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--> ''This was my final move in the game, this graceless thud to the floor. There was only one question left in my mind... Had I played it right?''

''Devilish'' is a 2006 young adult novel by American author [[http://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/ Maureen Johnson]] ([[NamesTheSame no, not]] [[{{Rent}} THAT Maureen Johnson]]). It tells the story of [[TeenGenius Jane Jarvis]] and her best friend [[TheWoobie Allison Concord]], high school seniors in Rhode Island who find things becoming complicated when Ally admits she unwittingly made a DealWithTheDevil. It gets harder for Jane to disbelieve this insane story as the world goes insane around her, and before she knows it, she's in a decisive battle for eternal souls.
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Jane and Ally.
* AlliterativeName: Jane and Joan Jarvis.
* AlphaBitch: The A3, who all seem to share equal rank.
* AnalogyBackfire: Jane was named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Jane_Grey Lady Jane Grey]], Joan after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc Saint Joan of Arc]]. "Both great women of history--both met very bad ends. I don't know what my parents were trying to tell us with that one."
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Owen]] is dead, but he seems to be okay otherwise.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Lanalee]].
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Lanalee]]'s chosen tactic; [[spoiler:she wanted Jane, and so went after Jane's best friend to manipulate her]]. Also ends up being [[spoiler:how Jane defeats her]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Jane, after Lanalee stabs her]].
* BrainlessBeauty: Joan, full stop. One of Jane's hobbies seems to be convincing Joan outrageous things are true just to see what she'll believe, such as that Alaska used to be called Frigidaire and that the earth has a second moon we can never see because it's made of glass--and Jane's usually successful.
* CardCarryingVillain: Seriously. She literally has cards.
* CatsAreMean: Actually, they're good guys, but try convincing [[DogsAreDumb Crick]] of that.
* CaughtInTheRain: Jane meets Owen for the first time when they take shelter on a porch after being caught in a demonic ''hailstorm''. Beat that!
* CelibateHero: After her break-up with her boyfriend, Jane decided not to even think about that kind of thing again at least until college. Owen counts too. [[spoiler:Naturally, they end up together]].
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Lanalee]] comes pretty close but ends up somewhere around SmugSnake in the end. The most successful {{Chessmaster}} surprisngly turns out to be [[spoiler:Allison]].
* TheComicallySerious: Owen.
* CoolTeacher: Brother Frank.
* DealWithTheDevil
* DevilButNoGod
* DemonicPossession: Demons take souls, use the bodies those souls used to occupy, and then discard the bodies when they're ready to move onto another one.
* DieLaughing: [[spoiler:After Lanalee stabs Jane, she ''laughs'' (or at least [[BloodFromTheMouth tries to]]). Her "final" words? "[[DyingMomentOfAwesome Got you]]."]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Jane will not eat red food, because food should not be the color of blood.
* DogsAreDumb: Crick, who's also a horrible coward.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Averted. Math seems to be Jane's best subject (bonus for it being the subject taught by the CoolTeacher), and her father is a college mathematics professor.
* EvilFeelsGood
* ExactWords: Elton has to give Jane a kiss. [[spoiler:Ally manipulates this by giving Elton a bag of candy to give to Jane. In the bag is... a Hershey's Kiss. So Elton gave Jane a kiss without even realizing it]].
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Poodle Prom.
* FluffyTheTerrible: A variant: "''representitive of the Satanic High Command, Hearth of the Cold and All-Consuming Fire, Destroyer of Worlds, Consumer of Souls, Taker of the Life Breath, Guardian of the Bottomless Ocean of Sorrow, Bearer of the Lance of Endless Pain'', [[spoiler:Lanalee Tremone, 10B]]."
* GenreBlindness: Jane's parents; though they're LockedOutOfTheLoop, the Weddle Program is pure SchmuckBait.
* TheHeroDies: The possibility is raised from the prologue. [[spoiler:Of course, it's ultimately subverted--but just barely]].
* HeroicBSOD: Jane has a small one after [[spoiler:Owen]] shoots himself in the head in front of her. "[[MadnessMantra There's been an incident]]."
* HighSchool
* HowWeGotHere: The books starts with a short prologue in which Jane seems to be dying. The first chapter starts two weeks earlier and the rest of the book, save the last chapter, is spent explaining how the events described in the prologue came to pass.
* ImagineSpot: What does Jane most fear Sister Albert, the school principal, will say on any of her numerous disciplinary trips to Sister's office? "Okay, Miss Jarvis, enough talking. We're going to settle this with some good old-fashioned wrestling. Get on the floor!"
* ImportantHaircut: One of the first signs that things are taking a turn for the strange? Ally gets an adorable new hairstyle. [[spoiler:Her hair was cut as part of the contract and turned into hail]].
* IncendiaryExponent: Jane finds her demonic contract written in one of her textbooks... in flames. Then the rest of the book goes up in flames.
* IrishPriest: Brother Frank.
* LifeDrinker: Demons.
* LoveHurts: Jane is still getting over being dumped by her boyfriend Elton. [[spoiler:Gets harder when she finds out her best friend is now secretly dating him]].
* LoveTriangle: A small but important part of the story. First there's a [[TriangRelations type 4]], [[spoiler:Jane still has feelings for her ex Elton, who is now dating her best friend Ally]]; there's also a [[TriangRelations type 5]], [[spoiler:Owen has a crush on Jane who still has feelings for Elton]]. Since it's just those four, it never becomes a LoveDodecahedron.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Lanalee]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Lazarus Fields.
* TheNapoleon: Jane, less than five feet tall, introduced almost straight off the bat as an "angry little blond punk," a "troublemaker," and "famously argumentative," with an admitted "tendency to talk too much."
* NiceGuy: Elton, to a fault.
* OlderThanTheyLook: A few cases, some of which are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
* OneGenderSchool: St. Teresa's for the girls, St. Sebastian's for the boys. St. Sebastian's is much, ''much'' nicer.
* OrWasItADream: Jane's nighttime outing with Mr. Fields. Eventually she realizes that no, no it was not.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Hell is described as being like a business.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Owen is basically just an overly-serious, sexless high school freshman who doesn't age]]. May be a case of OurAngelsAreDifferent, as he is clearly working for "the good guys."
* OutGambitted: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Lanalee]].
* PerpetualSmiler: Donna, who has blond hair and eyes "like a cartoon deer's."
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Not cheesy enough to reference it by name, but this is still what you're dealing with.
* RedOniBlueOni: Jane is more HotBlooded while Owen is more reserved. Jane and Ally are also kind of a variation, with Ally being something of a ShrinkingViolet. Worth noting that Jane is also the brainier of both duos, despite being the red oni.
* SelfSacrificeScheme: [[spoiler:Jane's final gambit against Lanalee]].
* ShorterMeansSmarter: At four foot ten and five-sixths inches, Jane is the shortest person at St. Teresa's. She also happens to be the smartest.
* ShoutOut: A sophomore has a friend who knows someone who goes to [[GemmaDoyle Spence]]. (Maureen Johnson and Libba Bray are friends.)
* SiblingYinYang: Jane and Joan. Jane is abrasive, short, plain, and brilliant. Joan is friendly, tall, beautiful, and as dumb as a brick.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Jane confesses to Lanalee that she never really liked guys, other than Elton, which was part of what made their break-up so hard. [[spoiler:She finally gets over him, though, and she finds she's not SingleTargetSexuality after all. Just highly selective]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Owen. Jane specifically refers to him as "my stalker." [[spoiler:He sort of has a reason for it beyond the crush, though]]. [[BrainlessBeauty Joan]]'s take on the subject:
-->"Yeah, but stalking is kind of cool. My friend Kiera got stalked by this guy Ryan. He used to break into her locker and read all of her e-mail, and one time he took her phone and wrote down all of the phone numbers. But then they got together, and they've been dating for like a year! Which is kind of creepy but also really romantic."
* SternTeacher: All over the place (they're nuns), but Sister Charles probably takes the cake. According to Jane, "Sister Charles had never actually killed anyone, but she did leave you with the feeling that she was capable of some deeply frightening behavior." Maybe not loved, but by the end, you certainly respect her.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Donna, whose main authority seems to be making insipid speeches and "the ability to verify things"--"Homework assignments, weather conditions, days of the week, pages we left off on. Donna was happy to tell us all."
* TakeAThirdOption: Jane's choices are: join up with [[spoiler:Lanalee]] or let her take Ally. Jane chooses [[spoiler:to piss Lanalee off so much she stabs her, thus breaking the rules and forfeiting any prize all together]].
* TeenGenius: Jane.
* TemptingFate: At one point Jane sarcastically asks herself, "How much better can my life get?" Considering we're not even halfway through the book...
* ThouShaltNotKill: It's one of the rules even the bad guys have to follow. They can't force someone to give up their soul. No direct interference. No physical harm. And certainly no killing. They break these rules, they forfeit.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: It's a book, but it's dwelled on long enough that it probably counts anyway. Incidentally, this book not recommended for emetophobes.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Lanalee]] offers Jane the high life if she just gives up and joins her. Naturally, Jane refuses.
* WithThisHerring: The thing Jane has to do battle with a hoard of demons is... a single steak knife (of righteousness).
* WrongGenreSavvy: Joan, who seems to think Owen is a vampire.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Lanalee]]'s plan was part BatmanGambit, part this.
-->[[spoiler:"But I don't lose, sweetheart. I just get a second-rate prize. I'll take it anyway."]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Sister Charles]], who is twenty eight.