Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (2 stars)

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Format: Paperback , 368pp
  • Sales Rank: 52,926
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Summary: What’s so special about Frannie? There must be something good because heaven and hell is doing everything they can to tag her soul. They both sent in the big guns. Luc (short for Lucifer) has been tagging souls for a long time. He has been the only one that has been able to find Frannie, and his pride (his sin, of course) has definitely been inflated by this one. The problem is he finds himself drawn to her. After being paired with her in English, he starts spending more time with her. He gets to know her, and finds that he might be falling for her. Then Gabriel shows up. Gabriel is the poster boy for good. He is all about protection and making Frannie feel safe. Frannie, of course, falls in love with both of them (they are both very hot). The problem is that the tables are turning. Something is happening to Luc that seems to be changing his very being, he may be turning human. This is very bad because hell is sending reinforcements and they are not being as sweet as Luc was. How can Luc and Gabriel save Frannie and keep her untagged when everyone wants her so badly?

My thoughts: I enjoyed this novel, but it was cliché and generally the characterization was terrible. This is definitely an on the surface only novel. Enjoy it like a beach read. My high school students that don’t particularly enjoy reading have said this was a good book, but the ones that read a lot have no enjoyed it. This just tells me that if you are used to digging into books, inferring about character motivation, or just plain paying attention to detail, you won’t be really into this book. Frannie is unbelievable. She is described one way but acts a different way. I think that it was because she was going for the “typical teenage girl hormones” thing, but basically went too far. If Frannie is supposed to be really smart, smart enough to get a full ride into UCLA (or any college), then she is not going to be as helpless, controlled easily by her hormones, or confused by simple outlines in English. She would be able to sense things about the people around her (as all teenagers do), and not fall prey to the stupidest little things just so she can be rescued by boy 1 or boy 2. Second, the author attempts to make references to major literary works that fall short. It’s one thing to make a reference and allow your audience to draw conclusions about things like Dante’s Inferno, but to spell everything out and to tell us exactly what you are doing just insults me as a reader. I’m well aware of allusions. I would say that a high school student, the target audience, has had exposure to Dante at one point in time in school. Are you expecting us to believe that hell is like Dante explained it, but also like a major corporation, and like the artist impressions of hell from the Renaissance? Lastly, this book has not gotten mashed together with several other angel/demon books that I have read this summer. It has gotten to the point where I can’t really tell who the main characters are because they all sound/seem the same. The girl is being fought over by two hot guys, one demon (or fallen angel) and one angel. The girl does stupid stuff and the boys fall over themselves to rescue her. There are occasional pissing contests and jealousies, but it’s all a humdrum of the same. I’m in need of something original.

2 stars

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