Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Book Review: Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher

Kevin Morrell is a forty-three-year-old husband and father who runs a successful design and marketing firm that's crashed into the suffering economy. Attempting to navigate the busyness of the mall at Christmas, Kevin is humbled when he stumbles across the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Project. His wife insists that he take a paper ornament. The name on the ornament is Thomas Brandt, a fifteen-year-old still reeling from the implosion of his family--from years of verbal abuse from an alcoholic father to a mother who finally left him behind, only to find herself and her children penniless and struggling. The only thing has allowed Lynn to survive is her faith. Thomas shares that faith, but he also wonders why God has seemingly abandoned them.
This is the story about a man and a boy one December. A man whose life is changed by a simple expression of kindness, and a boy who takes that expression of kindness and shows the true meaning of Christmas.

 Few authors have shown such diversity as Travis Thrasher. From starting his career with sweet and moving love stories, Travis has navigated through various genres including suspense, adventure, and most recently supernatural thrillers. At the core of each of his stories lie flawed characters in search of redemption. He loves surprising his readers, not only with a different style of writing in each book but also with amazing twists in each story. The author of fourteen critically-acclaimed works of fiction, Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago. 

My Review: 

Where to start? Usually I don't think to make notes about the book I'm reading unless I'm actively reading it for review. This was mostly for fun, since I saw it in Barnes and Noble and wanted it.

I originally picked this up because I thought it'd be a lot like Caroline B. Cooney's "What Child is this?" Not only was it pretty different, but it was different in a good way. It still has that element of points of views from the gift receivers/givers, and the storyline itself had real meaning. The characters were well developed and you ended up cheering for everyone by the end, even the "bad" guys.

All in all,  this is an awesome book to read by itself, but if you want MY opinion:

Read this book with:

  1. Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne playing in the background
  2. A cup of hot chocolate (or hot beverage of your choice)
  3. As a companion to Caroline B. Cooney's What Child is This?
  4. and a box of tissues. 

That's all! I loved this book and would gladly read it 100 more times.

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