The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Christmas Book Review
This Is Not Your Typical Scrooge Story
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand makes for a wonderful Christmas Story. This is nothing like Dicken’s Christmas Carol, but then again it is. This Christmas book is listed in the young adult category where most of my favorite books are. Let me tell you more about my latest Christmas read…
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What Is The Afterlife of Holly Chase All About?
In essence, it’s a book about a ghost. A ghost who is familiar to us all but not the familiar ghost we know. Confused much? The thing is I have to be careful not to give too much away here. Let me start again.
This is a Christmas story about a girl, Holly Chase, who has become a modern-day Scrooge. She is in fact visited by her own personal Jacob Marley, in the form of her recent deceased stepmother, Yvonne. Holly is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. She is aptly warned. But she thinks it all some wretched nightmare and moves unchanged. Until she dies herself just weeks later. And that changes everything for Holly Chase.
Fast forward five years, Holly carries on, now the Ghost of Christmas Past. She never ages, she never changes, she resets every morning. Holly thinks of herself as a ‘well-preserved zombie’. Holly spends nights sifting through the minds of each year’s current Scrooge to find the exact moments they most need to see when delivered their own final chance to set things right each Christmas Eve. Holly has settled reluctantly into her role…
Until the face of this year’s Scrooge is revealed. And Holly finds it such a lovely face…
What I Loved About The Afterlife of Holly Chase
- I liked the idea of this book. It’s clever and fun.
- It surprised me at the end. I thought I knew exactly where the author was going with this read. I was wrong. I love it when that happens.
- I’ve read Dickens several times and I adore it. The way this book pays homage to it makes me smile.
From the Book Jacket of The Afterlife of Holly Chase
You know how the story goes, right? There’s this old banker type named Ebenezer Scrooge, who shuffles around saying, “Bah humbug.” One Christmas he’s visited by The Ghosts of Christmas, Past, Present, and Future. In the morning he wakes up, like, completely terrified and says to himself, This is my chance. I can change my future. Then he supposedly lives happily ever after.
It’s a nice story, but that’s not how it happened for me.
One Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she had become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she is stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge — as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change…
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About The Author of The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel MY PLAIN JANE (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to write for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with two cats, two kids, and an entourage of imaginary friends.
You can visit Cynthia Hands site right here.
And you can get your own copy of The Afterlife of Holly Chase
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