Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. . . . 


I loved this book!

This story is a unique twist on A Christmas Carol. A company called Project Scrooge plans out a night of ghosts for a new Scrooge every Christmas Eve. They spend the whole year studying the Scrooge so they can provide the most effective memories for that night. However, this year is different because Holly, a former failed Scrooge, falls for their current Scrooge, Evan Winters III.

Though this book is centred around Christmas, it does not have to be read during Christmas. I read it at Christmas because I thought it was meant to be a holiday story, but it could be read any time of year. Most of the story takes place in the year leading up to December 25th, so it could be read at any time.

I was completely surprised at the ending. I never could have guessed what happened. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised.

I really enjoyed this book. I’ll be recommending it all year!

What to read next:

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, Jodi Meadows

Have you read The Afterlife of Holly Chase? What did you think of it?

8 thoughts on “Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase”

  1. I read this book this year too! I was such a fun book and the ending was perfect in my opinion! I really enjoyed the twist on the classic story and the characters were well developed! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m listening to My Plain Jane right now! My Lady Jane was so much fun and I hope you like it! The audiobooks for the Janie books are a lot of fun!

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