Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Carol by Bob Hartman

Jack O'Malley hates shopping. He hates snow. He even hates Christmas. All three at once is Jack's idea of a very bad day. Storming into Starbucks to escape, Jack almost knocks someone over. Someone quite beautiful. And mysterious. And his entire life - what he once was, who he is now, and who he could become - flashes before him. This contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" is funny, moving and really makes you think.

The Review:
My Ranking: `5 out of 10
Ages: 13 & up

Carol was a small book that I received around Christmas but haven't gotten around to reading until recently. I never realized it was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol until I got into it and started reading it for myself. I had finished the book in less than an hour and enjoyed the simple story that held a lesson on selflessness.

Jack and Carol were both interesting, quirky characters that I enjoyed reading about. I found myself smiling as I read through their conversations. Both were well laid out for the length of the book.  I never really came to like Jack, but considering his character I suppose that's natural. Carol was a funny woman and I chuckled at some of the things she said.

The only thing to point out is that Jack is a bit of a feisty character and flirts with women a bit. Nothing was explicit at all or made me uncomfortable, but I did notice it and want to point it out.

Other than that I have nothing much to point out! It made an entertaining, one-time read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the story A Christmas Carol or likes simple Christmas stories. Purchase it here!

I received this free book in return for an honest review from Christian Review of Books. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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