Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea
Publisher: DCL Publications LLC
Length: Short Story (24 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender
Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming the death of someone close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn't be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared. She always wanted to meet James Dean. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.
Will destiny and fate do their part? Can she change history or just be his consoling angel?
Mira is a likeable teenager from New York. She’s a busy girl with school and an internship. The reader gets a brief feel for her hometown then a description of lovely scenes with her dad before he passed away. She has a great relationship with her mom and big dreams in life.
It feels real, and one can identify with the characters. Thanks to her dad, Mira has an obsession with the actor James Dean. Fate has a surprise in store for her.
This story is set partly in modern-day times and partly in 1952, and the two connect via time travel. She finds herself back in the fifties, where the real fun begins. To her pleasure, she meets her idol, James Dean, and there’s chemistry there; it’s sweet but genuine. She warns him about the accident that will kill him. Does she change history, or does he not take her seriously? Her time in the past with him could end any second, and she values it. She says, “I had to live my life instead of making myself forget.”
Another question comes up: What will her trip back in time mean for her present?
For such a short story, this one is charming and addresses some really good questions. Mira is a good character, easy to root for, and her interactions with others, especially James Dean, are well written. When she comes back to her present, she runs into someone that will change her life.
A good little story, I recommend it to those who like YA and time travel.