Brockenbrough is a gifted writer who finds amusement in focusing on life's minutiae and who captures the slow-mo drama with which teens experience them, such as the time when Heidi's "tongue felt like a lump of nasty cotton living in the armpit of a bum who has an apartment at the dump and not even the good kind of dump with busted car parts. The kind with fish heads ... and old transvestite wigs."
It is a pleasure to read a writer who so delights in language, and who writes so captivatingly in a teen voice with such imaginative description.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review):
Brockenbrough devises a devilishly clever narrative, alternating Jerome's first-person account with Heidi's tightly focused third-person perspective. Tying both together are commandment-by-commandment excerpts (often footnoted) from Jerome's lost handbook, each stricture slyly informing the succeeding chapter. The rules governing Jerome's afterlife lead to frequently hysterical prose. He can't swear, of course, so he substitutes euphemisms: "… if I weren't so chickenchevy"; "It was a real mind-flask." Beneath the snark, though, runs a current of devastatingly honest writing that surprises with its occasional beauty and hits home with the keenness of its insight.
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This is a love story. Not a romantic love story, but a story of the development of a deep caring relationship with another being. Humorous and sad at times, it brings us to ask ourselves what we think about heaven and how we get there. Believable and fast-paced, it keeps us reading to the end.
Jerome’s bumbling logic and wickedly funny observations are what make Brockenbrough’s first book for teens so much fun. Underneath the occasionally risqué humor and unexpected plot twists ... is an insightful story about seizing life for all it’s worth while you have the chance.
I laughed so hard while reading this I almost burst more veins. And yet the story has meat, too.
This book is comic relief from cover to cover.
One of the funniest and at the same time most touching YA novels I've come across in a long time. Laugh-out-loud moments combined with truly heart-wrenching moments make this one unforgettable experience. Honestly, this is one of those books you wish wouldn't have to end because you're having so much fun reading it.
Devine Intervention, with its angelic twist and beautiful writing, heavily spoke of the good that can be found in the most seemingly of irresponsible and wild people. Martha Brockenbrough, in my full and honest opinion, shocked me in the most awesome of ways with Devine Intervention.
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and a total eye-opener, Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough is an absolute must read!
Martha Brockenbrough's title, Devine Intervention, is a slice of life...and death filled with unforeseen twists and turns, laughter, tears and truths not to be ignored. It will send your soul soaring exactly where it needs to go. This is one of my favorite young adult reads of 2012.
Signed, sealed, delivered, this book had me, from the canine ghostly possession to the pizza rolls to the talent show gone bad. Jerome and Heidi’s story was compelling, fun, sad, and a must read for any fan of contemporary fantasy. And I found out yesterday that DEVINE INTERVENTION has been optioned for film by Jerry Zucker, the guy who brought us GHOST, AIRPLANE, and NAKED GUN. Um, yes please! Oh, and the screenwriter is none other than the person who wrote MRS. DOUBTFIRE! Nothing short of an epic combination right there.
Trust me. You need this book. Go and buy it now and thank me later.
VERDICT: One of my favorite books of 2012 so far, DEVINE INTERVENTION is laugh out loud funny and thought provoking in one little package. About the choices we make and the things we can do to make up for mistakes, it is a can’t miss YA debut.