Book review: Holiday madness isn’t easy to avoid |

Book review: Holiday madness isn’t easy to avoid

“Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham

Nora and Luther Krank decide to take a break from Christmas for the first year ever. They want to skip the unnecessary crowded malls, buying and decorating a Christmas tree, or the hassle of buying gifts – they want to get away from it all. But, to their surprise, skipping out on Christmas is a lot harder than it would seem in a small very small town.

Characters like the “unelected ward boss of Hemlock Street” named Vic Frohmeyer and many of the other nosy but hilarious neighbors from Hemlock street make this book entertaining. From being harassed by the neighborhood kids, to getting various organizations coming and knocking on their doors, mad that they didn’t get a donation for the Christmas season, the Kranks have to go through every embarrassing scenario that could ever be thought up. This story has many unexpected twists and is a must read for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

This novel shows the extreme that some people go through during the rush of Christmas. It is a book to which a any person who has ever had to deal with the rush of the holiday can relate. This is the perfect Christmas story that teaches the lesson that we can find Christmas cheer in the most unexpected places.

– Natalie Stetson is a sales associate at Neighbors Bookstore in the Village Center.

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