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.