Coffee at Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Katalina Playroom
Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.
Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.
In a small town, eight children, all very different become fast and close friends. Their childhood and teen years are filled with laughs, kisses, coffee, and love. As the friends grow older, they grow farther apart until most of them no longer know one another.
Years later, Phil dies in a freak hit and run accident. With the death of a once close friend, the group comes back together in their hometown for the funeral. Through the death of their friend, these young men and women grow somewhat closer together while facing the complications in their own lives.
Written to show the thoughts of each character separately, these friends all have their own way of dealing with Phil’s death, along with their own feeling on their sudden reunion.
Coffee at Little Angels is written in the point of view of eight different people, including Phil who is the one that is killed. I really liked that I was able to hear all of their point of view, especially the one of Phil. He was such a great character for me. And it was a little sad that he was the one who died.
I haven’t read any books quite like this before. It was sad, a little tormenting for a heart, and it really brought my emotions to the surface. I cried the whole last part of the book and actually had to put it down for some time. But the tears were well worth it. I was very engrossed with all the emotion of the characters.
The eight characters themselves were interesting. I loved Maxine. She is the one that is kind of in your face, this is the way it is going to be. She kept waiting for the hurt to start, but was in too much shock to feel for a time. But, what she did in the end was very touching and motherly. I really would love to see if her and Josh come back together. Melanie just plain old ticked me off. She was so conceded and arrogant, and her husband was gag worthy. I am glad there was not too much of her thoughts in the book. One of my other favorites was Sarah. Although I was frustrated with her from time to time, she was interesting to listen to. She was Phil’s girlfriend who was not sure of how she felt of him while he was alive, and is now realizing what and who she has lost. I feel sad for her losing the man she loved before ever finding it out for herself. All the characters where genuine and relatable and I was able to attach to them in some way.
Coming from a small town myself, I could definitely relate to the description of their surroundings. It is a little rundown, but always comfortable, drably beautiful, and absolutely home. The descriptions of the cold are amazingly on cue with the feelings of it in real life. And a loved the fantastic writing about the ice world that was made over night.
This story is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and relatable. Some of the characters will grab your heart and others will leave you angry. Every emotion is spilled on the pages to make Coffee at Little Angels engrossing and warm in your veins.
Favorite Character: Maxine
Least Favorite: Melanie