Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand - ESSENTIAL

Hand, Cynthia The Afterlife of Holly Chase, 385 pages.  Harper, 2017.  $18.  Language: PG-13 (25 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Somewhere around the world on Christmas Eve, the clock strikes midnight and a handful of people have a second chance to change their life before they go the way of Marley.  That’s right.  Scrooge may be the best known of the redeemed, but there are actually several every year - at midnight on Christmas Eve.  Holly Chase, however, was one of the rare failures.  Now her after life for the last five years has been to play the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past for other prospective Scrooges.  This year’s Scrooge feels different to Holly.  First off, he is totally hot!  And he’s the same age as Holly was when she died - as she has been for the last five years. And his story is so much like Holly’s own story.  Is there a way before the annual Christmas play that she could help him along his way and guarantee his success?  But getting involved also means breaking  the rules and setting herself up for failure again.

I can not express how much I loved this book.  It was refreshingly unexpected in many wonderful ways.  Hand’s diverse body of work continues to amaze me.  My favorite Christmas book ever.

MS, HS - ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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