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Soul Enchilada

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  652 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Girl meets boy at a car wash.
"Dog," she says.
"Dude," he says.

And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance. . . .
If Beals hadn't been sitting next to her in the car.
If Beals hadn't been a supernatural repo man looking to repossess her car.
And to possess her.

David Macinnis Gill delivers the whole enchilada. With a side of soul.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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3.5 stars.

(original review from October 2009 with a few edits)

Soul Enchilada is about Eunice "Bug" Smoot, an eighteen-year-old El Pasoan girl who is struggling to pay her rent and keep a steady job. It seems like things can't get any worse when her landlord pins an eviction notice on her door, but it turns out that Bug's grandfather sold his soul to the Devil in order to buy a car and skipped out on the contract before paying up. Now the devil is out to get Bug, who is the owner of the Cadillac....more
Jackie "the Librarian"
A YA version of Faust, set in El Paso, dude. This girl with the nickname Bug is trying to get by delivering pizzas, and the only real asset she has is this vintage Cadillac her dead grandfather left her.

But one day she looks out to see that it's been egged, and there's a demon sitting in it, who tells her he has come to repossess the car, and her soul, which was collateral on the loan her grandfather made.

Yes, it had potential, but it didn't convince me - the characters were flat, the danger f...more
Author David Macinnis Gill gets five stars not just for an amazing, hang-on-to-your hats read, but for populating his YA novel with teens of color who get to save the day, and the world. I loved how this novel was set in El Paso, Texas (a city I've been to several times) and Gill captures the sights, sounds and smells of a real place that straddles the line (and the Rio Grande) between the U.S. and Mexico with its strong Native American roots.

By the way, Mr. Gill is CAUCASIAN. I feel the need t...more
I was so ready to be done with this book. I listened to the audio book and every time the narrator spoke in Bug's voice I wanted to smack something. The character of Bug drove me bonkers. She was arrogant and loud, which was probably how her character was supposed to be.
Bug is a girl of mixed race - Hispanic and African American - who doesn't do well with people and loves playing basketball. Her mother died when she was young in a fire. She lived with her grandfather, Papa C, who falls...more
I finished the book this weekend and it has everything I love in a book: A kick-ass heroine with an edge and a biting
sense of humor, a bit of the supernatural, basketball, a phenomenal car, a great cultural setting, romance, interesting evil characters, and a few scenes that make me tear up.

Bug's grandpa sold his soul to the devil in order to buy a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz and then died and skipped out on the contract without turning over the car or his soul. The devil's repo man, Mr. Beals, shows...more
I was really excited to read this novel and thought the premise was awesome, but it failed to draw me in and I ended up not even finishing it. Bug is a down on her luck girl living in El Paso who discover that her car (and her soul) are about to be repossessed by a demon. Enter some supernatural characters, including a demon fighter that Bug just happens to know, and Bug's ready to not go down without a fight.

The writing felt really choppy. Bug narrated the book much the way she spoke (short sen...more
I had high hopes for this book. When Bug Smoot discovers that her grandfather had bargained away HER soul so that he could drive a Cadillac, she has no intention of going to Hell. There had to be a way out. Armed with her boyfriend, who happens to work on the side of the angels, she makes the devil meet her on her terms. But Bug is way too stereotypical. She's a Tejana, but doesn't speak Spanish. However, her English grammar is so poor that I'm not sure what language she speaks. She has a chip o...more
Ok, so yes: you pitch me a book about a girl fighting a demonic repo agent, and I'm sold. (I'll also be thinking about "Reaper", RIP.) But you're some old guy who's never been to El Paso, writing in the voice of a sassy blatina chick? What happened to "write what you know"? This book made a satisfying snack, but left me wishing for a little more meat.
Sunny Smith
Best book I've read in a really long time! This BOOK NEEDS TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
When Eunice "Bug" Smoot is threatened with eviction, loses her job and has her last pay check bounce, she doesn't think life could get any worse. Then it does. Not only is there a demon repossesing her prized 1958 Cadillac Biarritz, but she learns that her deceased grandfather, Papa C, sold his soul to the devil for that car! Then the situation goes beyond worse as she learns that Papa C traded HER soul as well. Many people would just give up but Bug is made of stronger stuff and she fights bac...more
the reason why I chose this book is because when my reading teacher tolled us about this book it sounded interasting so I started reading the book and I found that this book is quite interasting. The genre of this book is pairnormal or fantisy but Im thinking more pairnormal. The setting where the book take plase is in "Bug" (the mean character) apartment and the apartment is two hundred sqare foot roach motel with half bath, no phone, no cadle, and no air conditioner. the mean character name is...more
i was so engrossed in soul enchilada by david gill, that i very nearly missed my train stop while whizzing through the english countryside. this book was a surprise to me in a fantastic way on all counts. i loved the characters gill created, he pegged bug's voice so well, i'd suspect him of being a sassy teenaged girl if i didn't know any better. she's smart, she's funny, she's fearless. and you have to be, if you've got the devil chasing after your soul.

the book has it all, fantastic myth, scar...more
Jun 18, 2009 Jerm rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Language, too much going on, not great diaglog, and then well...demons.

I thought I would like this one. I've been waiting on it, and finally got it on cd. Yay! or not. Ok, so the girl is 1) mixed race 2) dirt poor 3) no family, and 4) in hock to the devil. So I put this one in the same category as the Part Time Indian book. Too much going on. I think a book about a dirt poor girl in El Paso might fly, but add the supernatural to it and it never really leaves the ground. Disappointing, and on to...more
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Dijon Miller
David Macinnis Gills "Soul Enchilada" is an inspiring story of an 18-year-old girl named Eunice "Bug" Smoot Deep in El Paso, Texas Eunice “Bug” Smoot is behind on the rent and in danger of losing her job delivering pizzas, but at least she’s got a smooth ride—a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz bequeathed by Papa C. her grandfather. Then the repo man shows up, also known as the devil. Turns out Papa C. financed the car with his soul but disappeared upon death. Bug’s got till midnight Halloween to produce g...more
Ariana Deralte
The premise of a teen dealing with her grandfather selling her soul to the devil to buy a car was excellent. In execution, I expected more humour and less horror and got the reverse, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing but perhaps gave you more time to focus on the book's weak points. I loved things like the lawyer, old Stan's appearances, and the glimpses of El Paso's culture, but found the language rather repetitive, and Bug's characterization could be a bit off putting.
Aug 13, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone 12 and up.
David Macinnis Gill is purely brilliant in his debut novel. From the first pages, you can't help but fall in love with Bug Smoot. She's feisty, independent, and just found out her dearly departed grandfather sold his soul to Old Scratch and used her soul as collateral. Only problem is Papa C skipped out on his part of the agreement, leaving Bug holding the bill. Soul Enchilada is packed full of wit, charm, and demon-fighting-soul-betting fun.
Michelle Rebar
This book is FRIGGIN GREAT! A hilarious, paranormal riot! When a Demon comes to collect the soul (and car) of a feisty girl named Bug, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. She and her friend Pesto, who is way more than he seems, take on the whole underworld to reclaim what is hers.

If you are a fan of Christopher Moore, I recommend this one!
I heard really good things about this book but I was unimpressed. I just never got into the story. It took me about 3 weeks to finish reading it and I ended up skimming the last quarter of the book.
Monica Edinger
This book is tremendous fun. Bug is such a feisty heroine! I love the Faustian storyline, the setting, and the fresh storyline. Extremely entertaining.
Nov 28, 2008 Suzanne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
I like the premise of the book more than its execution, but the premise is so awesome it hardly matters.
Mar 31, 2009 Barry added it
Good fun...spanish flavored demon action, cocky heroine, a bit of romance. Worked for me!
Now here's a truly refreshing concept: a teen paranormal story that *isn't* about your typical middle-class white girl teenager. Eunice "Bug" Smoot is trying desperately to make rent on her depressingly run-down apartment in El Paso by delivering pizzas in her most valuable & most prized possession, the pristine 1958 Cadillac Biarritz convertible she inherited from her chronically broke grandfather, Papa C. Eunice is used to having to figure things out on her own - abandoned by her African-A...more
Shaniqua Lizardo
3.5 stars.

So this was my procrastination book, meaning I read it in during finals week in between exams and papers because I didn't want to study. The last book I tried to read while the school year was going on lasted five months, so for finals week, I knew to pick a book that I wanted to stick with for a long time and that would offer a breather in between work. Soul Enchilada was that book.

Though I wouldn't say it's my favoritest book of all time, it's definitely not a bad read either. As a c...more
Young Adult literature that leads students to classic texts and that incorporates classical allusions into the narrative appeal to me. "Soul Enchilada" follows the Faustian archetype and draws from classical Greek mythology, as well as modern lore to create Bug's, the protagonist's, world.

The plot centers on Bug, a high school dropout, who is among the disenfranchised in El Paso, Texas. Bug delivers pizza in her the classic Cadillac her deceased Papa C willed to her, while dodging her sleazy lan...more
My book called Soul is a very good book and some parts of the book is very scarey and heart warming. Its creepy is you really pay attention its about a young girl that was very close with her grandfather. He had passed away and left his car with his grandaughter and now the devil is trying to repo the car from her.

Setting: Young Grandaughter apartment.

Protagonist: The young grandaughter dont no whats going on and its hard for her to get on work on time. The animals around her apartment always p...more
Wisteria Leigh
Soul Enchilada: The Devil is in the Details is a riotous, rip roaring ride in a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz about to be repossessed by Mr. Beals, otherwise known as Beelzebub. The current owner is Bugs, a struggling young teen, who can barely make rent, and barely make it to work. She has title to the car, because she co:signed for her grandfather, who without her knowledge, had made a side deal with the devil before his demise that included giving him his soul if he could just have this beautiful Ca...more
Humorous and imaginative, Soul Enchilada follows Eunice “Bug” Smoot on an adventure to save her soul. Bug is forced to struggle with poverty on her own after all the family she has in her life, her mother Mita, Auntie Pearl, and her grandfather Papa C, have passed away. All that she is left with is a vintage Cadillac cherished by Papa C and left to her upon his death two years earlier. Little does she know that Papa C sold the only thing of value he had to obtain that Cadillac: his soul. Unbekno...more
Thomas Rhee
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill is a novel filled with action and thrilling suspense. Bug, a girl living in a cockroach infested apartment with a minimal paying job wakes up with the devil in her car. After things go from bad to worse, she learns that she has 60 hours to save her soul from being taken for eternity due to a decision her grandfather known as Papa C. made. With the help of her friends and a crazy demon-slaying team full of immature workers in the streets of El Paso, she goes...more
I *think* I liked this. Bug was a likable enough character, and Pesto was fairly well-developed. The supernatural elements were interesting but I wish they would have been more developed. I feel like interesting parts were mentioned but then never fully explored. The biggest issue though was that the ending was insanely predictable. You could tell exactly what was going to happen in the big climax by the end of the fifth chapter - basketball, Papa and Mita, Pesto, incantation, everything. There...more
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David Macinnis Gill is the author of the award-winning novels Black Hole Sun and Soul Enchilada, both from Greenwillow/Harper Collins. His short stories have appeared in several magazines, including The Crescent Review and Writer’s Forum. His critical biography of young adult author Graham Salisbury, Graham Salisbury: Island Boy, was published by Scarecrow Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree in En...more
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