A Christmas Kerril by Denise Jaden, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance, YA, Christmas
Publisher~ Createspace
Published~ August 17, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
In this modern take on a holiday classic, high school junior, Kerril, faces her past, present, and future to be reminded of the good in others, and in herself.

Haunted by the memory of the worst of her divorced parents’ public Christmas blowouts, Kerril, will do almost anything to avoid the upcoming tinsel-filled season. Unfortunately, a teacher with a grudge casts Kerril as the lead in the school’s holiday production. To add to the misery, she will star alongside ultra-awkward Adam as her love interest. 

Wanting to ditch the play, Adam, her parents, and Christmas altogether, Kerril accepts an invitation to take off to a cabin with her ultimate dream crush, Perry – only Perry may not be the guy she hoped he was, and it’s not until she’s left Adam behind to fend for himself onstage that she realizes he might just be the guy of her dreams.

My Thoughts
As the blurb said this is a take on the class Christmas Carol...and it is so fun!  Through the use of a school play, dreams and flashbacks Kerril faces her past, present and future in an eye-opening approach that left me enjoying the characters and appreciating a bit of self-reflection.  I love Christmas stories so I was excited to get the chance to review this book.  I knew that part of the book was obviously going to be about choices and "ghosts" (which using dreams for ghosts...genius), but I was surprised at how some parts were very predictable and some parts I did not see coming at all.

By the end of the book I loved a few characters...hello Adam..liked, but not loved Keril and her friends, and really really really did not like Perry.  The fact that I was so set in my thoughts on these characters thrilled me!  DJ's writing style was fantastic for this YA story and kept me intrigued from cover to cover.  Speaking of covers..I adore this cover.  It is very simplistic, but for some reason it has stuck with me even after finishing this story!

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Disclaimer~  I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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