Emma Patton


Excellent, Young Adult, Cynthia Hand, Christmas, Death, Romance, Friendship, Grief, Wealth, Regret, New York City

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Book Review


Holly Chase is dead. Sort of. When she was alive, she cared about image and money above all else. On Christmas Eve, she was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, just like in A Christmas Carol. But unlike Ebenezer Scrooge, she didn’t do anything to change her life, and she died the next morning. Instead of transitioning to an afterlife, Holly was recruited by Project Scrooge, an organization that selects modern-day Scrooges each year and shows them the error of their ways. Holly took on the role of Ghost of Christmas Past. After five years on the job, she knows that the chosen Scrooge is usually cranky and elderly. But the new Scrooge is completely different: seventeen years old and very attractive. The more Holly learns about the new Scrooge, the harder it is to avoid getting emotionally involved. She’s sure she can get him to change, but she might have to bend the rules a little bit to do it.