THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…
The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a witty, poignant, and insightful novel about life, love, and seizing second (or third) chances, perfect for readers who loved Before I Fall or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.
“Stories let us see and hear and feel what someone else does,” she explained. “They build bridges to the other islands. That’s why stories are so important. They create true empathy.”
I’m going to be honest, I was very worried going into this book. I had SUCH high expectations, so right before I began reading the book, I told myself, “Dylan, this book is going to be the worst book of the year,” so that my hopes would be as low as possible, and I think it worked, because this is now one of my favorite books of all time.
The thing that caught my eye right off the bat, was the humor. OH MY GOD THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ! I generally don’t laugh out loud for some reason, and I couldn’t STOP myself from cackling after being exposed to Holly’s dry humor. While I don’t think that this would necessary work for people who don’t have the same type of humor, I believe that it’s a score for those who do.
This book is definitely one of the most creative and inventive books I’ve ever read. This secret world is so rich. Hand managed to think of every detail and I felt like I knew everything that there is to know about this world.
Because this is kind of a Christmas Carol retelling/sequel, of course there’s going to be an underlining message about love, death, blah blah blah, you know what I’m talking about if you know the original story- but I really appreciated how this book wasn’t at all preachy, Hand was able to sprinkle the message throughout the story, without it hitting you over the head.
Something that makes me really hate a book, is a plot that drags. YA BOI DON’T GOT TIME FOR A SLOW PACED BOOK, I read this book in a day and a half because when nothing is happening, it jumps into months later, so we wouldn’t have to read anything that wasn’t necessary to the story.
Lastly, THOSE TWISTS THO. That’s all I have to say.
Overall, everyone needs to read this book, even if you’re a scrooge.
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