By Cynthia Hand
Rating: 4 / 5
Synopsis: A retelling of A Christmas Carol, Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts during Christmas to encourage her to alter and lead a more generous life. Thinking this was a huge joke, Holly disregarded the warnings of the ghosts, and ended up dying a tragic death; now, she’s stuck in a company called Project Scrooge to help people just like her. Though initially a dull job, this year’s Scrooge, a 17 year old attractive boy, suddenly makes this job a lot more interesting…and a lot more complicated.
Review: This was another one of those books that I wished I picked up sooner but didn’t, because I thought it would be boring based off of the synopsis. I wasn’t expecting to relate so much to Holly, which is what what drew me most to this book. (I’d barely read 30 pages and had already tabbed a page that I liked). Then again, I do have a history of rooting for the unlikable character (what is this revealing about my psyche).
I guess I saw a lot of myself and my own struggles in Holly, and I sympathized with her troubles. Tbh, Holly’s my girl; even when she was on another one of her problematic bullshit I was still cheering her on from the sidelines. This book is not dreary or heavy, it’s a light, funny read that will leave you smiling for the rest of the day (or if you’re like me, smiling for the next few minutes before you return back into a state of comfortable bitterness). Personally, I think December is the perfect time to read this, as it is a retelling of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Or if you’re a person who gets into a festive mood in the middle of July, read it then too.
There’s a plot twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, and there are little revelations throughout the story that keep pleasantly surprising you, especially because the author does a very good job at making you think one way, but then suddenly dropping the plot twist (or maybe I’m just especially ignorant and can’t see anything coming ha, wouldn’t be the first time; ANYWAY).
I highly recommend checking this book out if you’re looking for a light, festive book!