The Afterlife of Holly Chase
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. . . .

The Afterlife of Holly Chase Details

TitleThe Afterlife of Holly Chase
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062318503
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

The Afterlife of Holly Chase Review

  • Lola Reviewer
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot believe Cynthia Hand wrote this book. Someone please tell me it’s actually a ghostwriter, because I can’t bring myself to imagine the author of the magnificent Unearthly series and co-author of hilarious My Lady Jane really writing this book full of clichés. You’d think there wouldn’t be this many, given the original premise of a secret Christmas organization with the goal of ridding the planet of Scrooges. But oh, the characters are so stereotypical.Actually, I expected Holly Chase to I cannot believe Cynthia Hand wrote this book. Someone please tell me it’s actually a ghostwriter, because I can’t bring myself to imagine the author of the magnificent Unearthly series and co-author of hilarious My Lady Jane really writing this book full of clichés. You’d think there wouldn’t be this many, given the original premise of a secret Christmas organization with the goal of ridding the planet of Scrooges. But oh, the characters are so stereotypical.Actually, I expected Holly Chase to be a brat, seeing that that’s exactly why she became the Ghost of Christmas Past. She was selfish, spoiled and inconsiderate. That right there is the catastrophic recipe for a one-dimensional and stereotypical character.While we are presented indeed with different facets of Holly Chase’s personality, now that she has learned her lesson and became an overall better (dead) human being, we never saw her change. We were only told she changed, and frankly, she is still arrogant as hell. Then there’s Ethan, the love interest and the new Scrooge, who is super handsome, super rich and super spoiled also. That’s where I stopped reading. I many have only read 1/5 of the book, but that’s more than enough for me. Having read more than a thousand books in my life, I have learned a few things about myself and can now very early on determine whether a book is a winner or not.The Afterlife of Holly Chase makes me feel embarrassed for Cynthia Hand who we know is an author of great talent. So what happened? Oh dear, what happened?Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Dania
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas Carol retelling done beautifully! I couldn't expect anything less from Cynthia Hand. After reading My Dear Jane, I fell in love with her style of writing, and The Afterlife of Holly Chase was no different. It was unlike anything I have ever read before. It was a little bizarre reading this book in May, but I definitely can't wait for Christmas!
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  • Cynthia Hand
    January 1, 1970
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Seems weird reading this in May, when the book isn't due until October, but I must thank edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this early.There's very few people that will not be familiar with the story of Scrooge and his shot at redemption. With untold students having to study 'A Christmas Carol for GCSE I can see this being an interesting companion piece.So, in this story we begin with Holly Chase showing us - in full glory - why she's so deeply unpleasant. The knowing nods to Dicken Seems weird reading this in May, when the book isn't due until October, but I must thank edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this early.There's very few people that will not be familiar with the story of Scrooge and his shot at redemption. With untold students having to study 'A Christmas Carol for GCSE I can see this being an interesting companion piece.So, in this story we begin with Holly Chase showing us - in full glory - why she's so deeply unpleasant. The knowing nods to Dickens come very quickly, and then we get a deviation. For this is not a straightforward retelling.In this version Holly dies and is then taken to work on Project Scrooge, a secretive set-up where once a year the crew attempt to save the life of one Scrooge (or the modern equivalent). We watch as Holly and her team prepare to help out seventeen year old Ethan, a rich boy who's lost his softer side. From the off we can see Holly - our ghost of Christmas Past - has a lot more invested in this case than others she's worked on. Though things aren't done conventionally here, we root for Holly as she tries to change someone's future.As the book progresses there's hints that things are not quite as we were led to believe. However, it all ties together nicely.This must be the only book I've read where I'm actually happy that the romance I was hoping for all along didn't quite go to plan. When you read it, you'll know why.Aside from the modern setting and the easily identifiable characters, I loved the way Hand updates the source for a modern reader. And the geeky English teacher in me loved all the Dickens references and quotes.What's not to love?
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  • Carly Aikin
    January 1, 1970
    This is now MY FAVORITE BOOK, and I didn't think I could love it more than Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series. Had to check this out from a friend who got an early copy.I cried my eyes out!!! Loved the love story at the heart of this supernatural and often really funny book. It starts out so much fun and builds to this beautifully heartbreaking conclusion. Holly Chase is your classic LA bitchy girl who on Christmas Eve is given the chance to repent but tells the ghost to take a hike. Then she dies. This is now MY FAVORITE BOOK, and I didn't think I could love it more than Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series. Had to check this out from a friend who got an early copy.I cried my eyes out!!! Loved the love story at the heart of this supernatural and often really funny book. It starts out so much fun and builds to this beautifully heartbreaking conclusion. Holly Chase is your classic LA bitchy girl who on Christmas Eve is given the chance to repent but tells the ghost to take a hike. Then she dies. Her only chance at redemption is as a zombie helping to save a boy as evil as she was from becoming a zombie like her. But she falls in love with him. I'm not gonna do the spoiler alert here. You just have to read it. It's so sweet and a great Christmas lesson for all of us who have misplaced values. It really is the most creative and lovely romance I've ever read. Fault in Our Stars is obviously a very real drama, but I had the same final reaction here as I did with Fault. Could not stop crying!!!
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  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't know a single person who doesn't speak highly of Cynthia Hand. I've been her fan ever since Unearthly, Tucker is one of my favorite book boyfriends and I've read all of her books. I'm also really liking her new approach to ya literature. She always comes up with something unique and really out there. Her work still has her signature charm. Even though The Afterlife of Holly Chase is her shortest book yet, I didn't think it was lacking in any way.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Holly Chase is the very definition of a Scrooge and every Scrooge deserves a second chance. Fun YA retelling of the classic Christmas Carol with a few great plot twists that I never expected.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Give me a Christmas book any time of year! This is my first time reading a book by Hand, though she seems to be well known based on other reviews of this book. Can't wait to read more from her. Anyway, this book was a pretty neat YA take on a classic Christmas story. If that's your thing, I recommend it! Note: I won this in a goodreads giveaway.
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  • Yelania Nightwalker
    January 1, 1970
    Mi reseña más cerca de la fecha de publicación, junto con un sorteo por una copia avanzada de lectura de esta novela.
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    Release date: October 24, 20172.5 stars. I do like Cynthia Hand's other books and think she's a talented author, but this really was not a story for me. I think middle schoolers and the younger YA crowd might enjoy it more! Honestly, I found most of the story to be either cringeworthy or cliche & dull. Like I was actually cringing and didn't want to keep reading. Obviously the main character needed to start out super obnoxious in order to change by the end, but even the love interest was the Release date: October 24, 20172.5 stars. I do like Cynthia Hand's other books and think she's a talented author, but this really was not a story for me. I think middle schoolers and the younger YA crowd might enjoy it more! Honestly, I found most of the story to be either cringeworthy or cliche & dull. Like I was actually cringing and didn't want to keep reading. Obviously the main character needed to start out super obnoxious in order to change by the end, but even the love interest was the typical rich/annoying guy... and it all rang so hollow. I think if you take this story lightly and just breeze through it not looking for character growth or anything to get too invested in then it might be more likable? Again, this IS an author I normally love... so maybe I'm just being a total scrooge and was in an irritable mood.One part I did LOVE is the clever way that the characters had Dickens names like Havisham and Dorrit!Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
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  • Trista
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Cynthia Hand, she's never disappointed me with one of her books, and this one kept that streak alive. It was a re-telling of A Christmas Carol and I enjoyed seeing other Dickens' works tied in to this one, with some of the characters having names like Havisham and Dorrit. The book was short, her shortest one yet, and it ended up being a very quick read. It could easily be read in a night, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace(or in bed, or wherever someone wants to read). Thi I am a huge fan of Cynthia Hand, she's never disappointed me with one of her books, and this one kept that streak alive. It was a re-telling of A Christmas Carol and I enjoyed seeing other Dickens' works tied in to this one, with some of the characters having names like Havisham and Dorrit. The book was short, her shortest one yet, and it ended up being a very quick read. It could easily be read in a night, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace(or in bed, or wherever someone wants to read). This book wasn't just a re-telling of the original in a modern world or with a female main character. It took a Scrooge in Holly Chase who was spoiled and mean and just an absolute brat and showed the reader her punishment for not changing, for not considering the warnings of the three ghosts. After her death, she was sentenced to work for Project Scrooge, trying to save other Scrooges from her fate. Her target this year was seventeen-year-old Ethan, a teen who was very similar to her before her death so this time she found herself getting more invested.Holly wasn't too likeable at the beginning, first as a spoiled rich girl while she was alive then just going through the motions of her job with little respect for anyone. The feeling of being drawn to Ethan due to their similarities was what started her to open her eyes. They had great interactions and were a lot of fun to read.There wasn't a whole lot of time for a lot of character development in supporting characters. It was really focused on Holly and Ethan, which was a little disappointing because I usually find a favourite character in Cynthia Hand's supporting cast. Even with the short amount of pages, there were still twists in the plot and it was a quick, fun read.*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved reading this book! Holly was a Scrooge, and yeah, while she isn't the worst they could be, it was pretty bad, and I enjoyed reading her story!
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    If this was a Korean drama, I can guarantee you that Holly will end up happily ever after with that gorgeous Ethan despite the whole Scrooge set up being so crazy and illogical. But alas..no matter how hard I ship them, that ending although a happy one kind of felt bittersweet for me.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    what a twist with the Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Great cast and nice to see some romance. I liked her friends that she worked with during this year's Scrooge.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    An adorable, sarcastic, heartwarming holiday read! As anxious as I am to enjoy the upcoming Fall season, this very modern take on A Christmas Carol (meets Dead Like Me) has totally put me in the mood for the winter holidays!
  • Melissa Flanagin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you edelweiss.com for allowing me to read a netgalley of The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.I turly enjoyed this retelling of A Christmas Carol by Dickens. It was fun and interesting.I actually enjoyed Holly as a character. I liked the fact that she didn't learn her lesson and therefore had to become part of the program. I also liked that she kept her personality throughout the whole book. All in all it was a fun book
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  • Alyshia
    January 1, 1970
    I've never written a review before; I don't think I'll be any good. But I won this arc in a giveaway, so I thought I should. Sorry in advance. Lol. I've also never read anything by the author before, so I can't compare it to her other books. So I read it with totally fresh eyes. There are spoilers.Okay, so I'd give this like 4.5 stars. I liked the book overall. It was so different. Of course I'd seen some version of A Christmas Carol, but I didn't care about it either way. So it was nice seeing I've never written a review before; I don't think I'll be any good. But I won this arc in a giveaway, so I thought I should. Sorry in advance. Lol. I've also never read anything by the author before, so I can't compare it to her other books. So I read it with totally fresh eyes. There are spoilers.Okay, so I'd give this like 4.5 stars. I liked the book overall. It was so different. Of course I'd seen some version of A Christmas Carol, but I didn't care about it either way. So it was nice seeing a retelling for it. I noticed one typo thing (I don't know if I was supposed to look for those). I also found it annoying that Steph kept saying "Da-Copperfield". At first it was understandable. Then it was like there's no way she keeps making the same mistake. The ending was exactly what I thought it was, but I'm used to finding things predictable. I was sad about Ethan. I knew Holly was technically 5/6 years older. I wasn't thinking about it though. But the ending was good and happy, so it wasn't too bad.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful reimagining of a Christmas Carol, but set in modern-day America with a spirited, but also lonely and sometimes resentful Holly Chase as our Scrooge. Holly begins as Scrooges always do, with nastiness toward those closest to her and a sense of entitlement and superiority. How she ends, however, is another matter.What I loved most about this book was its author's ability to seem to be speaking directly to the reader. By the end, I was in tears over the simple and evocative mess This is a wonderful reimagining of a Christmas Carol, but set in modern-day America with a spirited, but also lonely and sometimes resentful Holly Chase as our Scrooge. Holly begins as Scrooges always do, with nastiness toward those closest to her and a sense of entitlement and superiority. How she ends, however, is another matter.What I loved most about this book was its author's ability to seem to be speaking directly to the reader. By the end, I was in tears over the simple and evocative message of the book, not because I had any real doubts about how it might turn out, but because I recognized parts of myself in Holly Chase. Like any good story, we identify with the main character, despite all her flaws. Or perhaps in this case, because of them. And at its core, any Scrooge story is about change and redemption. It's about the power of our choices, even the smallest ones. It's about how we choose to treat one another, and the simple, elegant message that if we choose to treat those around us with kindness and generosity, we not only make their lives a little better, we make our own lives so very much better. It's a message that is far too easily lost on modern ears. I think Ms. Hand does a wonderful job of reminding us that kindness--genuine kindness--pays for itself manifold.
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  • J.
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book. God bless us, one and all. :) Full review TK closer to publication.
  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    January 1, 1970
    So I feel like I'll be in the minority when it comes to loving this book. But I LOVED THIS BOOK. I also got a little emotional at times, which was surprising :'). RTC.
  • TheReadandSeek
    January 1, 1970
    First Sentence:"The first thing you should probably know is that Yvonne Worthington Chase was dead."Last Sentence:"Which I think means that Grant owes me a twenty." Quotes were found in the ARC edition and might not be in the final copy. I will change quotes accordingly, once the final copy is out. This book was a tough one for me to get through, but towards the ending, it became so meaningful. I didn't think it was possible to retell the "Christmas Carol" in this way, but Cynthia Hand did it im First Sentence:"The first thing you should probably know is that Yvonne Worthington Chase was dead."Last Sentence:"Which I think means that Grant owes me a twenty." Quotes were found in the ARC edition and might not be in the final copy. I will change quotes accordingly, once the final copy is out. This book was a tough one for me to get through, but towards the ending, it became so meaningful. I didn't think it was possible to retell the "Christmas Carol" in this way, but Cynthia Hand did it impeccably. I think everyone should read this during the holidays, because it just one of those feel-good stories.
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  • Jessi ♡
    January 1, 1970
    not to be a party pooper but uh... i couldn't get into it
  • Parrish Worrell
    January 1, 1970
    Love it! I can't put it down.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Holly Chase is a semi-famous seventeen-year-old girl who lives and breathes manipulation, anger, and toxicity. Her mom died when she was fourteen, her step-mother died within the past year, and she ditched her former best friend for a life dedicated to drama and narcissism. She regularly puts down her housekeeper and pitches tantrums, ruling the household and ignoring everything that doesn’t revolve around herself. On the night of Christmas Eve, she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Pr Holly Chase is a semi-famous seventeen-year-old girl who lives and breathes manipulation, anger, and toxicity. Her mom died when she was fourteen, her step-mother died within the past year, and she ditched her former best friend for a life dedicated to drama and narcissism. She regularly puts down her housekeeper and pitches tantrums, ruling the household and ignoring everything that doesn’t revolve around herself. On the night of Christmas Eve, she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and laughs off the experience just to die the next morning. In the afterlife, she is destined to be the Ghost of Christmas Past by working at Project Scrooge, where the Company dedicates each year to gather information and attempt to save a miserable person before their time is up.I love Cynthia Hand’s works but this one was a disappointment. Holly never changed in the afterlife. She continued being grouchy, self-centered, and manipulative. Everything she did was to benefit herself and she wasn’t afraid to use others in the process and break rules just to spice up her life. She goes against everything to physically plant herself in Ethan’s life and start a blossoming relationship in which she still brags and comes across as arrogant. And I was so confused over if she was dead or not. She was but wasn’t and it was never clarified so I classified her as a vampire who never aged, looked the same as she died, and never had to eat or sleep.I received an ARC of The Afterlife of Holly Chase from Edelweiss.
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  • Kim Baccellia
    January 1, 1970
    Five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. They warned her to change her ways or else. Well, Holly didn't believe them and died. Now she's been the ghost of Christmas Present. She's not quite dead but not alive either. Life is set on auto pilot until she finds out who's the latest 'Scrooge'. Holly feels drawn to him, but knows nothing can come of any kind of relationship. Still she feels she needs to warn him so he doesn't suffer her same fate.Wh Five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. They warned her to change her ways or else. Well, Holly didn't believe them and died. Now she's been the ghost of Christmas Present. She's not quite dead but not alive either. Life is set on auto pilot until she finds out who's the latest 'Scrooge'. Holly feels drawn to him, but knows nothing can come of any kind of relationship. Still she feels she needs to warn him so he doesn't suffer her same fate.What worked: Think Groundhog's Day meets a modern day Christmas Carol. Only in this case the former 'Scrooge' Is a rich girl who failed when the ghosts appeared to her and now has to play the part of the ghost of Christmas Present. At the beginning, Holly isn't too likable and goes through the motions of her so-called afterlife job. She reminded me of a Mean Girl stuck in limbo. That changes when she first sees that year's 'Scrooge', Ethan. He's also seventeen and his actions are very similar to hers before she died. I really liked the interactions between the two of them though I wondered how she could do this as she was not really alive?I also liked seeing the behind scenes of the heavenly company that chooses one Scrooge each year. There's humor, technology, and even sparks of office romance. Readers see Ethan though Holly's eyes. Maybe because he's so similar to her, she overlooks his flaws and doesn't see why he was chosen to be 'Scrooge'. There are some hints on why there is a similarity between the two of them. I wasn't really surprised at the ending reveal. Still I was totally engaged in this fun retelling.Fast paced fun twist on A CHRISTMAS CAROL with a heroine who looks beyond herself in order to help someone else. A fun holiday read for those who love retellings of classics.Originally posted at: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...
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  • Katie_la_geek
    January 1, 1970
    Review and rating to come.
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