Soul Enchilada

Soul Enchilada

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The devil made 'em do it.

Girl meets boy at a car wash. And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance . . . except that the girl's grandfather sold his soul for a classic Cadillac and he used her soul as collateral, too. Which the devil has come to collect, along with the car. Now eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot has to fight for both. Good thing she knows how to fight dirty. Good thing nothing frightens Bug Smoot: not the repo man, not the paranormal creatures, not seances or driving too fast. And good thing that boy from the car wash is actually a supernatural secret agent.

This is one helluva ride.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Greenwillow Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006167303X
  • 9780061673030
  • 937,291

Review quote

Gill knows what will make teens laugh. --Publishers Weekly"
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835 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 18% (154)
4 26% (214)
3 33% (272)
2 15% (125)
1 8% (70)

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Bug Smoot has had a rough life. First her mom died when she was a little girl, then she moved in with her grandfather and auntie. Then her auntie died and soon after her Papa C died, too, leaving her his most prized possession, a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz. The thing with that car, though, is Papa C used Bug's soul as collateral - yes, that's right, her soul. Now, five years later, Bug is still having to deal with everything her Papa C left behind. She's dropped out of school, stopped playing basketball (which is what she used to live for), and working as a pizza delivery girl. Life really can't get much worse until the day her landlord comes looking for the way past overdue rent. On top of having to find the money, Bug finds her car has been egged and absolutely reeks. Inside of her car she finds Beals, a demon that has come to collect her soul. Being the rough and stubborn girl that she is, Bug refuses to let anything happen to her or the car. Her only problem is getting rid of Beals. In order to do this, she has to find some loopholes in the contract, or risk giving herself up. With the help of a pretty hot guy (who just happens to like her) and a special attorney, Bug sets out on a non-stop adventure to secure her soul and her Cadillac. This book would truly have to be one of the best books I've read this year, hands down. It is jam-packed with enough humor, sarcasm, and adventure to satisfy anyone's reading needs, and it is certainly well-written. Bug's character was absolutely wonderful. While she isn't your idyllic character (she's rude, snarky, and doesn't have the best grammar), she is completely lovable. Her courage and determination to stand up for herself is respectable, even in a fictional character. A great thing that the author did with Bug's character is made her into a real person. She talked like a real girl, not with perfect sentence structure and words, but just like a teenager would. Beals, the demon, was also a great character. He reminded me of one of those evil butlers you see in old movies! I was able to picture him absolutely perfectly as I was reading, and found myself getting really aggravated (in a good way!) with his character when he was doing some of his dastardly deeds. The plot of the story was also very unique and interesting. The whole idea that you would make a deal with the devil in order to get a car and then use a person's soul as collateral is absolutely priceless. The story was able to hold my attention all the way to the very last word, and I just couldn't put the book down. I also loved how complex the story was. All the little elements of the book fit together like a puzzle and really came together to create one heck of a book. I recommend SOUL ENCHILADA to both boys and girls alike, as it is just superb! This is a brilliant debut novel from David Macinnis Gill and I absolutely cannot wait for more from this very promising author. Whenever you get the chance, I strongly urge you to run out and get a copy (when it's released in April 2009). You'll have a good laugh and the story will make you reflect on what you have. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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