The After Life of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Title: The After Life of Holly Chase

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 24, 2017

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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 After Life of Holly Chase was a brilliant read. I’ve been a huge fan of Cynthia Hand since she came out with Unearthly, and all of her books have received 5 star ratings, nothing less will happen in this review.

Holly is such an interesting character, she is brilliant, smart, pretty, and utterly cruel. She has no thought for anyone but herself and she doesn’t WANT to think about other people. Part of it is protecting her heart which I certainly understand, but the other part is that she just doesn’t want to care. It is easier to not care about anything than it is to be nice and to be kind.

The book starts out with Holly receiving a visit from the same 3 ghosts that visited Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The only difference is she thinks it’s a hoax. She doesn’t believe it’s real and so she laughs it off and continues about her life. Then she abruptly dies, the book picks up 5 years later and Holly is working for the same people who tried save her. But Holly is still fundamentally selfish, and while she goes about doing her job, she doesn’t care about any of the people that she works with.

Enter Ethan Winters, the Scrooge of the current year. He changes everything for Holly. In allowing herself to start to feel something for Ethan, Holly remembers what its like to care about people. The book takes us through Holly’s journey of self-discovery to the point where she makes the absolute sacrifice, and learns all about how important it is to be kind and selfless. Hand’s writing is poignant and incredibly sad. It’s also incredibly funny because Holly is hilariously sarcastic at times. This is another fantastic book by Cynthia Hand. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“I wish I could explain everything, but I can’t. Not right now. There’s no time. You just need to know that this whole thing tonight is real. It’s not a dream, or a prank, or someone trying to scam you. It’s real, and it’s your life. Trust me, I know. I was a Scrooge once, too. Just like you. Only I’m worse than you, obviously. Way worse. I may come in a pretty package, but I’m, like, rotten inside.”