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Soul enchilada
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  Booklist Review

Eunice Bug Smoot is a recent high-school graduate with all sorts of problems: she's about to get evicted from the flophouse apartment she rents, she's just been fired from her pizza-delivery job, and it seems like every day some idiot is giving her crap for being half-African American and half-Tejana. The only light in her life is her dead grandfather's classic 1958 Cadillac Biarritz and even that goes down the tubes when a demon named Mr. Beals materializes in the passenger seat and demands repossession of the vehicle. Turns out, her grandfather financed the car by selling his soul. Luckily, Bug's crush, a car-wash attendant, just happens to moonlight for the International Supernatural Immigration Service and he's got some ideas about how to deport this Illegal. Gill's debut has weirdness to spare: there's insect-puking villains, pizza-delivery contests with Satan, and some very high-stakes basketball. At times it can all be too much to swallow, but Bug is a refreshingly gutsy female protagonist with an attitude that will win over readers searching for something different.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Broke-down pizza-delivery heroine Eunice "Bug" Smoot's snake of a granddad sold his soul to the devil for a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz. When he flies the coop, Satanaka Scratchand his crony Beals (short for Beelzebub) chase Bug down for her soul faster than she can say "repo." Before she knows it, Bug is trapped in a satanic smackdown to save herself, her friends and her Cadillac. Convoluted? Completely. Bizarre? Absolutely. Hilarious and accessible? Totally! Gill scores big in this action-packed, power-punch of a debut. His dialogue slam-dunks with sass and clever wit that eases the reader into the strange, interlocking chain of events that befall Bug in the first few chapters. His characters are fully realized, intelligent, believable and lovable. The odd, Paradise Lostlike plot probably carries the least appeal of all the elements, but the dialogue and characterizations gently pushor shove, actuallythe reader's suspension of disbelief over the edge. Seances! Hairspray! Basketball! Satan! All readers can do is buckle their seatbelts, close their eyes and take the plunge. (Fantasy. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>Girl meets boy at a car wash.<br> "Dog," she says.<br> "Dude," he says.<br> And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance. . . .<br> If Beals hadn't been sitting next to her in the car.<br> If Beals hadn't been a supernatural repo man looking to repossess her car.<br> And to possess her.</p> <p>David Macinnis Gill delivers the whole enchilada. With a side of soul.</p>
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