I listened to the audio for this one, and I enjoyed it, both the audio and the story.
The idea was a unique one—a company that finds “Scrooges” and uses the Christmas Carol formula (three spirits on Christmas Eve) to rehabilitate them, the spirits being former Scrooges who failed to be rehabilitated (and died, hence the spirit part). It was kinda fun though, in a way, how, instead of everything just being magical, the whole thing was like a big production with costumes and special effects and everything.
The story was unexpectedly touching. The main character was unlikeable at first, purposefully so, but she grew in a very natural way as the story went on. And I appreciated that the author didn’t let the romance take over, instead letting Holly’s growth shine.
I was uncomfortable with the major invasion of privacy aspect though (this was literally an entire company of people monitoring a person’s every activity with cameras and things, sifting through and recording their memories and emotions, and sitting around analyzing/discussing everything about them), and obviously it was required for the story, but I just would’ve liked that to be addressed by someone.
As for the audio, I thought Erin Spencer did a great job narrating. I didn’t love all the male voices, but they weren’t awful either.
Overall, I enjoyed this touching Christmas Carol-inspired story.
Anyone who likes A Christmas Carol, YA, character growth, and touching stories.
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 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.
Book Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: A Christmas Carol Retelling, Christmas, Fantasy, Holidays, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
My Rating: 4