Saturday, August 17, 2013

ARC Review: My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie

My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush
Author: Laura Toffler-Corrie
Publication: Roaring Brook Press (August 20, 2013)

Description: Jenna Bloom is just an average middle school student until her family takes her to her least favorite restaurant for her birthday, where she meets Cowpoke Luke, her waiter and one true love. Oh, and he also happens to be an angel. Jenna can't believe that Luke could actually be interested in her, and yet he is! Unfortunately he's got a demonic foe named Adam who could potentially complicate matters, and when the two boys have a big showdown at the local community theater's performance of Fiddler on the Roof, Jenna is right in the middle of it all.

My Thoughts: This story was a fun read filled with all sorts of humor. Jenna Bloom is a geeky middle schooler. She is certain she is a genetic throwback to a long-lost princess. Unfortunately she has to deal with a father who always has his iPod cranked and consequently has checked out of the family except to read lips once in a while, a mom who shops at the Bulk Emporium instead of Maud's Chic Fashion Boutique, and a brother who is always eating or emitting "airy bodily emissions." Jenna also has to deal with the neighborhood boy named Jared  Needleman who has a major crush on Jenna but who is also an oblivious know-it-all and David Lipski, the out-of-control child that she babysits for. 

Jenna's birthday celebration marks a turning point for her. On the down side, her parents give her an ugly family heirloom pendant instead of her desired gift certificate. But on the upside, her waiter is Luke who is absolutely adorable. Jenna immediately falls in love. When she meets him again at school she learns that he is an angel who was sent to protect her at this time of equinox when something evil is coming for her. Then Adam shows up. It quickly becomes clear that he is the evil that Luke was talking about. He kidnaps David and turns into a wolf or a crow. He demands that Jenna give him the ugly necklace.

Along with this rivalry and the danger is the community theater's production of Fiddler on the Roof with teenage actors. Jenna winds up doing costumes despite the fact that she has no experience or skills. Adam and Luke both wind up with main roles. Jenna's former friend who dumped her for the popular crowd is cast as the lead and immediately makes a play for both boys. One running joke through the book is that the director can't remember anyone's name and constantly calls everyone by some similar name. 

Another running joke is that Jared is constantly talking about the documentaries he and father make for the local cable access channel. They have titles like Fowl Friends: Birds Who Give a Hoot. They give Jared a chance to be a know-it-all.

I liked the characters in this story especially Jenna. She was kind-hearted and loyal. She accepted her family's and friends foibles as though they were normal. I liked that she was klutzy and constantly having injuries in Phy Ed. which she treated as normal. I liked her self-deprecating humor. 

This was an enjoyable story that middle graders and young adults should like. The humor is what stands out. Both the romance plot and the plot about the pendant seem to take a backseat to it. 

Favorite Quote:
Surprising even myself, I step in front of Jared. "You stay away from him! He has more worth in his little pinkie than you have in your whole taut, sexy, muscular body!"

Somehow, that didn't come out right. 
I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

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