Saturday, August 18, 2012
REVIEW: Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Devilish is a book about popularity in high school and the lengths that some students would go to in order to achieve it. The story starts out with a ceremony in which upperclassmen like Jane and Ally are to be paired as mentors with incoming freshman in a Big-Little event. I didn't quite get the importance of this event, but aparently it's a big deal.
So when Ally humiliates herself in a big, flashy way, she feels like there's no hope for her whatsoever. Ally goes to incredible lengths in order to achieve popularity after the most embarassing moment of her life. And Ally will do anything to repair the damage done, including selling her soul to a demon in the form of new sophomore student, Lanalee. But when Ally's best friend, Jane, finds out about it all SHE decides to make another deal with the demon in order to save Ally's soul.
I don't know. Some parts of Devilish really worked for me. I quite liked Jane as a character, she had a fun personality and I liked how much her friendship with Ally meant to her. I was hoping for a bigger sense of friendship between the pair, but it is mostly missing until the last third of the novel. I also like the wackiness of it. I found myself laughing at the craziness of this book - demons and blood-soaked cupcakes and the fact that the show-down of good and evil happens at the Poodle-Prom. But while the quirky storyline kept me reading, I still didn't feel any great connection to the characters.