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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,145 ratings  ·  358 reviews
Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

Everybody deserves a vacation, right? Especially if you have a pointless job like tormenting the damned. So who could blame me for blowing off my duties and taking a small, unauthorized break?

Besides, I've always wanted to see what physical existence is like. That's why I "borrowed" the slightly used body of a slacker t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by HarperTeen
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Look at the cover. What do you see? Yep, a demon! Demons don’t generally promote a feeling of tranquility do they? However, this one is smiling which is unusual. When you read the first line of REPOSSESSED, First thing I did was, I stole a body, you don’t quite know what you are getting into. Thoughts of a demon inhabiting a teenager and running around causing havoc enters your mind. But, you soon find out that isn’t the case at all.

Kiriel is one of the fallen, condemned to a life in hell tormet
Andrew Hicks
In the 2007 Printz Honor-recipient YA novel Repossessed, Kiriel, one of hell's overworked, underappreciated minions, takes leave of absence, heads up to earth and possesses the body of 17-year-old Shaun. In a convenient sidestep on author A.M. Jenkins' part, Kiriel hijacks and salvages Shaun's body at the exact moment before he was about to get hit by a bus and die, so Shaun's not really gonna miss anything anyway.

Jenkins conveys well Kiriel's wonderment at being able to inhabit the physical uni
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

As humans involved in our daily lives, we often take the world for granted. Our days are filled with boring, humdrum activities. A. M. Jenkins creates a new twist on the mundane in his new book REPOSSESSED.

First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you
An eternity of reflecting one's misery back on oneself, as it turns out, gets quite dull. Really, it's torturous. You can't change anything at this point, it's all been said and done. And the thanklessness of it...well. It's just more than Kiriel can deal with. So what if he's breaking all the rules? He deserves a vacation. And the body he slipped into...well, it was about to die anyway.

After eternity as a spirit, the physical realm is quite something. In fact, Kiriel is giving the Creator props
Kiriel is one of the Fallen, one of the angels who supported Satan in his uprising. But after spending millennia in the bowels of Hell, reflecting the sorrows of the sinners under his jurisdiction while living out his own eternal punishment, things have become a little stale and he decides to take a little vacation.

In order to take this vacation, Kiriel hijacks the body of the unassuming Shaun seconds before he dies - Kiriel thinks this perfectly acceptable, after all, he was going to die anyway
Cheryl Gatling
Don't let the horns and tail fool you, nor the flames on the cover. This short, cute novel about a demon who steals the body of a teenage boy, has more good in it than evil. It is sweet, gently comic, downright inspiring, and provides some serious food for thought. It is Kiriel's job to torment the damned, but all he really has to do is mirror their failures to them, and they torment themselves with regret. It's tedious work, and Kiriel tires of it after a few eons. He swoops into Shaun's body t ...more
"Earnest Devil Does Some Good in the World?"
"Teenage Boy Enriched By Possession?"
"God Has a Plan, Even for Evil Minions?"
"God Doesn't have a Plan, but You Should Do Some Good Anyway?"

I just saw this book on Laura's list, and it was on the very first shelf I saw at the library yesterday, so I snagged it and read it in the afternoon. It was a fun fast read, with some funny bits, and now that I've been thinking about it for a day, I'm not sure how to review it.
Hence the headlines above.
The take-aw
Esther Barajikian
The book, "Repossessed" written by A.M. Jenkins is an award-winning (Michael L. Printz Award) fantasy novel written to appeal to advanced readers. It is the story of a fallen angel, Kiriel, who is tired of his job in Hell and decides to inhabit the body of a 17 year old American boy. Throughout the book, Kiriel participates in several activities that are apparently common for the modern teenage boy and throughout the process gains a new perspective on the nature of both "creation" and the "Creat ...more
This book got me interested with the first sentence, "First thing I did was, I stole a body". Who wouldn't be interested with that sentence? I was intrigued by this book because it did not show it in the view of an angel (well techncally it did, a fallen angel) or nephillim. It was in the prespective of the supossed bad guy, a demon (aka fallen angel). Kiriel is an interesting person. Kind of reminded me of Jack from "Nightmare Before Christmas". It was interesting how his mind worked. He knew a ...more
I wanted more from this book. It sounded so cute, like such a neat idea, but it fell a little flat to me. Repossessed is the story of Kiriel, a fallen angel who possesses the body of Shaun, a slacker teen who wasn't doing much with it anyway, as Kiriel quips. Kiriel tries to experience life as Shaun, luxuriating in the senses humans possess and the activities he's seen humans do but never been able to do himself. He is at first rather sex-obsessed (fitting, as he inhabits a teenage boy), but as ...more
H.I. Almuhairi
Repossessed questions the afterlife and Hell and the meaning of demons/devils and the banishment of God's favorite (Satan) after he refused to follow God's words.

I had no idea what I was getting into. I was kind of looking for a breezy and fun story and in a way, this is, just not up to my standards.

The story was pretty good at the beginning, and made me think more of the normal, everyday life that I took for granted.

Then it started getting tedious and preachy. I know, it's from a devil's poin
Kiriel is sick of Hell; that’s where he works. He’s a demon although he prefers to be called a Fallen Angel. So, he decides to take a vacation by stealing the body of a slacker teen named Shaun. It seems a good way for him to experience human emotions and experiences. Even though Kiriel could get in a lot of trouble for his vacation, he risks it, because he was in Hell to begin with and he would only be sent back there. But as Kiriel experiences life in Shaun’s body, he starts to develop relatio ...more
If you read this book as a story about a kid who's possessed, you'll miss the point. It's not that you can't read it for that. The Fallen One (because the beings who run Hell are fallen from Heaven... it's in the Bible) who runs the kid has interesting goals, and he goes about them in a truly unique way. The real point of the book, however, is a meditation on what it means to be human. What divides us from animals? What divides us from anything that exists? There are passages about noticing thin ...more
A strangely interesting read. The cover might lead you to expect a funny or satiric devil story, but this is actually a surprisingly deep, spiritual read. Kiriel is a demon who takes an unauthorized vacation from Hell by possessing Shaun, and we lucky readers can appreciate the wonders of creation (ketchup, carpet, soap, etc.)from this new perspective. I was struck by how much Kiriel's awe over sensual details sounds like someone experiencing hallucinogenic drugs, and he is quite interested in s ...more
Brandi Smith
A.M. Jenkins was awarded the 2008 Michael L. Printz Honor for this work of fantasy. It is intended for the advanced reader (A). In this novel Kiriel, a fallen angel, inhabits the body of a teenaged boy after he is struck by a vehicle. While in this body, Kiriel explores life on Earth as a teenager.
I gave this book 4 stars. It is evident from the very beginning that Kiriel is not a stereotypical demon. He is kind, thoughtful, vulnerable, and inquisitive. I enjoyed following Kiriel's development a
This book catches you right from the first sentence when a demon steals a body. Forget everything you think you know about demons aka Fallen Angels. This one just wants to experience human life. This is a cute story with some humorous bits thrown in. My only's too short. The author could have added so much more.
This was much more entertaining than doing my taxes! The story is about Kiriel, a Fallen Angel, as he prefers to be called, rather than a Demon. Doomed for eternity to watch over the whiny damned, he decided he wants to experience human life, and sin for himself, even if briefly. He steals the body of a teen-aged boy who is about to step out into traffic and get killed, and spends a few days enjoying an embodied life. There is so much to look at, taste, feel. The hopes of sex actually lead to a ...more
Amazing. Philosophy and teenage lust and lunchroom drama and thoughts on our very existence. Don't be fooled by the cover, this isn't about exorcisms or even really about demons. It is unique, thought-provoking and incredibly fun to read. Quite a feat. Highly recommend.
Jan 27, 2009 Debrarian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: irreverent teens of all genders
Shelves: fantasy, ya-aka-teen
Short & sweet! Kiriel is one of the Fallen Angels, aka "demons," who spend eternity witnessing the torment of souls in Hell. He finds the job a bit tiresome and decides to take a vacation in the form of possessing the body of an American teen seconds before he loses his life by stepping in front of a bus. All the messy, detailled business of mortal living fascinates Kiriel, and he tries to live as fully as he can - eating the divine catsup, befriending his body (Shaun)'s little brother, and ...more
Jason Kurtz
I met A. M. Jenkins in 2008, and have been meaning to get this book read for quite a while. The plot and concept are interesting but the book suffers for continuity issues and needed better editing.

I had never thought quite so much about editing before as I did with this book. I felt like I knew where the author wanted to go, but she just didn't quite get there, and I felt that the voice was inconsistent for the character, another area where an editor should have thrown a flag.

Over-all, I thoug
The book was nice. When I now think about it, I really like it. It's just that I had pretty high expectations from it, and I really like the whole plot, I just think it could have been a whole lot better with a slightly different direction to it, maybe even darker.
That being said, I did like the book - the setting, the characters, the style and etc. I think it's a really nice book, and the author is great, but that it was sort of disappointing to find out it wasn't this cool and dark book about
Taylor Reid
Needed to be longer, or make a second book because the ending makes you go "WHYYYYYYYY?!?!??"
This book was simultaneously fantastic and horrifying to me.

A brief summary:
Kiriel is a fallen angel, doomed to forever reflect the suffering and sorrow of souls trapped in hell. Deciding he's had enough, he leaves, taking the body of a 17 year old boy with him and learning what it's like to live through his own experiences, rather than the regret of the trapped souls.

On the surface this book is incredibly comical. There's tones of humor, my favorite being the sarcasm and the
Tim Cichon
Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins. An award winning writer, who has also written other great books such as, Breaking Boxes, Damage, Out of Order, Beating Heart: A Ghost Story. She has had a long history of varying jobs. Jenkins say a Liberal Arts degree can only be of so much assistance in this career. But, her book Repossessed shows readers otherwise.
Told from first point of view, of the mind of a demon. The demon, Kiriel, takes over Shaun’s mortal body. Kiriel has carefully observed Shaun’s everyda
"First thing I did was stole a body". This is the first sentence you read and it already catches ur attention. The book is interesting, it's about a demon, wait no a fallen angel. "Don't call me a demon I prefer the term fallen angel". This fallen angel "borrows" a teens body and takes the life as him and examines the way humans lives. As the demon is in this body he grows feelings and he isn't used to it because demons don't have feelings. The teen that this demon is in his family dosent give a ...more
Jan 31, 2008 elissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to elissa by: Richie Partington; Printz Committee
Wonderful! 4 1/2 stars. An absolutely unique idea and I couldn't put it down. It would make a great booktalk, it doesn't have anything really objectionable in it, and it was way better than the other book of hers that I read (although I liked that one, too). I added this to my "to read" shelf the day it won a Printz Honor. I had thought about reading it recently, but hadn't gotten around to it. I'm glad that the Printz committee got me to move it to the top of my list!
Taouba Ismail
Ismail Taouba
December 5, 2014
English 7-3

This book talks about a demon who is tired of his dull life. He wanted to live like a human and experience things of his own. He wanted to have fun but "First thing I did was, I stole a body" (Jenkins 1). He stole the body of a teenager named Shaun. He had an easy life perfect for this demon. From there on, he experienced the things only a human can experience.

This demon started slow, he first started talking, then walking, soon enough he has already start
Wendee Vezzetti
Jun 18, 2014 Wendee Vezzetti rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Secondary: grades 7-12
Shelves: schl-5200
Kiriel is a demon in hell, bored with being a demon. Shaun is a slacker teenager with no direction, goals or consideration in his life. At the exact, precise time when Shaun gets hit by a truck, Kiriel possesses Shaun's body and is absolutely amazed with being a human. The readers learn to enjoy all of what being human has to offer us.

AGES: Secondary, grades 7-12.

This is a lighthearted, funny read in teen literature that can "hook" boys. Side note: I find it refreshing when t
Kiriel is tired of being the mirror of suffering in Hell. This fallen angel decides that it is time for a vacation. He possesses the body a slacker boy, just before the body meets its untimely demise. Kiriel as Shaun, decides he is going to live it up in the corporeal form. Nobody in Shaun's life suspects anything, even though he is totally acting out of character. He begins hanging out with his younger brother and a girl who has a massive crush on him. Little does everyone know, but "Shaun" wan ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a clever, funny book with a lot beneath the surface
Shelves: bbya, printz
Printz Honor * BBYA. Kiriel, who prefers the term “fallen angel” to demon, finds a perfect vessel for a vacation in a suburban American teenager. Is he really ready for adolescence and what kind of trouble could he possibly get into as he discovers the glory of the flesh for the first time?
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Born in 1961. Have lived in TX all my life. Divorced with three sons, two dogs (Hobo and Tyson), two cats (Waldo and Smudge), and two gerbils (Nimbus and Gobi). Jobs throughout my life include pizza maker, ice cream dipper, day care worker, bookstore manager, aerobics instructor, high school math teacher, elementary reading tutor, and freelance writer (warning: this, kiddies, is what may happen to ...more
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