by Suzanne Selfors
Katrina is just a normal girl who helps her grandmother work their Norwegian coffee shop, even with their prime competitor's shop right next-door. Then one day, Katrina leaves some pastries and a cup of coffee for a guy in a kilt, sleeping in the alley behind the shop. The next day the guy, Malcolm, shows up at her school, claiming to be an angel messenger, wanting to award her three wishes in return of her 'good deed.' In the next few weeks, he won't leave her alone. Then, through a strange turn of events, her cat becomes famous, and her best friend receives fortune, leaving Katrina with one wish left. But what can she wish for when all she wants is Malcolm himself?
This is one of the best books I have read all year. I loved everything about it. The way you get to know all the characters, their relationships, and their feelings was fantastic - especially Katrina and Malcolm's. You can tell that eventually they are going to get together, from the first moment she opens the back door, and sees him sleeping by the dumpsters. I loved the customers in the coffee shop. Because of the way the author described them, it made you get the feeling that you knew them, and that they were so close to Katrina and her grandmother that they were practically family. There were twists and turns in the plot that were so unexpected (to me at least). I laughed out loud, which can be pretty embarrassing in the middle of class.
The cover was the thing that really caught my attention. The girl on the cover looks exactly how I pictured Katrina. And from what you can see, the guy standing behind her looks exactly like Malcolm. That doesn't usually happen often. The coffee cup in Katrina's hand was really cute with the little heart shaped swirl of cream.
Clare Schuett is 13 and lives in Sebastopol California. She is a lover of books and a voracious reader. She reviews YA books, prior to their publication, for the American Library Association. We have the privilege of posting her reviews on our blog.
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