Book Review: “The Afterlife of Holly Chase”

The Afterlife of Holly Chase” by Cynthia Hand

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling


On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly 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 the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase is an enjoyable holiday romp that acknowledges A Christmas Carol while creating a fresh and new story. I really appreciated how this wasn’t just a retelling of A Christmas Carol. It takes the inspiration of the story while creating a new world. Readers don’t need to be familiar with CC to pick this up.

I loved seeing ‘behind the scenes’ at Project Scrooge. It was fascinating to see how all the elements fall into place to make the ‘production’ each year. Hand did a really creative job imagining the hows of the company. I only wish I could see more!

Holly’s voice reads a bit young and some of the elements of the story felt a bit younger than YA. The characters, while mostly enjoyable, are a bit cliche. That said, I did grow rather fond of all of them. Holly really turns it around over the course of the story. The ending knocked the story out of the park.

Overall, the story was a fluffy and fun read that was delightful journey for a Winter’s night of reading. Definite add to your Winter TBR.

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