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When Ally sells her soul in exchange for popularity, it's up to Jane to put it all on the line to save her friend.
Published (first published September 7th 2006)
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This is not the type of book I would usually pick up, but I read Maureen Johnson's blog and love it so much that I had to read one of her books. My library only had Devilish so I thought I would give it a shot. Well, I started last night and finished before lunch today. It was an excellent light read-- plot was good and captivating, I could relate to the main character (though perhaps not her situation ;)) and the Maureen Johnson humour that I love in her blog shone through. Definitely recommend ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Haha. Wow. This book was AWESOME!!! The first few chapters seem a little weird, but you'll get hooked once you get into it. Really weird, and pretty scary, but I loved it. :) I applaud Maureen Johnson once again. :D
Johnson’s section of Let It Snow made me want to check out more of her work; this particular book may not have been the right choice as, though it’s well-written, it suffers from a rather weak plot. Smart, rebellious Catholic schoolgirl Jane is (naturally) shocked to discover that her best friend, socially awkward Ally, has sold her soul to a demon. Sub-par Scoobying ensues. Johnson’s—I feel pretentious using this word, but okay, her mythology seems very poorly thought out. The rules of her univ ...more
Shaun Duke
I have to admit something to all of you. When I first picked this book up from my pile of award nominees I had very low expectations for it. I thought it was going to be terrible. I really did. I'm not sure why I thought this. Perhaps it had to do with the cover, which, while perfectly fitting for the story itself, would never have grabbed my interest in the book store--not in a million years. This has a lot to do with the fact that the story is more aimed, in my opinion, towards teenage girls. ...more
Jun 20, 2008 Meg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scott Westerfeld Fans (similar style)
Recommended to Meg by: A Nameless Librarian I would love to thank
Shelves: the-best
I loved this book. I borrowed it from the library but have since purchased it so I can make notes in the margins. I am a writer myself so I like to study great works of literature. In my opinion this is one of them. I was skeptical when I heard people say such things as "I couldn't put it down." because we all know, everyone says that. I'm not a stay-up-late-to-find-out-the-ending type of person but with this book, I just couldn't stop. It has a wonderful plot that keeps you in suspense right up ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Molly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book's setting is a fictionalized version of my mom's high school (she and the author went to the same school! Tho many, many years apart.) Will definitely have to get around to it some day soon.
Devilish by Maureen Johnson is a FANTASTIC book. I would recommend this book to so many people because of its quality and storyline. The events in Devilish seem like they are going by so fast and you can never guess what will happen next.
The main characters in this book is Jane Jarvis and Allison Concord. These two girls are best friends and seniors at Saint Teresa's Preparatory School for Girls. Jane is short, and has spiky blonde hair. Allison however, had washy red blonde hair but changed
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Summary: Seniors Jane and Allison aren’t popular, but they have each other. When Allison makes a dangerous deal to gain a little popularity, can Jane save her?

Review: This was the first book I read after my month-long Harry Potter revival, so I sort of expected to be let down. But this is Maureen Johnson, so I should have known better.

What I loved:

* Cupcakes—On the cover, in the story. Mmm. After I finished the book, I ran right out to our
The cover was the reason this book caught my eye. It's so cute and totally diferent from other books. The only thing that creeped me out were the eyes because they're kinda...weird-looking. But other than that, very chic. Love the cupcake too. :D
For the characters, at first, I thought Ally was really annoying because she kept whining about how her life sucks and that no one wanted to be her "freshman". It was this ritual where seniors would get a freshman for a day and spend time with them. [Pe
Kat Alexander
It all started with a cupcake...

Well, not really. It started at prom night, when Alison's date never came. Stood up by a guy off the internet, the shame! And then Jane's boyfriend of just over seven months broke up with her and started ignoring her even as a friend. And then the cupcake. And Ally's puke all over the freshman. And then Ally's new haircut. And then Jane found out that her best-and-only friend was dating her ex, but also had sold her soul to the devil.

Well, the devil likes games...
Carmaletta Hilton
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Again, this was a book I just pulled off the library shelves because I needed a book to read. I'm beginning to think I should do it more often. I'm finding some great books that way. Anyway, I'd seen this one a number of times, and Maureen Johnson's a good writer. I couldn't really turn it down (when I didn't have any other books in my hands).

Jane's your average genius stuck in a horrifying Catholic school that's run by some very scary nuns. She's best friends with a girl named Allison who feels
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
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I was thrilled to hear that Harper Collins is publishing some of Maureen Johnson's earlier work here in the UK. As much as I love her Shades of London series and I'm dying to read the next book in the series, I've also been incredibly curious to read the books that haven't been as readily available here in England. I've enjoyed all of the books I have read by Maureen Johnson, and while Devilish can be quite fun, there was something la
I decided to read the novel Devilish as the blirb made it sound very unusual and different from the books I normally read. The novel fitted the category on the bingo board: fantasy and this genre was interesting as I haven't read a fantasy book in a while and especially not one about devils and Satan which I have NEVER read before. I found this book very strange and didn't like it at all as it was too fast paced, lacking realistic motives, human emotions and the way the school is set up is extre ...more
This book was about Jane (the protag) and a demon. What makes the whole situation personal, is the fact that Ally, Jane's best friend, sold her soul to this demon which in turn is the devil. Predictably it's up to Jane to get her friend out of the crappy situation, because Jane is the 'fixer'. Ally turns on Jane for beauty, grace and wealth.
Jane goes to a Catholic girls' school, and there's this whole secret realm of dead-but-living 'people' who either want to sell human souls/take peoples' life
Jan 03, 2008 ananka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14+
It took me a little while to get into the meat of this book, but once I did, it had me hooked.

Jane's best friend Allison is acting strangely. Once a meek and geeky girl, Allison has transformed into a sleek, stylish, self-assured senior. And she's dating Jane's ex! Something dark is afoot in Providence and Jane is going to figure it out.

Jane, as the main character, could have been more defined. We only see her surface for most of the story, and while she is depicted as smart and quirky--in a Ver
Rachel VB
Loved this book, I never read anything quite like it before, featuring a girl making a deal with a representative of the devil to sell her soul, friend steps in, toes get cut off, etc etc. It's not like any ordinary girls in high school story.
A true case of Do Not Judge The Book By Its Cover.
Neither the ridiculous tagline ("What would you give to be popular?") nor the cover do the book any justice or are even remotely related to it. Maureen Johnson herself wrote about blatant sexism in the publ
This must be the third book of Johnson's I've read, and it will probably be the last. In comparison to the previous samples of her oeuvre it's actually quite impressive, but the ending isn't just lax, it's criminally lazy. What is it with YA authors? Even the ones who can actually write and plot and characterise, such as in this case, just reach approximately three hundred pages and say 'DONE NOW.' Loose ends, what loose ends? It's a real pity in this case because Johnson was clearly trying to d ...more
Nina at Death Books and Tea
Review: Jane and Allison have always been best friends. They’re practically all the other has. So they’re in their senior year, and they’re meant to pair up with a new girl. Jane doesn’t get anyone, but after a small fuss, Allison gets Lanalee. And then Allison really changes. No transformation should be this sudden. Jane does some investigation. And discovers that Allison has done a deal with a devil.
I was looking forwards to this- Maureen Johnson plus devils. It’s definitely an original and am
Lou Jonelle
Devilish by Maureen Johnson is a interesting book for girls that are getting ready to go to high school. This book mostly represents popularity. How every girl wants to have a lot of friends, or just needs the attention.

The main characters in this book are Jane Jarvis and Ally Concord. They are both sophomores attending St. Teresa's. Jane, is the popular one at the school, while Ally is just a normal girl who just really doesn't care about what she wears, or how she looks like. She's one of t
To be honest, when I read the back cover of this book I thought it was going to be pretty bad- I was only reading it because of Maureen Johnson. But I actually really enjoyed it! It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but I think she did a good job of incorporating the supernatural into a young adult novel without being super annoying and over-romanticized about it. I feel like the first person narration was kind of a downfall in a way, since I really wish we had perspective from people who kne ...more
Alex Scott
I'm not going to sugarcoat it: This book starts off horribly clunky. For the first several chapters, it felt like there was too much exposition, to the point where I had no idea what direction the story was going in. A little air of mystery is nice, but for god's sake, pick up the pace. Funny enough, this is the exact opposite problem I had with one of Johnson's other novels, 13 Little Blue Envelopes. But I digress.

Once I got about a quarter of the way into the book (maybe a fifth, I don't reall
Erinn Paige
Of all of Maureen Johnson's books, this one didn't quite do it for me. It was still a fast read with quick scenes and snappy dialogue, but I felt like it was leading somewhere it didn't quite go-- to be honest I was more interested in the last couple pages, where undead Owen and Jane make out and become a thing, and Jane joins this demon-fighting troop with Brother Frank, than I was when Jane was figuring out how to defeat Lanalee the demon and save her best friend.

I wonder if this is one of th
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For writers: If you want to know what that mysterious "voice" thing is, just read this book. There's so much voice in it, it leaks from the pages and makes your hands sticky.

Strong voice, brilliant plot, clever characters--this one has it all. A wonderful combination of light entertainment and thought-provoking philosophy, this is a highly recommended book.
I do really like Maureen Johnson's writing style. I can get into any bood I read by her simply because I think she's a really good writer and quite smart.

Where this book fell short for me was just in the plot. It was interesting at times and could be a good quirky, sort of weird read for some people who are interested in parapsychology or pseudoscience, but I'm just generally not real big on demon stories. I think this book lacked a lot of development that could have made it more interesting. Th
I'm not giving this book a rating, since the story is not really my style and thus it just didn't jive with me. I like paranormal stuff occasionally, as long as it's done well, and this was, but it was just . . . not weird, precisely, but strange. I can't really describe it. All of Johnson's novels are strange in one way or another, at least the ones I've read, and never in a way that really clicks with me, but I keep trying out her books anyway, because she really is a fantastic writer. So not ...more
Jessica Harmon
I was trying to think of a reason not to like this book. Maybe it's too similar to Maureen Johnson's Name of the Star? Nope. I just really liked everything about this. The east coast setting makes everything seem a little more Hogwartsy, but this book definitely had a bit of that American Gods feel. All things I like. The characters were funny and thoughtful and had read all the books and seen all the horror movies. They knew what was up and how to deal. Not that that made it any easier to deal. ...more
Enjoyable in a no-brain-power sort of way, and a better book than the other Johnson novels I've read. The ending totally surprised the hell out of me, too, so points for that.
Rhode Island
This book was so funny! It was an easy read and it had an almost sarcastic tone; I really liked the main character. I also liked the irony of a demon in a Catholic school.
Jane Jarvis is a high school senior at St. Theresa's, an all girls Catholic school. Her best friend is this girl Allison, who is super awkward. She got ditched at prom and threw up all over this girl at an assembly at school. Allison starts hanging out with this sophomore, Lanalee, who felt sorry for her. All of a s
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