Review: Skipping Christmas


2 stars

Read on December 06, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

Bookish Things: 177 pages. The cover of my book looked different to the one above, but it was similarly set up, quite simplistic and bright. It was red.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $7.25 (don’t bother) and a number of other formats, or pick it up from your local bookstore or library if you really want to read it.

My Review:

This book starts off with a rather hefty dose of reality check about the Christmas period shopping binges we all partake in.

Set in an all-American town, in a street not unlike those you see in the kids Christmas movies, Skipping Christmas follows a couple through an interesting idea.

Luther and Nora Krank give up the turkey and all the trimmings, turn a blind eye to the street Christmas light competition and refuse to decorate their house, and, instead plan a get away to the Caribbean on a cruise.

I liked the sound of this story, but the first 80% of the book was a bit too negative for me. All the trials and tribulations Nora and Luther face seemed a bit too much, their supposed friends and colleagues not being even remotely supportive.

It was, for a fair chunk of the story, tracking for a two star rating, but the Christmassy ending boosted its overall likability.

Certainly very Christmas oriented, this one should get you in the Christmas spirit if you can make it to the end.


6 thoughts on “Review: Skipping Christmas

  1. Awww, I really like the concept…what a shame!

  2. What astonishes me is this was written by John Grisham, of all people!

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