í Read Þ Devilish by Maureen Johnson õ 3.
5 stars I really loved the plot line because it was something totally different than I have ever read I have a personal motto, however, that a book cannot get above 3 stars if it has obvious grammar errors Sorry Johnson s section of Let It Snow made me want to check out of her work this particular book may not have been the right choice as, though it s well written, it suffers from a rather weak plot Smart, rebellious Catholic schoolgirl Jane is naturally shocked to discover that her best friend, socially awkward Ally, has sold her soul to a demon Sub par Scoobying ensues Johnson s I feel pretentious using this word, but okay, her mythology seems very poorly thought out The rules of her universe don t make much sense, nor are her characters including the clearly clever Jane particularly adept at maneuvering around them Various deals are made for various characters souls all in attempt to regain Ally s and defeat the demons , but in order to keep the plot going, the characters continue to be incapable of taking the easy way out and instead repeatedly entangle themselves It s very hard to enjoy witty prose when everyone is being an idiot Perhaps supernatural fiction is not Johnson s milieu Jane Jarvis And Allison Concord Are Desperate To Get Through Senior Year At St Teresa S Preparatory School For Girls, Where Barbed Wire Keeps The Boys Out And The Ancient Nuns Keep The Girls InJane And Allison Have Always Been Too Quirky And Different To Be Popular, But At Least They Ve Had Each Other Then, After A Hideous, Embarrassing Disaster, Allison Comes To School Transformed Suddenly She Has Cute Hair And Clothes She S Fluent In Latin, She Won T Even Speak To Jane, And Within Days She S Stolen Jane S Ex Boyfriend, EltonA Strangely Wise Freshman Boy, Owen, Helps Jane Discover The Outrageous Truth That Allison Has Sold Her Soul To The Devil At First Jane Doesn T Quite Buy It She Plays Along With The Weirdness And Even Gambles Her Own Soul In Order To Rescue Allison But Events Take A Turn For The Real, And Jane Will Have To Save Allison Before The Bizarrely Exclusive Poodle Prom, A Party Of Biblical Proportions That Just Might Blow Apart The World As Jane Knows It I have to admit something to all of you When I first picked this book up from my pile of award nominees I had very low expectations for it I thought it was going to be terrible I really did I m not sure why I thought this Perhaps it had to do with the cover, which, while perfectly fitting for the story itself, would never have grabbed my interest in the book store not in a million years This has a lot to do with the fact that the story is aimed, in my opinion, towards teenage girls It is, after all, from the viewpoint of a high school girl, dealing with high school romances, friend problems, and other typical teenage dramas Therefore, the cover had to reflect the target audience.
I am so happy that I was horribly and idiotically wrong about this novel It was fantastic So good, even, that at times I wished I had a valid excuse not to go to work I read it over the course of the last three days finished it last night , reading at work during break and an hour each night I didn t want to put it down, but I had to I wanted to continue on I wanted to get to the end so bad because I wanted to know everything that happened.
What makes this novel so good Johnson s writing style, or at least how she writes the first person narrative of the main character Jane It s that perfect style that tells you exactly what you need to know about the character she s a teenager, smart, and downright sarcastic and hilarious Her style is strong throughout I found myself giggling internally I don t generally laugh out loud when reading or express much of any emotionthat s just the norm for me.
The story is this Jane attends a religious prep school with her best friend Allison Jane is, well, to put it simply, an academic genius But she s not without her faults she tends to get in trouble a lot Allison is clumsy, throws up when put under pressure, and altogether quirky and odd Then one day, after a terrible disaster where Allison throws up all over a freshman in the gym, Allison returns to school a completely different person She s so different that she s answering questions during class, and correctly, she s wearing new clothes and has new confidence To make things worse, she s just stolen Jane s ex boyfriend well stolen is the wrong word, but you get the picture.
Soon Jane finds out that there s to this sudden change than meets the eye Allison has done something terrible and stupid she s just sold her soul to the devil.
The story is, well, excellent It s strong, flows well, and sticks right to the point without running off in directions that are unnecessary Jane is an awesome character She s full of life, spunk, and awesomeness yes, I used that word to describe her I found her to be a fantastic character.
There were only a couple times I got annoyed during the novel and this had nothing to do whatseover with the story itself I think the publisher perhaps misprinted some sentences in the novel so that they are in some ways using the right words, but are grammatically incorrect I doubt this has anything to do with the author though.
All in all the novel is damn good It moves fast, has its fair share of twists and turns, and proves to me that I can t judge a book by its cover all the time Doing so means I will miss out on gems like this Check this novel it I think you ll really enjoy it I once told myself that I would read all of Maureen Johnson s books Reading this one though I have nearly lost interest I ve outgrown most young adult Devilish is a big example of that I hated the main character She was bossy, arrogant, and annoying The rest of the characters had no substance The plot and background information was confusing I didn t get how the main character s best friend turned so bitchy so quickly It s very unlikely that I ll continue on my original goal of reading all of Johnson s books This book has disappointed her for me 12 Little Blue Envelopes will continue to be one of my favorites however.
It all started with a cupcakeWell, not really It started at prom night, when Alison s date never came Stood up by a guy off the internet, the shame And then Jane s boyfriend of just over seven months broke up with her and started ignoring her even as a friend And then the cupcake And Ally s puke all over the freshman And then Ally s new haircut And then Jane found out that her best and only friend was dating her ex, but also had sold her soul to the devil.
Well, the devil likes games the question is, who s the better player Jane or Satan Wow I m impressed This is a much better book than I thought it would be I m not really one for the supernatural, but MJ didn t do anything weird like have a demon slayer hook up with Jane though Owen is pretty cool for a 116 year old 14 year old or have the demons really just be misunderstood and you can never really be sure if everyone s going to die in the end or not I mean, there s a distinct possibility through the entire thing that Ally or Jane could just die Fun, right YES Devilish is set in Providence, Rhode Island Which, for the record, is a lot interesting than it sounds They have trollies Do we have trollies where I am No, no we do not We don t have a subway, even We also don t so far as I know have an all female Catholic school This book does And it also has a heaping plate of MJ humour the best kind And a few dead people And cupcakes What could you want Edward Cullen Sorry, nobody sparkles and the dead guys keep their hands off So sorry to disappoint you.
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For writers If you want to know what that mysterious voice thing is, just read this book There s so much voice in it, it leaks from the pages and makes your hands sticky.
Strong voice, brilliant plot, clever characters this one has it all A wonderful combination of light entertainment and thought provoking philosophy, this is a highly recommended book.



This book s setting is a fictionalized version of my mom s high school she and the author went to the same school Tho many, many years apart Will definitely have to get around to it some day soon.
This is not the type of book I would usually pick up, but I read Maureen Johnson s blog and love it so much that I had to read one of her books My library only had Devilish so I thought I would give it a shot Well, I started last night and finished before lunch today It was an excellent light read plot was good and captivating, I could relate to the main character though perhaps not her situation and the Maureen Johnson humour that I love in her blog shone through Definitely recommend it for a rainy day when you re stuck indoors and have to stay wrapped up.
although this was an interesting idea, I just couldn t get past how many ridiculous situations and things that happened at the school things that were just too far out there to be believable add that to a disjointed and odd story line that seemed to jump all over and introduce people, situations and conversations that had no point to the plot also, I didn t find any character particularly interesting or even nice I think Jane set up a lot of her life to be unlikable and yet, she was supposed to be friends with everyone.
it was just odd and not my kind of story.