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From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Walker Childrens
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Cara
Feb 04, 2010 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
Shelves: 2010, paranormal
What would you do if you saw someone out in the cold? Forget about them and assume they are a bum, or reach out for him in your own little way? Well Katrina chooses the later and has no idea how that decision will change the week to come...

Looking back after a couple of days I hadn't realized that most of the events occur in one week. So much happens in this week that changes Katrina's life. She goes through so much; not only with the business, grandma, and friends but within herself. It's most...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
Coffeehouse Angel is a light hearted, coffee induced, heavenly tale of love, friendship and family. Suzanne Selfors masterfully captures the essence of a small town and it’s often time quirky inhabitants. Those coffeehouse frequenters were a riot!

Something about Kartina didn’t sit well with me. For all her genuine concern, and caring personality, there was something perfectly annoying about her. The secondary characters, however, were enjoyable.

The thing that really made the book a pleasurable r...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.com

Katrina works daily in her grandmother's traditional Scandinavian coffeehouse, has two best friends, and knows her place in the social pyramid at her high school.

Of course, whenever someone thinks they understand life, things are always bound to change.

So is the case when the new-fangled Java Heaven, with its fancy lattes and organic coffee beans, begins putting her grandmother's coffeehouse out of business.

When Katrina finds a stranger sleeping in...more
Valerie
Mar 13, 2011 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Ash
Read this because I knew it was relatively safe. It won't blow your mind, it won't make you see the world in a different way, and it won't make you cry (at least I don't think so). However, I liked it immensely. It was funny, I liked Katrina (not a lot of angst), and I loved the secondary characters. They are very realistic for a book like this. The book does have its depth. The plot was interesting and you get some nice moments.

Katrina and her Grandmother own a coffeehouse that is being crushe...more
Athira
Jan 24, 2013 Athira rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone

"Do you believe in signs?

Lightning striking a car you just stepped out of, a
black cat crossing your path, a piece of frozen toilet
waste falling from an airplane and crashing through
your living room ceiling--that kind of thing? Happenstance,
maybe. Or maybe something bigger than
you is well aware of your existence and trying to
tell you something. I never used to believe that kind
of stuff.
But then I met him...

Simple as that I started loving this novel. Its like a sign, me getting this book. I got th...more
Thalia
Jun 17, 2013 Thalia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for Something Fluffy and Substance-less
Shelves: yhkamc, lrelg-med, e-ufh
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Kristy
Books that you don't hate, but don't love are the hardest to review! Why? There is no passion. I can't bash this one, I can't give it over the top praise; All I can do is shrug my shoulders and say "eh".

Katrina finds a boy sleeping near the dumpsters behind her Grandmother's Coffee shop, she is somewhat scared, but she allows her heart to do the thinking. She gives him some coffee and food. What started as an act of kindness turns out to be a wish granting spree from a Hot Angel. Only Katrina do...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

Katrina lived most of her life in her grandmother's coffee shop, helping her maintain the place with another friend Irmgaard, who has been helping them out without a word because of her vow of silence. Business for their coffee shop was dying because of the next door coffee shop Java Heaven, which is more modern than theirs, and naturally attracts more customers. Katrina generally keeps to herself, happy with her two best friends Vincent and Elizabeth, but deep insi...more
Amy M
Katrina has spent her entire life in Nordby, a cute and cozy Norwegian-founded town located in the Pacific Northwest. She helps her Grandma Anna run their family business, Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse. Business at the coffeehouse isn't so hot because the only customers they really have are the old folks in town who prefer Anna's coffee and Norwegian snacks while the rest of the town frequents trendy, always-bustling Java Heaven. . .which is right next door to Anna's!

When the story b...more
Fred
Feb 29, 2012 Fred rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Fred by: Halyna Hurdish
This is a lovely, subtle book. The word heartwarming seems to have acquired some unfortunately schmaltzy connotations, which is too bad, because it really describes the feeling I got reading Katrina's story. Katrina is a self-described ordinary girl (yeah, she's a bit hard on herself), but when she shares some leftover pastries and coffee with a handsome homeless guy asleep in the alley behind her grandmother's coffeeshop, her hitherto mundane life becomes a series of unexpected experiences and...more
Tabatha
I liked Coffeehouse Angel, even though I have to admit I got frustrated at times.. But at all the right times! Does that make sense? No? Hmph, I didn't think so :|
Let me clarify: it wasn't the story itself that frustrated me, it was certain events that occurred in the story that gave me the urge to scream into my pillow.. (OK, so I'll admit it.. I screamed into my pillow..) and that only made me appreciate the story more!

Also, I would like to point out right about now that I would really really...more
Angélica
Nov 01, 2011 Angélica rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: YA romance fiction fans
Recommended to Angélica by: Goodreads
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is told in first-person, which can easily rile me up. There were times when I got frustrated with the protagonist, Katrina, but in general it was okay. At least she didn't bombard me with descriptions and purple prose.
I'm glad that Katrina developed into a more mature person by the end. I especially liked her relationship with her grandma, and the mystery surrounding one of the characters really piqued my curiosity. I confess that I wasn't real...more
Aik Chien 인첸
I absolutely adored this book! It holds my attention until the last page! Coffeehouse Angel is narrated by Katrina, the shy and self-conscious girl who lives with her grandmother, Anna, who owns an old-fashioned coffeehouse. Katrina thinks herself as plain and ordinary, being not aware of her talents. When her grandmother falls sick and her business is threatened by their next-door-neighbor, Java Heaven, Katrina's worries starts to double.

Although Malcolm is an angel, his appearance is quite qui...more
Krystle
I’m here to confess a secret; I have a soft spot for stories that revolve around coffeehouses, coffee, or tea. I don’t know why but I just do. Maybe it’s because I drink tea on a near daily routine.

I wasn’t really hoping for much from this book and I have to say it met my expectations. It’s a cute, fluffy, and light book with a sweet romance added in to make that much more delectable. If you’re looking for some angsty, deep insight to the human soul and what not, you won’t find that here. It’s i...more
Audrey (holes In My brain)
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Alex
Coffeehouse Angel did not disappoint. It's every bit as cute and just as easy to relate to as I thought. For a light novel, it also provides quite bit of insight and sensible passages. For example,

"Our main focus as teenagers, according to just about everyone, is to jam-pack our lives with activities so that we can get into an Ivy League college and therefore succeed in life. Because that's the way it works. Weak application = crappy college. Crappy college = crappy job. Crappy job = crappy life...more
Lisa
My Cover Opinion:

Another one of these colorful covers; crazy blue. But I don't like it very much, the coffee cup idea is cute, but its not that interesting:/

My Character Opinion:

My Favorite; was either Malcolm or Vincent. Their both great guys! Vincent is Katrina's best friend, while Malcolm is the angel she found laying in the back alley of the coffee shop one morning. Sadly Malcolm isn't in the story as much as I'd hoped he'd be, but we do see more of Vincent and the way he keeps his promise t...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
"Heavenly novel you'll never forget!"

This is one of my gonna be fav novel. Its really really nice,its kinda slow read because I'm super eager what will gonna happen next. At first I just know that this book is like any other angel novel book- typical! but its not. Its kind of boring in the first pages until I'm getting to know Malcolm and what really is happening. And I thought that its Vincent that Katrina will end of.

Its really give a happy filling in its last pages. All the characters ended u...more
Jannat Bhat ( Obsessive Compulsive Reader)
With a combination of contemporary romance and a pinch of paranormal, Coffehouse Angel managed to surprise me. This light-hearted, heavy on the caffeine novel tells a tale of rewarding a good deed gone wrong. It was a comedy of heavenly errors crafted in such a way that made everything happened for a reason and explicable.It had funny, quirky characters and a plot that didn't evoke extreme emotions. And there's nothing wrong with that. Not every read has to take you to extreme highs or lows. Som...more
Emma
The coffeehouse angel is about two coffeehouses competing on the same street; one's more appealing to teens, one's more appealing to seniors. You can guess which one's doing better. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sitting in their declining shop's alley, she decides to give him some pastries and a coffee. Little did she know, he'll stop at nothing to reward her.
Katie
Katrina Svensen is a relatively normal teenage girl until she wakes up one morning to an angel sleeping in her alley. Katrina doesn't know that he is an angel, though. She thinks he is just some homeless guy and she decides to do a good deed and leave him some hot coffee and some food.

Little did she know, this angel, Malcolm, believes that he must reward Katrina for her good deed. Katrina still doesn't know that Malcolm is an angel. She has a feeling that he might be a little loony but she decid...more
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Currently, life sucks for Katrina. Since Java Heaven opened up shop next to her Grandmother’s Scandinavian coffeehouse, business has pretty much come to a screeching halt. The bills are piling up, no customers are walking through the door, and yet Katrina and her grandmother must find a way to make ends meat. Katrina is sixteen years old. She should be worrying about boys, her homework, and what she’s going to do on the weekend. Instead, she gets up before school every morning to work in the cof...more
Bookworm1858
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Summary: Katrina works in her grandmother's struggling coffeehouse; one day she does a completely selfless good deed for Malcolm and he becomes determined to reward her with unintentional results.

I enjoyed Selfors' "Saving Juliet" so when I saw this on my library's shelf, I picked it up and devoured it in a few hours-I could not stop reading it!

Katrina was a fun protagonist; it was very easy to root for her-I desperately wanted her to succeed and in general I...more
Delphine
Katrina was a student, a very tall girl at that. Because of that, she rarely has any guy or girl friends. But there's Vincent, who's her best guy friend and is on the swim team. There's also Elizabeth, who's all about art. Her parents died when she was young, so she only had her grandmother.

Just one random day, she meets this guy sleeping at her back alley. Just a small act of kindness from her, leaving him food and water, resulted in this particular homeless guy barging into her school and req...more
Katie
I was honestly surprised at how much I ended up liking Coffeehouse Angel. From the outside, you’d expect a giggly chick-lit kind of story, and to a certain extent, it is. But I’ve never read a young adult book that had me laughing so much, and I mean that in the good way.

The plot is a little odd, and Malcolm’s character turned out a lot more bizarre than the synopsis leads on, but I enjoyed him very much. His curiosity and lack of knowledge to the world was adorable and hilarious. I also think i...more
Joy
I liked that this book was different from the average supernatural teen romance book. The way that the characters interacted was interesting. I especially liked learning about and watching how the feelings and actions between Vincent and the main character changed as the story went on. Malcolm, too, was likeable enough and I found that the romance was neither smothering nor cheesy as there were other things going on in the plot to keep the reader interested. It was refreshing to read a book like...more
Mith
I'm not going to go into the details of this book, Namz has already done a wonderful job of that.

This was a fun, refreshing read. For a change, romance was not the main element of a teen YA novel, it took the back seat and remained there throughout. Indeed, even though the male lead(s) had a pivotal role(s), the focus remained entirely on Katrina.

Also, this book stood out because, again, for a change, the heroine was NOT in love with her male best friend -
“Do you think it's weird that we're no...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Who knew performing an act of good deed to help a homeless man could grant your heart’s desires…

Fortunately for Katrina, Malcolm is not what he seems. He’s a messenger on an important mission to deliver a message and he’s determined to reward Katrina for her selfless act.

Katrina is surrounded by her best friends Vincent and Elizabeth, who are quite talented and have their life after high school mapped out whereas Katrina doesn’t know exactly what she’s good at, so she’s content working at her...more
Ashley
Coffeehouse Angel is a book by Suzanna Selfors and it’s about a girl named Katrina that works and lives at her grandma’s coffeehouse because her parents died and she is not very popular but also not a loser. She’s an average high school girl with two best friends; one guy best friend(Vincent) and one girl best friend (Elizabeth). One day there is a man out in the alley behind the coffeehouse and she is scared but goes out to him and then leaves him a danish and some coffee. Well there is somethi...more
Mandy Sickle
I picked up Coffeehouse Angel for two reasons one I love coffee shop books and for the paranormal challenge since it involves an Angel. Katrina’s parents died in a car wreck when she was a child so she was raised by her grandparents and she grew up in the family Scandinavian coffeehouse run by her grandparents. After her grandfather passes away all the responsibility fall on her grandmother who isn’t the best at finances, but it doesn’t help that right next door is a new bigger modern organic co...more
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Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.

Please visit her at www.suzanneselfors.com to learn more about her books.

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