Book Review: devilish


by Maureen Johnson

Jane Jarvis has always looked after her best friend, Ally. So Jane is determined to help Ally through Big-Little day at Saint Teresa’s Preparatory School for Girls. Big-Little day is a day when seniors each choose a freshman to take under their wing and mentor as their “little.” Ally, unpopular and totally lacking in self-confidence, is sure that no freshman will want her for a “big.” And sure enough, Big-Little day ends disastrously for Ally when she humiliates herself in front of the whole school.

But the next day, something strange starts happening. Ally shows up at school with a new haircut and new clothes. Not only is her appearance changed, but Ally also seems to have developed a new-found confidence. Jane begins to suspect that something is wrong, and eventually she discovers that Ally has sold her soul to a demon. Jane is determined to save Ally at all costs, but more than that, Jane soon finds herself caught up in cosmic battle against the forces of evil.

I’m not a big fan of high school stories; high school wasn’t all that great when I was actually there, and I certainly have no desire to relive it in books. But devilish caught my attention from the first page and held it to the end. Jane is a fascinating character, a brilliant student but a rebel, and it’s a lot of fun to watch her try to outwit the demon. devilish is a funny, fast-paced story with many interesting twists, but mostly it’s just a really good read.

devilish is a Cybils nominee

Tags: book review | young adult books | fantasy | teen fiction