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Young Adult Fiction Contemporary

When Life Gives You Demons

by (author) Jennifer Honeybourn

Square Fish
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2018
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12


A smart and funny young adult novel from the author ofWesley James Ruined My Life, Jennifery Honeybourn, about a girl who fights demons for a living.
Some people have school spirit.

Shelby Black has real ones.

Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest—has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, butohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret—even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her—even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

Praise forWhen Life Gives You Demons:

"Despite the dark topic, the tone is light and Shelby's first-person narration is comical. A rapid-paced read withplenty of action that may appeal to fans of paranormal fiction." —School Library Journal

Praise forWesley James Ruined My Life:

"Everything readers expect and want from alighthearted summer teen romance. . .Pitch-perfect." —School Library Journal

About the author

Contributor Notes

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in a house filled with books. Jennifer is the author ofWesley James Ruined My LifeandWhen Life Gives You Demons.

Editorial Reviews

Praise forWesley James Ruined My Life:

“The book’s even pacing will entice teens from the start and keep them reading . . . .This [is a] pitch-perfect quirky summer romance.” —School Library Journal

"This book was adorable!Light, cute, and a quick read—exactly what I needed. . . . I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by Honeybourn in the future." —The Eater of Books
Immensely readable, utterly charming and absolutely un-put-downable. The duality of Quinn longing to forget Wesley while hurting over being forgotten by her Gran was just beautiful. I got a little weepy. I'm not going to lie.” —Jennifer McKenzie

Other titles by Jennifer Honeybourn