Repossessed

Repossessed

by A. M. Jenkins

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Overview

Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

Everybody deserves a vacation, right? Especially if you have a pointless job like tormenting the damned. So who could blame me for blowing off my duties and taking a small, unauthorized break?

Besides, I've always wanted to see what physical existence is like. That's why I "borrowed" the slightly used body of a slacker teen. Believe me, he wasn't going to be using it anymore anyway.

I have never understood why humans do the things they do. Like sin—if it's so terrible, why do they keep doing it?

I'm going to have a lot of fun finding out!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060835705
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 266,181
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.

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Repossessed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Bradley3rdenglish More than 1 year ago
Shaun, an average lazy American teenager, is caught up in a crazy predicament. He is possessed by a demon who is bored with his day to day tormenting of lost souls. The demon wants to experience the so called "easy life" of the Creator's choosen ones. He finds out all the feelings and senses of humans. He is really overwhelmed. I found this book to be hilarious. The whole its him discovering new things about this strange new world. I laughed everytime he found out something new. It was like crazy how he would react to everyday stuff. With the sexual content in mind, I would suggest this book to all people 14 and over.
Szopfi_4thenglish More than 1 year ago
This book was great, it captured the realism of teenage life. It show you what it is like to be a teenager in a suburban town, and to be one that is a little sheltered and a little shy, but Kiriel the main character kind of brings it out and becomes a totally diffrent person then what Shaun was. He tries so hard to leave some kind of mark in peoples lives, something that will keep them from going to hell. He is a demon from hell but he refers to himself as a fallen angel, his job is to watch over the tormanted, and you can imagine that a job like that would get a little sad and disturbing after a while, so thats when he decided to get a new body and he did. This book captures the spirtual aspect of the world and how it was creater, because in the book he refers to the creater a lot, and I think that he was refering to god in a sense. This book show you that you need to stop for a second and smell the flowers, listen to the wind blow, and just look at the sky and be hasppy at the life and world you live in. I would recommend this book to anyone it is funny and sad at the same time. If you have a little brother that you don't get along with read thisd book, it will show you to enjoy the time you get to spend with him, enjoy the fact that you have a sibling period, because even though Kiriel took over Shauns body and life, Shaun was gone and his brother and him faught and were very cold to each other, so this book will show you kind of what it means to be a big brother or big sister. I also Recommend this book to parents with teenagers that are a little shy or a little distant because it will kind of show you why they are like that and what you can do to help them to get over it and be a more open person. ANYONE THAT READS THIS WILL ENJOY IT, the serios parts and the somewhat sexual content in the book.
RomikaC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Repossessed is a hilarious story of Kiriel a fallen angel (demon) decides to possess the body of a teenager named Shaun after he¿s fed up with being overworked by his boss (the Devil) and the creator (God). To his surprise Kiriel is amazed at the human body and all its functions. He is so fascinated; he comes up with a plan to get a girl to have sex with him. He also begin to experience feelings which is something he hadn¿t before, in doing this Shaun¿s mom becomes suspicious because the real Shaun never had shown caring emotions. He confronts a bully, hoping to change him but the outcome isn¿t what he had hoped. This story though funny and entertaining probably shouldn¿t be used in a classroom (maybe college level) because of the language. Lessons on honesty and bullying could be abstinence discussed. I enjoyed this book it kept me laughing; Kiriel had good intentions he realizes that it¿s okay to be imperfect by possessing Shaun¿s body.
sdl149 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins is about how a demon is tired of his situation in hell and decides that he is going top-side to experience all of the joys that go along with being human. His first objective when he reaches the surface is to possess a body. He finds a boy named Shaun that stepped out in front of a truck and whose soul has just vacated his body. While on Earth, he learns to appreciate God¿s creations before he is made to return to his duties in hell. When is time is up and one of the ¿Unfallen¿ come to collect him, he is told that he may have made an impact on someone¿s life while he was there, which was one of the goals that he had set himself. This book will definitely be on a shelf for my beginner or regular reading students as something that might entice them to start reading books that make them think more instead of just telling them a story for once. A problem that would crop up for this book is its subject matter. It deals with demons, hell, and God which are all touchy subjects when it comes to public schooling. For that matter, I am not completely sure that this book would be on an acceptable reading list for private religious schools. I would love to have an open debate in a classroom setting regarding this book as a whole and the many ¿hot topics¿ that it brings up.After reading this book, I really want to be able to teach in a private Christian school just so I can go over it in more detail than would be allowed in a public school setting. I would thoroughly enjoy having this book be read by believers and non-believers who might could find a greater appreciation for being made into what we are; humans of God¿s creation with freedom of choice. I certainly have found a greater appreciation for life and its many experiences. I have read many books written form the perspective of a demon, or a fallen angel as some call them, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about how people attempt to convey the feelings that they might feel. I have always wondered at this. How they felt at the time of the rebellion, what their feelings are now, if and how they might have changed things?
ahooper04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun story of a low level devil that possesses a young teen boy whose life was very boring. It is fun and enlightening to see the world through the eyes of the demon who has never experienced such simple things as...ketchup...one of his absolute favorite things about being human!
mariah2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life is not easy being one of the fallen ones and having to spend eternity torturing souls in Hell. Kiriel decides to take a vacation from his demon duties and steals the body of a ¿slacker teen¿ that was just moments away from being run over by a truck. Kiriel is thrilled with all of the new sensations he can have in a human body, such as emotions, the feel of wind, and the taste of ketchup, so he tries to gain as many experiences as possible before the boss realizes he is MIA from Hell. Before he is called back, Kiriel needs to make a decision of whether he should use his special knowledge to hurt or help people here on earth.
emitnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kirial is a sassy Fallen Angel who gets tired of his eternal job/punishment managing souls down in Hell, so he takes over the body of teenager Shaun, who is just about to get hit by a car anyway. After blissing out with the five senses for a while (yes, masturbation is a highlight, but so is the feel of a t-shirt against his lips), he gets down to the business of trying to improve the outlook and attitude of various people - oh, and he'd like to try sex, as well. In some ways, his perspective makes him much more enlightened than the average teenager, but his understanding is also severely limited in others. Light, hugely entertaining, and even poignant.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fallen angel who reflects sins back to sinners in hell decides to steal a human body and see what being human is all about. While the plot had great opportunity to be an interesting read, I found myself bored with the characters and with little desire to read to the end. The demon character had almost no personality that I could relate with and the characters he interacted with were boring to me. I feel that this book could have been very entertaining but failed to meet my expectations.
debhall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I was looking forward to reading. I had thoughts that it might be really funny like last year's "Dirty Job". It was funny but also a thoughtful book as well. This one should be well liked by our NTB readers I think.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick easy read, and was pretty funny in parts, but overall it was just okay in my mind. I don't really see why it was a Printz Honor Book. There are some lessons to learn in the book, but they're really simple lessons such as be nice to your brother, appreciate the small things, etc. It was a bit funny to realize the demon improved the boys life while possessing him... since that's really not what I would have expected. Overall... it's just okay.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kiriel is a fallen angel, a devil, whose eternal punishment for rebellion against Him is to reflect the regrets and guilt of sinners souls and show them the disharmony they wrought during their lives and he's pretty sick of it. Determined to take a vacation Kiriel takes over the body of a teenager named Shaun who was destined for oblivion himself. Kiriel knows that his transgression in leaving his job and possessing a body is unforgivable, but he is determined to experience everything earthly in full before he is repossessed to Hell.Despite a description that would make this young adult novel sound irreverent the truth is the story really isn't. Nor did I find it overly preachy which, considering the content of the book, is a feat in and of itself. This was kind of a make you think type book as Kiriel experiences our every day world and finds it wondrous in the extreme. It made me take a closer look at the world around me and my part in it. The story was told completely from Kiriel's unusual point of view which was also intriguing as his views of our world are completely alien from what your everyday person would think. It was fun to watch him learn from his experiences. I even liked the way the book ended despite the fact that I usually like everything tied up in a bow with full explanations which this didn't really have. All in all different and intriguing for a one time go around and I would recommend this as an easy and quick read for older teens and adults. I wouldn't recommend so much for younger tweens and teens as there are some sexual situations.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fallen angel who is fed up with his job tormenting souls in hell decides to take over the body of a teenage boy. I loved the perspective that Kiriel brings to Shaun's life. A total outsider who has never experienced the life of a teen can see through some of the goofy stuff about the way teens live, especially in their relationships with other people. For example, Kiriel can immediately see how much Shaun's little brother wants his friendship and love in a way that Shaun never could. On the other hand, I think it would also be empowering for a teen to see how much knowledge they need to have just in order to get through the day - watching Kiriel struggle through familiar situations and social dynamics that a teenager would understand without a second thought can demonstrate to a young person how much they already know about the world. There was also a nice exploration of fantasy vs. reality in the relationship with Lane, a girl who has a long-time crush on Shaun. When Kiriel, who seems to think about sex just as much as your typical teenage boy, starts to act out one of Lane's fantasies about Shaun word for word, her reaction is not exactly positive. I enjoyed the way that this book highlighted everyday experiences - the little joys in life that are so easy to forget or gloss over. It got a little bit heavy-handed toward the end, but the message stands up that even in the life of fairly introverted teenage boy, there are important connections between him and the other people in his life. Shaun is chosen because he was a pretty isolated person, and Kiriel assumed that no one paid too much attention to his life. But Kiriel learns that "Shaun Simmons had made a specific mark on his little world, simply by being," and that his absence would be missed.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kiriel is a minor demon ("fallen angel") who is phenomenally bored with his job in hell, as the souls there pretty much torture themselves, so there isn't actually anything to do. He wants a vacation. He wants to experience life as a human, just for a little while. He finds Shaun, a 17-year-old who is about to get hit by a truck. Kiriel slips into Shaun's body and jumps back onto the sidewalk. Seeing all of the ordinary things that go on in human life through Kiriel's viewpoint is funny, amazing, and will make you think. The feel and texture of clothing, the taste of ketchup, and a 2 1/2 hour bath make him wonder why humans don't appreciate such excitement! Kiriel also discovers that the human world is not only about physical sensations -- there is also an emotional side of life. Shaun's divorced mother and his little brother Jason show Kiriel that other side of life. This is a story that is hilariously funny at times but will also make you see everyday things in a new light. Appropriate for 7th grade and up.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the fallen who toils in Hell, escapes to earth and briefly possesses the body of a slacker high schooler to see what it is like to be human and make his mark in the world. I thought the descriptions of what it was like to really notice the sensations of being human were strengths in the book. Although religion is not mentioned directly, it is pretty clear that the book is operating with the model of Christianity. The demon is a pretty interesting and sympathetic character, he wants to impact people positively and even goes out of his way to try to force a bully to see the error of his ways so he doesn't have to spend an eternity in Hell. I just read Before I Die, and like that book one of the top things on the to-do list was to have sex. I found this to be a quick, interesting read. Although I don't know how much it would resonate with the middle school crowd.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be an amusing book of wickedness. It wasn't. Yet it was strangely profound and rather touching. The writing was fantastic and I adored the joy that Kiriel took in the little everyday things that we as humans take for granted. I think this is worth the read at any age, if only to remind us how amazing our world can be.
windsaygale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Kiriel, a demon, gets bored with his life in Hell, he highjacks the body of teenager Shaun, and takes the kid's life for a spin.This book is excellent--moving, funny, and insightful. It stays interesting all the way up to the end, and the last few pages are some of the best.
JeanneZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book written by a fallen angel who stole a teen's body seconds before he died and behaved in uncharacteristically nice ways. Not exactly what I expected but a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book :) =^_^=
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is truly amazing but is for teens and adults because of some of the detail in the book but otherwise is was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEENS ONLY RECOMMENDED! It is a great book but involves things that most teen boys think of, i would list but i think i would get in trouble with BN.
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spacer More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit odd but eye catching. There were many things about this book that i didn't expect to see in a book. It was very interesting because the things the demon done as a human he had never experienced before.One thing about the book was masturbation was the main thing he wanted to do. I can say that it was weird and a great book at the same time.