The Afterlife of Holly Chase | Book Review


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.

 
rating: ★
This was the first book I read after placing a huge book order, so my excitement level was already very high from the beginning. Plus, I was reading this book right before Christmas so it really set the atmosphere for it considering this book is about a failed Scrooge. To sum it all up, I basically was pretty excited for this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read, but it held some meaningful lessons. I don’t think I ever got bored with this book, there was never a dull moment where I didn’t want to pick this up and finish it. In fact, on the night I did finish it I actually told myself that I would put the book down at 10 pm and get some sleep. I ended up finishing this book around midnight because I had no self-control. I would recommend this book to anyone whether it is around Christmas time or not.

Spoilers going forward. | The best thing about this book was it had a happy ending but she didn’t end up with the guy she liked. She was only seventeen and she has so many years ahead of her to find the love of her life. The ending showed that you can have a happy ending and you can have so many great things in store for you despite not ending up with the guy you’ve fallen for.

There was also so much character growth for Holly. Holly Chase only did things that benefited her and in the end she put others before herself for once. She was very much into herself and she knew it too. I do feel like her character growth was kind of like a switch instead of gradual growth and that was one of the things I wasn’t too fond of.

I did love the relationship between Ethan and Holly. I felt like it was a little rushed, but not too rushed to where I disliked it. I hated the way they broke up, however, it did help when they couldn’t end up together in the end because you were no longer rooting for them. And I really didn’t like Ethan too much but I did like him enough to root for them until the break up.

The ending, in my opinion, was perfect. I really liked how the whole book was tied together like this. I loved that her relationship with her father is foreshadowed to change based on Holly’s behavior and I think that was really important. I loved the fact that Holly got a second chance. Despite everything, she earned her second chance by changing her priorities and cares.