It’s day 8! And today it is time for another festive book review! today’s book review is for Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. So, without further ado, let’s do this!
I am not sure how I feel about this one. My feelings towards it are very mixed. While reading this book I would swing from one emotion to another and then back again in the space of a chapter. I honestly had so many conflicting feelings around this book.
The overwhelming emotion I had towards this book though was, anger. I found myself getting really angry at it, which very rarely happens to me. I am usually very cool and calm when it comes to books, ut this one managed to infuriate me. The characters in this book just pissed me off so much. I found the main characters, Luther and Nora, pretty annoying. I found Luther to be a bit self-centered and conceited, and I felt that Nora was just incredibly spinless and whinny. But they weren’t the problem. The problem was everyone else and their attitudes towards everything. I was finding myself becoming angrier and angrier and their inability to just leave the main characters alone and let them do what they want to do. Their constant interfering and pestering really started to get to me. I was just getting so angry at their ignorance and self-centered ideas, their inability to respect their neighbor’s personal decisions. They spent this whole book tormenting Luther and Nora, full-on bullying them, purely because they had decided not to participate in Christmas, a decision that they are perfectly justified to make, and it made me so angry. And what made me even angrier is that because they did a ‘nice thing’ at the end (essentially got their own way) it instantly rights all the wrongs and everyone forgets how awful they have been towards their neighbors, their supposed friends. I have never had a book give me as much rage as this one did.
If we ignore the characters and how angry it made me, and instead focus on the actual story, it still isn’t looking great, if I am honest. I found the story to be very dull. The entire first three-quarters of this book was just a slow build-up to Christmas, where nothing happened, besides neighbors being giant assholes. And then Grisham tried to cramp drama into the last 50 pages or so, and failed, miserably. He was clearly aiming for high-stakes, for us to be rooting for the characters to pull it off, but it just didn’t work that way. it still felt dull, and I ended up just feeling annoyed again that they didn’t have the balls to just tell their adult daughter the truth. Also, this whole book was incredibly predictable. You knew from the first chapter that they would never pull it off. They either wouldn’t follow through or something would make them change their minds at the last minute. I called the ‘plot twist’ in this book by about the 3rd chapter.
All in all, pretty meh, I am honest. I, clearly, had some major issues with this book. I think that if it had been done differently, very differently, then it could have been a really good book, but ultimately, it just ended up pissing me off and making me want to slap about 20 fictional characters.
1.5 out of 5
And there we have it. pretty disappointed by this one. have you read Skippin Christmas? what did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon