Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan is a YA novel, but it will appeal to adults as well. Parents, this YA novel is completely safe to share with your kids in middle school and up. It’s a powerful and compassionate look at suicide as seen through the eyes of a teenager who does the unthinkable. In this story, “purgatory” means that a person becomes the guardian angel for someone else contemplating the same fate. Purgatory ends when the ultimate choice for life or death is made.

A.J. Cattapan has written a powerful story with terrific characters. I was carried away by Nanette’s battle to keep her charge from giving in to the darkness and evil that tried to surround her.

Suicide is a difficult and dark subject but the author has written a story based on hope, not darkness–and that’s what distinguishes this book from the plethora of depressing YA novels on the same subject.

Barb Szyszkiewicz is the editor of and Cook and Count.This review first appeared on and is reproduced here with the author’s permission.