Contemporary, Fantasy (Teen), YA Fiction

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Merry Christmas! To celebrate this festive holiday, here is a novel that is all about the Christmas spirit! Here is my review:

5 years ago on Christmas Eve, Holly was visited by 3 ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she was to try to get her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

To atone, Holly now works for Project Scrooge, a top-secret company committed to save a miserly grouch every year. Holly’s role? The Ghost of Christmas Past. Holly has stayed frozen at 17, playing this role every year, 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.

This is a modern twist on the Scrooge story. If you’ve ever read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or watched any of the movies based off of this story, you have a pretty good idea of what this book will be like. I thought this book had a really interesting premise: what happens when someone refuses to change? What would have happened if Scrooge woke up and didn’t change his ways? I thought this story was really sweet and heartwarming. It is not meant to be something difficult to comprehend or difficult to predict. It’s just meant to bring some Christmas cheer – and it definitely delivers that! I am a sucker for cheesy and happy Christmas movies and this novel was just the right thing for me! It was a great story with good characters that really grew and changed. This novel makes you think a lot about second chances and what you would do if you could get one. Suffice to say, this was an enjoyable read and perfect for Christmas! I’m giving it a 4/5 stars!

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