Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0375858717 ISBN-13: 978-0375858710
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The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?
RT: Which character did you feel closest to? Please explain.
TS: In a weird way, I totally get Mo. He kind of the bad guy in the book, at least, other than the devil. But I know where he’s coming from. He’s not out there to be bad for the sake of being bad. He’s just trying to take care of himself, even looking out for his sister. He sees himself as a good guy, and he’ll spin anything that comes his way until he convinces himself that it’s true.
RT: I love Miriam’s character, are you at all like her?
TS: People love to ask if my characters are like me. And I can see why. My novels are written in first person and that can blur the line between confession and fiction. And any author would be lying if they said their characters were nothing like them. Obviously, Miriam came from my imagination so there is a lot of me in her, but on the whole, we are pretty different. But I think we’d get along.
RT: Miriam and Mo are very close was it hard to watch them fight all the time?
TS: It was hard! My editor kept pushing me. She said, Miriam has to stand up to Mo, you can’t let him walk all over her. So I would go back and have Miriam push a little. And my editor would say, More!
Reading Teen asks Miriam some questions...
RT: What did you learn the most through this incredible journey?
M: I learned that doubt is okay. That you have to do the right thing anyway, even if it scares the pants off you.
RT: What would be your one regret?
M: That night Emmett and I stopped kissing. Kidding! I guess that I’m sorry I took so long to believe in what was right in front of me.
RT: What would be your one achievement?
M: I like to think that I have more than just one achievement. But I am proud of my relationship with Mo. He’s my brother, so obviously I have to love him. But we have something more than that. I keep him honest. Not everyone could do that.
RT: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
M: Tres Leches.
Thank-you Tammar and Miriam for your time.