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Review: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith

To me, this book was like a mash up of Lucifer meets Good Omens, but  in the realm of YA.


It’s not every day that the Devil knocks on your door

From the critically-acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for the past 150 years . . . and now, they need her help.


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I take away from Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence are passages that are written with simple beauty, a protagonist who is charming, and a story much larger than we can grasp in one take. Much like our younger protagonist, we have to read between the lines, put the words, the history, together. But if you are a fan of villainous characters you can’t help but love, questions of goodness, and a story that brings families together, this needs to be on your TBR.


This book takes a little time to get rolling and I had to put it down a few times, but I’m glad I finally stuck it out. I really liked Hannah. She’s precocious, charming, and intelligent. At the end of the day, she just wants her family to come back together, for them to find their way back to each other. It’s not her fault she kind of gets dragged on this much larger quest for the sake of the devil.

And, on the topic of family, I really liked her grandfather. I mean, we don’t spend so much time in his head. But he’s a character I’d love a whole other story on. Talk about a man with secrets and a decades behind his eyes. Because the characters are what kept me going. While the plot took some time to unfold, I couldn’t turn my back on Hannah, her grandfather, or the devil. Never thought I’d be saying that.

Talk about a character I’m not sure I’m supposed to like so much.


Combine the characters with some truly fantastic writing and you’ll get to where I am. There were quotes that were just too good not to highlight. There’s a wise sort of quality to the writing, while being balanced by a subtle elegance. It’s a book that revolves around Hannah and her not so mundane existence. But the ending gave my heart happy chills.

Find Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


Have you seen The Good Place or Lucifer?

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