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Review | A Christmas Kerril

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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.

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Hott Review:

What I liked: A Christmas Kerril is a cute novel vaguely based on A Christmas Carol. It’s fun to watch Kerril meander through the intricacies of high school and try to understand how her dreams apply to her life.
I’m not sure if most teens will get that Kerril really isn’t any more self-involved than most. While she’s given an understanding of others during the book, it’s hard to say whether this experience will truly alter her perceptions going forward.
What I didn’t like: I wasn’t too keen on the foul language. I felt it was much more than necessary.


Author: Denise Jaden
Source: I Am A Reader
Publisher & Date: August 17th 2015 by Createspace
Genre: Young Adult Christmas Fiction/Romance
ISBN: 1516947479 (ISBN13: 9781516947478)
Pages: 256
Grade: B
Ages: 16+ | Foul Language
Steam: None
Setting: Westerly Academy
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge,

Author Bio:

Denise Jaden’s writing has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazine (Spring, 2008), The Greensilk Journal (Fall 2007 – where her story, LOCKED AWAY, won an Editor’s Choice Award),and The Tidepool Fiction Ezine. Her novels from Simon & Schuster include LOSING FAITH and NEVER ENOUGH, and have received various nominations and awards through Romance Writers of America, INSPY, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, LOSING FAITH, was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007. Her first non-fiction book, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction, was out in October, 2012. Her second non-fiction book for writers, FAST FICTION was released in 2014 from New World Library, and her latest YA, FOREIGN EXCHANGE was an Editor’s Pick from Evernight Teen. Here next young adult novel, AVALANCHE, will be released from Leap Books in early 2016.

She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband, Ted, and their eleven-year-old son, who she homeschools (and who fast drafts his own story during NaNo each year).

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