and takes over the human body of a slacker-boy named Shaun. Potentially a comic set up. But Kiriel brings with him thousands of years of living in Hell reflecting sorrow and grief back at the damned souls; he feels joy at first encountering the wonders of the world while fearing his bosses from Hell will track him down and make him go back. Not really comic at all. Kiriel/Shaun is a very sympathetic hero who is in a rather desperate situation which, by the end, becomes heartwrenching. Yes, there are lots of funny parts, but as Shaun's love interest, Lane, notes, there's a well of sadness behind Kiriel's eyes.

The author did a couple of things extremely well. The book is a first-person narration, and Kiriel's voice is terrific. This reader really felt his wonder at things like eating Froot Loops for the first time, or experiencing his first kiss. The relationships, particularly the one between Shaun/Kiriel and Shaun's younger brother, are so well done. The author also did a great job maintining suspense--Kiriel never gets to quite settle into his role because things keep knocking him out of it. Despite the pace, however, Kiriel has time to reflect on what is happening to him.

I found the ending perplexing. This reader was really torn by it. On the one hand, we want Kiriel to be able to stay on earth and not return to Hell. Yet we don't want him to go to heaven, which is boring. Yet we're never quite allowed to forget that a human boy, Shaun, inhabited the body before. I think the ending the author chose was the right one, yet somehow I wanted more for Kiriel.

Highly recommended, and more thought-provoking than you might expect from the cover.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 Jun. 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As humans involved in our daily lives, we often take the world for granted. Our days are filled with boring, humdrum activities. A. M. Jenkins creates a new twist on the mundane in his new book REPOSSESSED.

First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you get a whole different view of daily life.

Seconds before the actual truck/teen collision, Kiriel slips into Shaun's body. Kiriel, a demon who prefers to call himself a "fallen angel," sees the perfect opportunity to find that needed break from his dull duties. He wants more out of "life." He wants to feel it and experience it first hand.

Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel is able to experience what he has only previously observed. This is his first actual look at the world through human eyes. Amazing! There's the feel and texture of everything from food, especially ketchup, to clothing against his skin. Fabulous! And that two-and-a-half hours spent in the bathtub make him wonder why humans don't constantly bathe. Kiriel finds himself wondering how humans can live such exciting daily lives and still express the desire for further adventures.

To Kiriel the real world is not all about just the physical experience. As he deals with Shaun's family, a divorced mother and his younger brother, Jason, he learns that love and the emotional side of life can be an unexpected roller coaster ride of its own.

A.M. Jenkins's demon makes us see what is really around us and perhaps makes us more understanding and grateful for how precious life is.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fallen angel's twist on experiencing life 27 Jun. 2007
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

So starts this tale of a fallen angel's experiences in a teen's body. Instead of wanting to create havoc and destruction the author has the fallen angel want to experience all life has to offer. From the joy of baths, the sweetness of Fruit Loops cereal, to the beauty of a girl's eyes and hair. He even tries to warn a bully--one he knows he'll have to deal with in hell--to the shock and amusement of others.

I really enjoyed this tale. Fun and a fast paced read, you can't help but hope the fallen angel can stay. Also it makes you want to experience the joy and wonder of things we take for granted in our lives.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For Mature Teens Only 6 Mar. 2012
By Frazzled - Published on Amazon.com
Repossessed is an excellent book. It explores a lot of the subjects we'd been covering in my Humanities class lately, and I hoped it would be a nice way to finish a unit which included Paradise Lost, Job, Robinson Crusoe, and theodicy in general. Repossessed explores some weighty themes, including rejection, isolation, and faith, without patronizing or preaching. Kiriel's character is easy to identify with, especially for your more instrospective, existential teens. I enjoyed the author's vivid descriptions of Kiriel's first encounters with physical existence. I loved how he explored the world with his mouth, and expressed a desire to go home and look at his feet and other body parts, much like an infant.

However, a caveat: This book is definitely too mature for middle school classrooms and libraries. Kiriel frankly discusses masturbation in the first two chapters. One of three main quests which drives the plot forward is his desire for "sexual intercourse" and his plans for conquest. The author doesn't give explicit details, but the discussion alone is enough to cause squeamishness and confusion in some kids. Repossessed is aimed squarely at the over 14 crowd, and should probably be used as a pleasure read only, rather than teacher assigned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So much more than it seems 6 Oct. 2010
By small review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kiriel is bored with his job as a tormentor in Hell so when he sees an opportunity to possess the body of a teen boy, he jumps on it. Kiriel, now Shaun, finally gets to experience all of the things he's only ever heard about. Corporeal sensations take precedence at first, allowing for both interesting and humorous scenes as Kiriel seeks out new experiences with various tastes, textures, and sexual sensations. Also new to Kiriel, however, are human relationships, and as Shaun now, he has a number of damaged relationships to deal with. While Kiriel explores what it means to be human, he can't help but worry his time in Shaun's body will be cut short when his absence in Hell is noted, and he is determined to leave his mark in the world before that happens.

Kiriel's perspective on what it means to be human is insightful, sensitive, hilarious, and touching. Many things we take for granted are highlighted and appreciated by Kiriel, giving us readers new appreciation for what it means to be alive. The cover and jacket description make this book seem like a light comedy (and it is very funny), but the depth and poignancy of Kiriel's relationships, observations, and morality struggles make this book well deserving of the Michael L. Printz Award nomination it received. Despite the weightier plot, Repossessed is compulsively readable due to Kiriel's easy narration style and numerous laugh out loud moments and commentary.

Highly recommended, to both teens and adults.
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