Paperback: 294 Pages
Published: June 1, 2009
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him.
Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe's autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.
It is very difficult to write a book in this age where YA has become a phenomenon. Since every book is similar to another or it's about vampires and werewolves it is difficult to be original. However, Laurens has done a wonderful job in writing something unique.
The story involves a young girl named Zoe who has a dysfunctional family. Her brother is a pothead, her parents are too distant that they don't see Zoe is lost in her broken life, and Ariba, her little sister darts in front of cars. Zoe has it tough, I know how hard it is to have an autistic family member and through Zoe's eyes I can tell she wishes she was someone else. One day, while taking care of her little sister Zoe loses track of Ariba. Zoe is panicking and suddenly a young man is reuniting them. At first Zoe is scared of this mysterious guy (who Ariba is quite fond of) but after introducing himself as Matthias, Zoe doesn't feel afraid. As the story continues, she learns that Matthias is an angel who was sent to protect Ariba.
Matthias is the perfect guy, he is nice, honest, funny, and hot. His character not only helps Ariba, but helps give Zoe a new perspective on live. He helps her see why her sister is the way she is and how to deal with Ariba being autistic. She was pissed that Ariba couldn't act like other children her age and that she was always stuck taking care of her. But as the story unfolds and she spends time with Matthias and he helps her understand more things about herself and her sister. I really liked how the author portrayed Matthias as a pure white light instead of painting the image of an angel being impure and non-celestial.