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The Afterlife of Holly Chase
The Afterlife of Holly Chase | Cynthia Hand
Before I Fall meets bah, humbug in this contemporary YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol from New York Times bestselling author 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 shed become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didnt. And then she died. Now shes stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scroogeas their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Hollys afterlife has been miserable. But this years Scrooge is different. This years 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 & Lilys Book of Dares.
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ozma.of.oz
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Holly Chase, once an unrepentant Scrooge, now works as the Ghost of Christmas Past for Project Scrooge. After five years, their newest client may change things in a way Holly couldn‘t predict.

This was a clever play on the original story, but I found it difficult to like Holly & root for her. 1st chapter is unnecessary, & I could have done without the time skip. Some interesting twists, not all that I predicted, & fun side characters.🌕🌕🌕🌑🌑

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This was an interesting spin on A Christmas Carol. Holly was visited by the 3 ghosts 5 years ago. Her future showed her death if she didn‘t change. Fast forward 5 years & a now dead Holly is the Ghost of Christmas Past for Project Scrooge. Her job is to help the chosen Scrooge change for the better. This is her 5th Scrooge, but this one gets personal.

Read with #Whimsicalreadsbookclub

#WinterReadathon #Adventathon #BookSpinBingo

Andrew65 This sounds excellent. Stacked.

Well done 🎄👻🎄
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KateReadsYA Thanks for joining us! Glad you enjoyed this one. 2mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m hoping to finish this one today! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
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This was a fun take on the classic Christmas Carol story. Holly Chase was a failed teenage “Scrooge” before she becomes the Ghost of Christmas Past for a new Scrooge each year. Five years in things change and end up going in directions she, and the reader, could never expect. It was really sweet, although I didn‘t really like Holly as a person until the end. This is perfect reading for the holidays! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Andrew65 A brilliant weekend ahead by the look of it. 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
ozma.of.oz Wow! 🤩🤩 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
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Linsy
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My current read! Trying to catch up to #whimsicalreads and using this as the perfect excuse for some peppermint hot cocoa! ☕

#winterreadathondailychallenge #winterreadathon #midwintersolsticegames #wintercosybingo #gingerathon #holidaybookbingo #holidayromancebingo

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This was a great Christmas read. It was definitely a fascinating take on the story of A Christmas Carol. The ending definitely caught me by surprise. I would absolute recommend reading it this holiday season.
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KateReadsYA
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Self Care Day! Hope you all are enjoying your Holidays 🎄❄️☃️

ju.ca.no Oh the book looks good and sounds good! 🥰 2mo
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RedxoHearts
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My mom gave me this Christmas Dachshunds blanket. Perfect for snuggling up to read festive books or movies! I'm currently reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase

#dogsoflitsy

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VioletMoonBooks
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MatchlessMarie This part reminded me of the islands of personality from Inside Out 😅 2mo
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KateReadsYA
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Baking Gingerbread cookies all day for the neighborhood and reading the tagged book! #whimsicalreads #holidaybaking
Hope you all have a great weekend.

ShelleyBooksie What a great way to spend the day!! 2mo
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wanderinglynn
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Book 2 for #winterreadathon

Overall I liked it. It kept me entertained, an easy read, and I enjoyed the story despite the predictably & plot holes.

Plus, it almost gave me a blackout bingo. Who knew in 2 holiday books that reindeer wouldn‘t be mentioned?! Minced pie, on the other hand, will probably be a bigger challenge.

DieAReader Amazing job!!!🎄🤓📚♥️ 2mo
Andrew65 Wow! A great first day 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
Andrew65 I‘ve come across mince pie 9 times today. Nativity not at all 🤷‍♂️ 2mo
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wanderinglynn @Andrew65 clearly we need to switch some books! 😆 2mo
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn That‘s one way to do it. 🤣 2mo
Bookzombie I just started an audio so I can‘t tell you how it is yet, but I‘m pretty sure mince pies have been mentioned. I just checked and it‘s not highly rated on here. Lol. (edited) 2mo
wanderinglynn @Bookzombie thanks! 😀 2mo
wanderinglynn I almost forgot about #holidayromancebingo 🤦🏼‍♀️ I‘m using this one for the travel/time loop square @peanutnine 2mo
peanutnine Awesome! 🎄❄️💖 2mo
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KateReadsYA
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Thursday December 1 we will be kicking off the Holiday season with this Festive read! Join us on Fable ❄️🎄✨️📖☕️ my book club link is below ⬇️
https://fable.co/club/whimsical-reads-book-club-with-katelyn-sosa-280784130362?r...

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KateReadsYA
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https://fable.co/club/whimsical-reads-book-club-with-katelyn-sosa-280784130362?r...

For anyone who would like to join us this December we will be reading the tagged book! If you've read it you are still more than welcome to join in on discussions with us and prepare for January's pick! Just tap the link I provided and it'll take you straight to the Fable app!

wanderinglynn That sounds like a cute reimagining. I‘ll join! 3mo
KateReadsYA @wanderinglynn I'm so glad your joining us :) 3mo
Read4life I‘ve joined the group. Looking forward to it 🤓 2mo
KateReadsYA @Read4life yayyyyy 🤩 2mo
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BooksNBowls
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So S/O to @KateReadsYA for introducing me to Fable, an awesome book club app where she is hosting #WhimsicalReads starting December 1st! Perfect holiday book for December, can‘t wait!🎄❄️🎁

https://fable.co/club/whimsical-reads-book-club-with-katelyn-sosa-280784130362

KateReadsYA Thanks for posting! I am so happy you are joining us! Love your support always 💖🥂❄️📖💫 3mo
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Repost for @KateReadsYA

BOOK CLUB!!! For anyone who would like to join in I've attached the link.✨️ We will be kicking off our first book club read on December 1st, we will be doing discussions weekly as well! If you've read that month's pick it's okay we would still love to hear your thoughts and opinions. If you'd like please share and tag your friends!! #whimsicalreads

Allylu I joined even though I have already read the book. It was really good and so appropriate for December! 😊💕🎄📚 3mo
KateReadsYA @Allylu I'm so excited you joined. I saw you have The castles in their bones as your current read! This was my last read and I am dying for book 2 it was soooooo amazing. 3mo
KateReadsYA @LitsyEvents thanks for posting 🤗🥰 3mo
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KateReadsYA
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BOOK CLUB!!! For anyone who would like to join in I've attached the link.✨️ We will be kicking off our first book club read on December 1st, we will be doing discussions weekly as well! If you've read that month's pick it's okay we would still love to hear your thoughts and opinions. If you'd like please share and tag your friends!! #whimsicalreads
https://fable.co/club/whimsical-reads-book-club-with-katelyn-sosa-280784130362?r...

PageShifter Yessss! I have already read this but I might still come (edited) 3mo
KateReadsYA @PageShifter it's very hard to pick something that noones read unless I do a brand new release! Haha book lovers love to read and we've read a lot right?!? 🤩🥰 but we hope you join us and let us know your thoughts 3mo
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PageShifter Oh dear, now I am on Fable too 😂 3mo
KateReadsYA @PageShifter yay so glad. Hoping to get quite a few members before December 3mo
ozma.of.oz Oh I have this one! But I haven‘t read it yet! Looking forward to it! 3mo
KateReadsYA @ozma.of.oz I'm so glad you're joining us!! I've been looking forward to this read for a while now ❄️🤗 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog I can't get hold of a copy of this anywhere! So I'm going to join in the next one 🌟 3mo
KateReadsYA @AbigailJaneBlog Oh dang I did see they have it on Amazon as well as through the Fable website you can read it online and annotate! 3mo
KateReadsYA @AbigailJaneBlog For January I'll post a poll for our next read and let everyone vote on it 🥰❄️ 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog @KateReadsYA oh I didn't realise it was on Fable, I'll have a look! 3mo
KateReadsYA @AbigailJaneBlog I'm not sure if you followed the link I posted but right next to the book it says view and you can purchase through there if you like. 3mo
KateReadsYA @LitsyEvents Forgot to ask if yall could share to your page for my book club?!?! I'm hosting starting in December 🤗❄️✨️☕️📖 hoping to get some Litsy friends together for discussions. 3mo
RedxoHearts I will have to check it out. This book has been on my TBR forever 2mo
KateReadsYA @RedxoHearts I've had it on my shelf a good while as well and I just need to read it it sounds like a book I will fall in love with, hope you join us ❄️❤️ 2mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Funny story. I found this book by searching for books with Holly in the title ( my sister‘s name). I enjoyed reading this one, but it made me wonder if I was the Scrooge by the end because I wanted more answers than the book gave 😅🧐 #BookMusicPairing #ChristmasInJuly https://spoti.fi/3nLa2pU

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this!! 9mo
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Twainy
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🎧 This was a sweet, dumb, fun, fluff story. It was a surprising palate cleanser.

It‘s a contemporary spin on A Christmas Carol.

Scrooge is a 17 year old spoiled rich girl who dies & becomes the ghost of Christmas past.

Quick, easy YA read. #sharreadathon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/3

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚 11mo
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FantasyChick
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This has been on my radar for a long time but I've avoided it. Why? No idea because what a great story! I love A Christmas Carol and this is such a unique take on it. Not crazy about the ending though 🤔

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#AVERYMERRYREADATHON @thespineview
#wintercozy @puddlejumper
#christmasmyway @dieareader @GHAB14ROSES
#20in4 @andrew65
#LittenListen @aperfectmjk
#WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs @clwojick

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 13mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 13mo
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This was a funny and well narrated retelling of A Christmas Carol. I loved seeing Holly's POV and her developments. The pacing was fast and I liked how Ethans actions reflected on Holly. I loved how the original Christmas Carol elements were incorporated into this unique afterlife world. The ending was absolutely perfect, aside from the plot twists it was slightly predictable but still heartwarming and happy, such a good Christmas story!

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"A loving heart is the truest wisdom"

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Zoe-h
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This was a great redemption front the last four books I read! I was hooked from the first page and never wanted to put it down. I loved the characters and noticed their steady growth throughout the book. I totally was not expecting any of the end twists, and because of the biggest one at the end I really wish the author was writing a sequel! 5🌟

#MistletoeManiacs @Clwojick +2881

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Holly Chase is a rich teenager who is a simply horrible person. At the age of seventeen, she is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. Holly is, of course, familiar with A Christmas Carol and recognizes the gist – the three ghosts try to convince her to be a better person.
#TheAfterlifeOfHollyChase #CynthiaHand #ChristmasBook #book #books #bookz #bookzesty #Fantasy #YoungAdult #Christmas #Retellings 💕💕

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This one started out a bit shaky for me and I almost DNFed. I stuck with it a little longer and it finally began to pick up 40-ish% through. The second half was so good! Holly and Ethan's twist was done beautifully, as was Holly's individual ending. Glad I gave this a second chance; I was pleasantly surprised!

#WinterGames2021 #WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers #LittenListen #Adventathon #AVeryMerryReadathon

MatchlessMarie Glad to hear! I did a Goodreads search for books with Holly in the title because Christmas and also that‘s my sister‘s name 😂 and this one looked good. 👻 🎄 14mo
SeaToSkyes @MatchlessMarie It was so good! Hopefully you enjoy it, too! 😁 14mo
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shellleigh33
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I know it isn‘t even Thanksgiving yet, but I love Christmas and this time of year. So yes I have brought out my Christmas books already and started reading them. I was looking for an upbeat non-lovey dovey book and this 5 ⭐️ read checked all the boxes. It is a modern teenage tale of the Christmas Carol that left me feeling in such a Christmas mood when it ended. If only I could get my husband to let me put up the tree already 🤣.

marleed I pulled out my Christmas book collection too. It‘s a hefty stack of tiny books. I seem to be drawn to pretty little Christmas books! 1y
shellleigh33 Me to @marleed. They always make me so happy 🥰 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I have this on my list for #WinterGames2021! (edited) 1y
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shellleigh33 It is definitely a great read @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks. Did you get your book I sent you safely yet? 1y
sharread I really liked this one too. 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @shellleigh33 I got it yesterday! Thank you! 😀 1y
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Brooke_H
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A charming and poignant Scrooge retelling that went to unexpected places. If it were a movie, I'd watch it every Christmas.

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OneBookishBabe
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One of my favorite books to read during the holidays

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rjsthumbelina
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Been meaning to read this for ages - glad I finally got around to it! Speculative teen Christmas fiction is I guess how I'd describe it. Teenage girl was a scrooge 5 years ago, but didn't reform and died. Now she's working at Project Scrooge as the ghost of Christmas past, but when another teenage scrooge comes along, and he happens to be cute, she falls for him. I find Cynthia Hand's writing to be so entertaining and fun, a good brain candy pick

fanbookart Definitely loving such a unique retelling! 2y
Karisa I liked that one too. Fun twist on a scrooge-ish character for today. 2y
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sharread
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5 stars. What creative story telling. If you like A Christmas Carol, this sould be a very enjoyable read. A unique twist on Scrooge. I loved it. Cute, funny, great writing. She's one of the authors for My Lady Jane. Great book.

AmberWB I am so happy to see more people reading this one. I read it last year and loved it! 😊😊 2y
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Allylu
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A very interesting take on A Christmas Carol! Actually kind of believable if you believe in spirits and magic. Also, there were twists and turns and a satisfying albeit unexpected ending! Bravo! #1 on my #BookSpinBingo #BFC21 #JUMPSTART2021

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Clwojick Way to go!! 2y
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 2y
Lizpixie Well done! 2y
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Charityann
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#selfiescavengerhunt - reading by tree light, favorite reading spot, and favorite holiday read.😁🎄📖 #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick

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coffee_and_books_and_kids
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I really enjoyed this one! I opted for the audiobook so I could listen while I did all my holiday prep! It was a great spin on the classic “A Christmas Carol”. Although I had expected the ending, it was still a beautifully wrapped up story 🎁

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Hestapleton
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This has been on my holiday TBR for forever and I was glad I managed to sneak it in this year! Dickens isn‘t my favorite, but this was actually a pretty cute retelling of a Christmas carol. Not too cheesy and different enough to feel like a new story. A perfect holiday read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gina Oooohhhh that cover♡ 2y
Bookzombie I swear next year I‘m going to remember to pick this one up. 2y
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fanbookart
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A Christmas Carol retelling that was done really well! This was such a great Christmas read! 🎄🎉🎁☃️ Merry Christmas!

Traci1 I really liked this one too. 2y
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At first I was not really drawn into the story because the main character was a young brat and I could not connect, but that is kind of the point of the story.

I did get into the last one hundred pages and I really liked how it ended. It was a fun Christmas read after all.

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I enjoyed this book, it got me in the holiday spirit. I'm always looking for Christmas-y books every year that aren't Hallmark-esque romcoms and this fit the bill. I also have always loved A Christmas Carol so this was a fun play on that. A pretty unique concept, but with all the old Scrooge nostalgia. It'd be fun if they made this into a movie one day.

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BookishGirl06
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I liked it but it doesn‘t feel like a favorite for me personally. Kind of wish the ending was a little different. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNosedReindeer Holiday book +25
Reading time 5 hours +100
Participation +1.

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abookishbutterfly
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This is a quirky story, which I‘d expected, but fluffier than I‘d anticipated. That‘s okay. Maybe I‘ve been a bit too bah-humbug-ish over holiday fluff. This was a fun read and - dare I say it - quite charming.

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BookishGirl06
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Movie night tonight lol. Will be reading this during commercials. +6 #ReadNosedReindeer #WinterGames2020

StayCurious Sounds like a nice night😀 2y
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BookishGirl06
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The next book I‘m reading. Somehow the cover got folded and I can‘t remember how it happened.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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If you are after a Christmas read - may I present this modernisation/reimagining of A Christmas Carol? I read and absolutely adored this last year - and it‘s currently $1.99 on Kindle US!

ozma.of.oz Thanks for the heads up! 2y
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Tonight‘s vibe is pure Christmas! This is a quick read—I started it yesterday morning before work & now I‘m nearly finished with it. It‘s a “modernization” of A Christmas Carol with the 17-year-old Holly Chase working for Project Scrooge as the Ghost of Christmas Past. She‘s fallen in love with this year‘s Scrooge & is struggling to balance her feelings with the role she must play. I‘m enjoying the book & looking forward to seeing how things end.

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During #tistheseasonathon, I finished 5 books (the ones across the bottom) and made progress with 5 others. I read for a total of 14 hours to accomplish this. #wintergames #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer @StayCurious This readathon amounted to 141 points

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I put this book off for way too long. The perfect Christmas book for someone who doesn't do Christmas books because working in retail has killed my Christmas joy. A fun, modern twist on an old Christmas favorite that was a pleasant surprise. I actually really enjoyed this, from the Scroogy beginning all the way to the terrific ending. If you like YA sometimes, or all the time and you want a fun Christmas retelling of Scrooge...give this a try.