Seventeen-year-old Max Sanchez is the star baseball player as well as their team captain. He’s in love with Emma, the beautiful head cheerleader. Life is good for Max, his future is looking great—until he dies in a car crash. His body isn’t supposed to die right away, but due to a mistake by an overanxious and under experienced angel, his soul is taken too soon. Max is given a choice, either to hang around a pristine waiting room or use that time to help a soul in peril. Max had always had a generous heart and he doesn’t give it a second thought. He immediately dives into his assignment: JD Miller, an overweight, lonesome, and seriously bullied young man from Max’s own school.
Going from being the most popular guy in school to the most vilified sends Max into a depression—one that Max has to battle along with JD’s other intruding emotions. For the first time Max truly experiences terror, panic, humiliation, and even abuse through JD’s body.
Author Sherry Gammon deals with a very difficult and emotional subject in Souls in Peril: bullying. She writes about the effects on the lives of those on the receiving end in a realistic and sensitive manner as well as touching on some of the possible reasons of those who do the bullying.
This story had me trapped in its strong ebb and flow of escalating emotions. It pulled me along like a relentless undercurrent through to the end. Be ready with a few tissues.