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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.
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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15mm | 416g
  • Pleasant Grove, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1933963808
  • 9781933963808
  • 366,886

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2,686 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (811)
3 24% (639)
2 9% (234)
1 6% (149)

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This review is a little sketchy. I just don't really know how to put my thoughts and emotions from this book into words. All I can say is. It was probably one of the best books I have ever read. If not the best. It was so spiritual and unique and it took my mind into the world of what it would be like living with someone with a disability and how hard it would be. But no matter what Love, Courage and family would bring you through it. When I first started reading Heavenly. I was shocked at how bad I felt for Zoe, She really craved attention from her Mother and Father. As she felt that there attention was always focused on her little sister Abria. As Abria had Autism she needed around the clock attention and that left none really for Zoe and her brother Luke. So they wanted to escape and that's what they did. Zoe partied . . . and Luke got high. Zoe's partying caused a lot of dangerous situations and it would have been worse if Matthias hadn't have been there. Luke's drug addiction was bad, really bad. Though near the end of the book he was quiting and I was so glad when he did. I've seen first hand what it is like for people to be addicted and Jennifer Laurens portrayed the part of Luke's addiction amazingly well. Matthias is Abria's guardian angel . . and after a close encounter with Zoe and him touching you can guess what happened. He was then Zoe's guardian angel as well. I was ready to burst when this happened. I was so happy but also nervous and scared about what would happen to Matthias . . would he be banished from earth? Apparently not. Which was Brill! I loved each thought Zoe had about Matthias when he was with her. As he could read her thoughts, so she kept blushing and getting embarrassed it was what the book needed a bit of laughter. Of course I have to talk about Matthias. He was calm, loving, caring, helpful, kind, responsible, mature, and HOT! He was perfect! He's the typical guy every teenage girl dreams about meeting and being with. From now on I'm keeping my eyes peeled! The relationship between Abria and Zoe was getting stronger and stronger each day. At the end of the book I was balling my eyes out when we Abria reached for Zoe's hand and she said 'O' it was so sad. Zoe no longer felt the way she used to about her sister. All she felt now was love for Abria. Zoe's Mother and Father seemed like ordinary parents who loved their children. Worried about them when they didn't know where they were, and even when they did. Britt . . . . she reminds me of a girl I used to know . . . only ever really caring and thinking about herself. So I won't talk about her much. I really liked the unlikely friendship between Chace and Zoe, even thought they shared different feelings towards each other. It was a nice calm friendship. One everybody needs. All in all I loved this book, and it's just an example of how amazingly talented Jennifer Laurens is. I know for a fact Penitence and Absolution will be just as good if not better. Reviewed by Kerry-Ann McDade on her book blog Reading A Little Bit Of Everything here: http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/review-of-heavenly-by-jennifer-laurens.htmlshow more
by Kerry-Ann McDade
Zoe is falling. She lives the life of a walking corpse. On the outside, she looks just like any normal teenager, but on the inside, she feels empty. Abandoned. Her sister Abria is an Autistic child who has speaking disorders and the attention level of 5 seconds. Her brother Luke is drowning himself in drugs. To run away from the harsh realities, she parties and searches for casual relationships. But everything changes when she meets the mysterious Matthias, who, according to himself, is a guardian sent to look after Abria. She feels happy, joyful and loved for the first time since Abria's Autism diagnosis. However, she seems to be the only person who can see Matthias. It does not take too long for her to realize that she is in love with him. Or is it? I did not know what to expect before started reading Heavenly. But it turned out to be quite good as I could totally relate to Zoe's mental condition, behaviour and thoughts. I did not see her as an undignified teen, but rather a poor girl who was suffering from stress and hungered for the attention and care of her parents. After observing the difficulties faced by the family to take care of little Abria in turns, even though I knew deep down that what Zoe and Luke did was wrong, I couldn't help sympathizing them. It's not entirely their fault to crumble when they had to shoulder such huge responsibilities. But still, according to the social norms of the society, they were not entirely blameless either. The presence of Matthias really lighted up the whole story. Zoe's tainted soul now yearned for forgiveness and goodness. She started to change, little by little, towards the better. And little Abria seemed to be still and quiet like a normal little girl when Matthias is present. Zoe started to learn about love, compassion and forgiveness. She saw through Luke's current self, only to discover the lost, helpless little boy within. It was a great experience to read about a family that holds on to each other in many ways, in which love reigns over all other things.show more
by Aik
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