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Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780385505833
ISBN-10: 0385505833
Publication Date: 11/6/2001
Pages: 176
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 493 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
A quick, very funny read. Worth a place on your shelf for reading every season. This is NOT a tear-jerking tale that will warm your heart and make you weep, and it is not meant to be. I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was an excellent story and several times I found myself laughing outloud as I drove to work.
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Helpful Score: 3
not a mystery but cute story. light reading.
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Helpful Score: 3
How a couple in small town America deals with their daughter not being home for Christmas. This unexpectedly affects their friends and neighbors as well. Very similar to the movie but there are some significant differences.
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Helpful Score: 2
Small book, very quick read... and a must to read before the holidays! You will find alot of yourself in reading this book!!! Very different book by John Grisham, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it (nothing like the movie)
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Helpful Score: 2
Even though I saw the movie this is still a really good, funny book. You won't be disappointed you read it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very funny audio book. The movie Christmas with the Kranks is based upon this book... However, the audio is much better than the movie!!!
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Helpful Score: 2
THIS BOOK IS WAY LEFT FIELD OF ANYTHING I HAVE EVER READ OF JOHN GRISHAM'S! IT IS A FUNNY, WARM, WONDERFUL BOOK & I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT IT. NOT YOUR TYPICAL GRISHAM BOOK! MADE ME ALL WARM & FUZZY...I LOVED IT!!
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Accountant Luther Krank is a Scrooge for the new millennium. He calculates that he and his wife, Nora, can take a Caribbean cruise during Christmas for much less money than they spent during the previous year's Christmas season. But Luther doesn't just want to take a vacation during Christmas; he wants to take a vacation from Christmas and skip it altogether. This means that the Kranks will not buy a Christmas tree or calendar, put up any decorations, send any Christmas cards, give any gifts, or attend or host any parties much to the chagrin of their hyperfestive neighbors. However, an unexpected phone call at the last minute leads to a change in plans. Hilarity ensues, but the poignant conclusion is unforgettable. Grisham astutely captures the way many people spend the holiday season, from fighting the crowds to commenting on their neighbors' Christmas trees.
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Cute and funny. A very quick read. Very different than John Grishams other books. Hmm did he write this one? Laughed quite a bit with this book. Husband and wife decide to skip Christmas this year when daughter decides to go to Peru for the holidays on a Peace Corps mission. They book a cruise instead of doing the whole holiday thing. This upsets the neighborhood which is planning on winning the decorating reward again this year with their frosty on the roof of every house. Neighborhood gossip filled with silly situations makes this book the comedy that it is. It is no wonder they made this a movie, silly entertainment at it's best. I will have to go rent it now and see it. Good beach or poolside book.
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I enjoy books that are light hearted...therefore, I do not typically read John Grisham. I enjoyed this book. I liked the concept of skipping Christmas (or attempting to skip Christmas and everything that is involved).
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a fun book to listen to. Much better than the movie! My husband and I listened to this on a road trip together and we both enjoyed it very much. It was funny and not too heavy so it made the drive great.
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Helpful Score: 2
I have been known to say "John Grisham can't write a bad book". This may be true in his usual genre, however, his comedic writing leaves a lot to be desired. I found myself skiming the first 3/4 of the book just to get through it. The last 1/4 picks up quite a bit and at least leaves you feeling like your time was not completelly wasted.
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This is not a typical Grisham book, but it was very enjoyable. It's a very quick read. It's about a couple whose daughter is in college or grad school, studying abroad. So they decide to "skip" Christmas and go on a cruise to somewhere warm instead. Their neighbors are angry because the entire neighborhood decorates together and their friends are confused because thye have a big annual Christmas party. At the last minute, their daughter calls & says she is bringing home a fiancee & wants to show him a Christmas like she had growing up. They have a few hours to get everything together!
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A truly hilarious look at how hard it could be to NOT celebrate Christmas. Grisham shows an entirely different side of himself here, and proves himself as adept at writing comedy as he is with suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was witty and funny and nothing like John Grisham.
Want to see the movie one day.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a wonderful book. I read it during the week of Christmas and at times thought the characters had a wonderful idea. The characters are truly tested though. Will they really be able to skip Christmas? Would you be able to? I have to admit it's fun to think about :)
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Helpful Score: 1
Lots of fun, a nice light read.
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I'm not usually into John Grisham books, but I loved this. It was so cleverly written and funny...I couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very cute Christmas story that asks the all important question, Can we skip Christmas without anyone noticing?
Read the book before you see the movie, if you haven't seen it yet.
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Helpful Score: 1
John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home."
Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.

Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was excellent! It was off he beaten path of Grishams usuals, but it was short and enjoyable - much better than the movie
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm not a fan of John Grisham's books but thought this one would be a nice, humorous story. The premise sounded funny - a couple decide to not celebrate Christmas and all its commercial trappings. This includes decorating the outside of their house like everyone else does in their neighborhood. The neighbors are aghast at this breach of Christmas protocol. Yet, I didn't find this book very funny the way it was written. But humor is a very individual taste at times so anyone who likes Grisham and/or broad humor may like this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
good book. just like the movie pretty much, word for word
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Loved this book. Not Grishams usual fare, but it was funny and shows how foolish we can be at times about Christmas. ( Christmas at the Kranks is about this book.) I could see it taking place in my neighborhood!!
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This was a cute Christmas story. I laughed out loud!
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Helpful Score: 1
A feel good story, not just about Christmas, but also about the daily sacrifices loved ones make for each other and the importance of family and community.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not one of his best books and I love reading anything by John Grisham. It's just completely the opposite that I have come to expect from him.
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Helpful Score: 1
IT is a fast read. Tightly written. A rare book that actually makes you laugh out loud; with a positive resolution.
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John Grisham is an amazing writer and this book had all the possibility of becoming a holiday favorite of mine....but it fell short. Like a modern day scrooge, the main focus of the book is "bah-humbugging" until the very end. I don't like the main character much...he's rude, selfish, and only thinks about money. It's not the skipping Christmas that was hard to relate to, it was the main character's rude and selfish behavior...his complete and utter negativity. I was really hoping for that grand finish, the turn around where he realizes what an idiot he has been. While there is a glimmer(the last chapter), I find it not worth the other 170 pages...I just wanted to hit this scrooge over the head with his preverbial cane!
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Super funny book. Quick read with a great ending.
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John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25.
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I did not think this book was of the same style writing I was used to from John Grisham. It makes for a nice and easy read for a night by the fire though.
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I wanted to like this story, but eh. I didn't. Loved the first half of the book until the plot-pivoting phone call. The main characters plan on skipping Christmas for one year to give themselves a break from all the stress and the debt. Except, they don't skip it, and they still get stressed out and spend money. I guess the moral of this light-hearted story is... if you're going to be stressed and broke, better to do it together with your neighbors than alone during the holidays. Plenty of people will like this story's finale, but an introvert like me has a hard time warming up to it.
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This is one of the funniest books I have read. It has a serious side to the the funny parts make you laugh outloud. I'm ready for a re-read on this one.
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This book was awesome and can be read in any season! You will laugh and cry. I must say that John Grisham out did himself in this book. I still don't understand what all the fuss was, with the Kranks skipping Christmas. You'd a thought they'd killed someone with the way their neighborhood acted. It all came together in the end, and it was beautiful! A must read!
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I call this a "fluff" book. Its light, easy reading and I finished it in a day. Not your classic Grisham, but a cute read anyway.
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This book is a quick read and very meaningful.
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VERY FUNNY GREAT TO LISTEN TO
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Listened to this one on my way back home from visiting family over the Thanksgiving. I can sum it up in a single word....Hilarious!!!!!
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Funny book. Very entertaining. Good, quick read.
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Great Book, As good as the movie!!
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Cute story about all we go through at Christmas time-and what we do for our families. Funny!
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Funny lighthearted story. Also a movie called "Christmas with the Kranks".
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This is humorous. An easy read that you can finish in
one evening...and, fairly large clear type.
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loved this book.....so much better than the movie.
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Great, quick read; I liked the book much better than the movie based on the book (Chrismtas with the Kranks).
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What a great book, and a great idea. Can't wait to the year I can skip christmas! This is a quick read, and I try to make time each season now to read at least part of it over, and over again.
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very funny!
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I loveed this book. Very funny!!
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I really enjoyed this - made me laugh out loud a couple of times the way people are shocked when you try to make a change!
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Hilarious and heart warming friendships and family!
Read in one evening. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis!
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As good as the movie! Fun holiday book.
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Good story.
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funny, better than the movie!
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Different from his other venues, good.
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This is a fun book. Very unlike John Grisham but good nonetheless. You will enjoy the antics that goes on and it reminds me a lot of Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase.
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Funny,fuuny book about what happens when you try to be different and do something else for a change.
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Better than the movie, such a good read.
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A very good book by Grisham.....highly recommended
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So much better than the movie! I didn't know that Grisham could do comedy so well.
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I loved this book, what a great laugh out loud book.
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Fun, light story just right for the holidays.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller. A fun read.
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This is so funny:) I would laugh outloud while reading this in bed and my hubby thought I was crazy!
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This is a good christmas read, just read the book before seeing the movie. After watching the nmovie first the book seemed predictable.
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Pretty cute. It got really funny when they had to suddenly change all their plans on Christmas Eve. A quick enjoyable read.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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Not like real Grisham, but a fun read.
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A lighthearted romp about two people wanting to avoid the craziness of Christmas only to find out it's not about money, but good friends and family at home.
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Very Cute....
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Much better than the movie~
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A very funny and good book
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An easy light read. Totally different from Grisham's other books!
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street with a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come Dec 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences-and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.
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Excellent, brand new condition but labeled for Book Crossing. Movie tie-in cover. The movie that was called "Christmas with the Kranks."
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I just love this one!
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I read this book every Christmas, and I look foward to it each year. I think its a quick read and it just reminds me of my family and how crazy they get at Christmas. A great holiday story that is not some remake of something else, its an orgional and well worth reading.
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Very Funny.
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Not typical John Grisham, but still a good story.
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The book is better than the movie. A different kind of Grisham of book but not his best.
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Cute story; quick and easy to read; nothing like Grisham's "lawyer" books; the movie CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS is based on this one.
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A departure from Grisham's typical books, but a lot of fun. An easy read.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Love John Grisham!
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Very funny! Movie followed it very closely.
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Having sent their only child off to the Peace Corp - and suffering from empty nest syndrome - 2 everyday type of people with all the usual gripes and enjoyments find out skipping Christmas isn't quie what they expected.
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I loved this book! It made me laugh out loud and it was a great story.
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Funny, relaxing, fast read!!!
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Hilarious account of a couple's attempt to bypass the overblown commercialism of the holiday season--with disastrous results. Lighthearted, easy read. Recommended for anyone who thinks the pressures of Christmas come around a little too often.
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I thought this was such a fun easy happy ho ho read. This was a quick read but really fun. Loved all the hussle and busyness that goes on in the holiday season.
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I loved this book. Very quick and easy read. The movie was nowhere near as good as the book.
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great funny story!
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This book is a total departure from John Grishams other books. A fun read and really funny. Just don't read this book if you are out in a public place, sometimes you justcan't help start laughing out loud and people will look at you funny.
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The Krank's have decided to skip Christmas and take a cruise because their only child has left the nest. They are not prepared for all of the consequences of their decision. Very good book
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OK. I think I will stick with Grisham's other genre, though.
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I just couldn't get into this book at all - maybe because I've seen the movie which didn't do much for me either.
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The narrator does a GREAT job. The sarcasm in Mr. Krank's thoughts really made me giggle. Highly entertaining story. Hilarious relationships between neighbors and excessive holiday expectations make life tough for the Kranks. Light-hearted ending brings the "spirit of the season" all back around.
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This is the book that the movie "Christmas with the Kranks" was based off of. The movie stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. I recently finished the book and then watched the movie several days later...I was surprised how close the movie was to the book. They didn't leave much out.
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Fun book to start the holidays off right. Made me laugh! Hope you enjoy!
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Talk about a tale of confusion. Very funny book reminds me of the average famies funny christmas stories.
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Grisham always does a nice job in his books. This book is fun because it's holiday related. Afterall, they made a movie of it!
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A funny story about a family who decided to Skip Christmas and all the Commericalism that goes with it. Quick easy reading. There was a movie made from this book.
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Very funny, easy read. I haven't seen the movie, but the book was hilarious, and much needed in ANY busy, traditional season full of mayhem and rituals.
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The book is even better than the movie.
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Fun read.... Better than the movie.
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The book is much better than the movie (Christmas with the Kranks). Grisham has a sense of humor.
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I was a good quick read. I liked the movie better. If you like Christmas you will like this book.
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We've all thought about skipping Christmas, and this book shows that it may be impossible. I'm not a big Grisham fan, but I enjoy his recent forays out of law/mystery. Definitely worth a read!
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I thought that this was a great book to read around Christmas. I really enjoyed it.
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I have yet to see the movie, but this book was great.
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The Kranks want to get away from all the stress and anxiety and pressure of Christmas; they want, in short, to skip it. Take a cruise instead. Sure! In time for the holidays, "Skipping Christmas" offers some light relief from famous suspense author John Grisham.
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Very cute, funny. A fast read.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That is just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. But as this weary couple is about to discover, shipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.
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Super cute book. Not the usual Grisham tale. Now I need to get the movie and watch it! Would definitely recommend this book.
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Very cute book, easy to get into. Love the premise!! Didn't see the movie starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis but heard the book was better.
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In a charming fable, John Grisham tells the story of one couple's hilarious attempt to escape Christmas, only to be forced by friends and family to rediscover the true meaning of the season....
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As good as the movie. Imagine a year without Christmas. Hilarious!
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What could happen if your family decided to skip Christmas? A hilarious situation.
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A quick and entertaining read, although quite predictable.
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I laughed out loud! From the back cover: A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our hliday tridition.
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Very cute story, much more humorous than the movie version. Read this in an hour - very entertaining.
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Cute story and a very quick read.
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Cute----predictable. A mindless read and definately not typical Grisham.
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What a nice surprise from John Grisham! I never saw the movie, but the book is funny!!
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Laugh out loud read.
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Great book. Nice change of pace.
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Very fun and easy read. John Grisham is still my favorite.
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I love this book, I read it every Christmas. Its not a regular John Grisham book. Its a quick read that will make you laugh out loud and put you in the holiday spirit.
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easy quick reading. full of fun and frolic. a great book.
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A funny and entertaining book - I enjoyed it!
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more of a short story premise, one-dimensional stereotyped characters
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good but on the short side
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Very quick read. Amusing.
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Fun novel and keeps interest.
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Fun to read.
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Very easy funny read!!!
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Good book - not the typical John Grisham. Enjoyable, funny.
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Not Grissom's usual fare, but cute. Great Cristmas book.
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Great fun! I think Grisham can write any type of book!
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A really neat book, with a heart-warming story. Good modern setting and good read for the holidays.
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Reading "Skipping Christmas" you'll get everything you'd ask for if you want to be entertained or just having a fun time while reading a book. John Grisham showed once again his capabilities of being one of the most entertaining and easy-read authors. The best thing with this book is not only that it's entertaining, like most of his other books, but that it's full of humour and sarcasm. A really good and entertaining story about a couple that decides to skip Christmas and the resistance and doubt they meet among their friends and neighbors.
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Hilarious and non-typical for John Grisham. Movie made from this book (Christmas with the Kranks? Something like that). Great short story about a couple that decides NOT to decorate their house for Christmas! HORRORS!
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Do NOT compair this to the lame movie version that came out a few years ago. This is an unexpected offering from John Grisham, and a good one. Enjoy!
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First one of Grisham's books I didn't really care for. Didn't find his characters likeable as I usually do. Thus, I didn't really care how it turned out.
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Wonderful book. Draws you in immediately. Funny and lighthearted. I couldn't wait to read the next page.
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I used to read this book every year at Christmas. Very good book. Entertaining and has a good message. It is a lot better than the movie (but they always are!) :)
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fun but thought provoking
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This is a "laugh out loud" book. Great!
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Cute & fast read, but overall negative tone. Luther is a miserable husband & father, but perfect grinch. Christmas with the Kranks.
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A short & sweet novel, fun to read.
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Very cute Christmas story
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A fun and amusing book. Left me feeling good. I really enjoyed the story.
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Just loved it! Another small, quick read...great for before the holidays!
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A change from John Grisham's other books. This book was fast,funny and entertaining. This is a great book to reread during the holidays.
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This was a cute story
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A hilarious, sweet story.
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Very cute and fast read!!!
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Loved this book! A quick and easy read with lots of laughs...
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Good short story.
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Funny and we all can relate to what the family is going through during the holidays!
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A couple decides to skip Christmas but it isn't as easy as they thought it would be with their neighbors and family determined they will celebrate Christmas. A good light hearted read made into a movie.
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A light hearted twist for Grishmam. A terrific look at just how overwhelming and commercialized Christmas has become. Laugh out loud funny. I will never look at a plastic light up snowman the same again! Enjoyable holiday read!
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very interesting and a quick read.
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This is one of my favorite books of all time! I enjoyed it way more than the movie. You can read it quickly, and is very funny.
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This is a great quick read that was great. It pulled you in and kept you reading!
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too good read in one day
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A funny Christmas story.
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Very good short book.
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Good book not like his other novels
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Very funny.
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Out of the norm for Grisham but a great book anyway.
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This was a simple book, a quick read.
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Quick, funny read. Reminds you what Christmas can really be about. And the neighborhood characters are well-written.
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This was one of his best. Loved it...
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read for a book club -- lots of people enjoyed it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea
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A fun book to read during the rush of getting ready for Christmas.
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A different type of book for John Grisham, but a very heartwarming story for the holiday season.
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A sweet little book telling the tale of a year without Christmas. A classic tale for modern times.
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Excellent family story of what happens when you try to skip Christmas!
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Quite an interesting book, easy to read, funny, and keeps you guessing.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A fun book!!
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I usually love Grisham stories, even the non-legal fiction (A Painted House, Playing for Pizza). This book just had a mixed up message and not very likeable characters. Was there a hero or villain? The actions of all the parties were always too extreme for the circumstances. I ended up skimming the last 20 pages looking for a conclusion so I could put it down.

Oh well, his next one will be worth it.
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A great gift or for yourselves. The Christmas classic: "Skipping Christmas". Luther and Nora Krank decide no Christmas this year. They usually have a Christmas party for their neighbors. But they reckon without thinking of their neighbors, their college age daughter comes home and expects to celebrate Christmas!T he Kranks discover skipping Christmas is bah humbug! A delightful Christmas read!
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I never knew that John Grisham could write such an interesting and exciting book that kept me on the edge till the end. I highly recommend reading "Skipping Christmas".
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We get to see some humor from Mr. Grisham. A little too silly in places, but still a good read.
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Easy read. Entertaining.
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As a couple fed up with Christmas, these people refuse to decorate, or partake in holiday festivites at all. When you are "Fed up" with all the hype that Christmas brings, the money focus, this is the book to read. Great writing style. Not what I expected from him, but definitely shows his talent for branching out into other genres.Absolutely great - quick read.
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Amusing tale made into the movie "Christmas With The Cranks".
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This was a fun book to read, especially around the holidays!
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I enjoyed reading this book and never saw the movie. I could see Tim Allen and Janie Lee Curtis in my mind while reading the story. It is a fun book that hits on feelings many of us feel at holiday time.
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Fast and easy to read.
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I did NOT like this book. It was too cheesy and far-fetched for me.
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I loved this book. It is one of my keepers that I go back to over and over. It is very funny and a great read.
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I loved this lighter side of Grisham. It's a great story to read right before Christmas, especially if you are or have a Bah-humbug in your life..
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This is such a fun Christmas read. We read it for the book club I run last Christmas and everyone really enjoyed it. Laugh out loud with every page!
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Fun holiday read by John Grisham. A departure from his usual books. Well written, quick read, was made into a movie that starred Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Very comical! Different voice for John Grisham, as well...one that's fantastic!
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cute book, the movie is fairly close to the book, but like most, the book is better...
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I got this book right before Christmas and finished it in about 4 days. It was a very easy read and the movie is VERY close to the book. Very fun and cute read.
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Not one of Grisham's best.
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Great book! Better than the movie (Christmas with the Cranks)!
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Great little read about "doing" Christmas for the sake of family. This is the book that the movie Christmas With The Kranks was based on.
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This was a great short novel about the meaning of christmas- loved how everything worked out ;)
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Fun, unique story-line, certainly not what you would expect from John Grisham.
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Imagine a year withut Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents." -From the cover
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Very good book and a quick little read about the true meaning of Christmas.
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An enjoyable (and often comical) story that appeals to the Scrooge in each of us.
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Story of Christmas With the Kranks.
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This was a fun book to read. If you have children over 18 it will most likely hit home. Not, a empty nester book. full of laughter.The title is misleading. It's how parents handle a quick change of plans. This was such a fun book they did make a move around it. As usual the book is so much more enjoyable. A quick fast read.
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Wonderful!
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Another great book from John Grisham!
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Very humourous and entertaining book! A rib-tickler with a surprise ending.
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Want to add some laughs to your holidays? Read a chapter every night or two before you go to bed and all the stress and insanity of the Christmas season will melt away with your laughter. Easy, light reading.
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If you have seen the movie Christmas with the Kronks then read this book. Books are always better than the movies made from them
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A great easy read about the idea of skipping Christmas and all the chaos and frenzy that go with it.....only to find out that it isn't as easy as they thought!
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A couple who take a Caribbean cruise during the Christmas holiday discover it isn't as easy as they had thought. A hilarious lok at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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Lots of laughs and very enjoyable. Fast read, fun book.
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Better than the movie version.
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Now a movie called "Christmas with the Kranks (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis)

The book/story is hilarious - a very fun read, throughly enjoyable any time of the year!
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One of the best holiday books I have read....fast read and so well written!
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Large Print
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I had fun with this book, since I have also seen the movie.
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Loved this story. Very different from all the other books.
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Was adapted to a film called Christmas with the Kranks. Quite funny and can be related to by all as the holiday season approaches.
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I read a Grisham book once a long time ago, don't even remember which one, but I didn't care much for it and that was the end of that. But I had heard good things about Skipping Christmas, and when I found myself with a copy, I decided to give it a try. It's a nice story, hilarious is really not the word I would use. It didn't change my mind about John Grisham.
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A different kind of book for John Grisham. Funny and so real!
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This was an interesting book, and I was quite surprised by the turn of events, because I've never seen the movie.
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A very funny and amusing look at a couple trying to skip Christmas and the entanglements that ensue. It is hilarious and a quick read.
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Great author.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences--and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined. A classic tale for modern times, "Skipping Christmas" offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition. Made into a major motion picture starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Akroyd.
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unabridged
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This book was made into the movie "Christmas with the Kranks", and it is a cute book.
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Loved it!

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John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home."
Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.

Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk--
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This was a very quick read. It was predictable and light.
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From cover:
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. Thats just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, theyll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they wont be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they arent even going to have a tree. They wont need one, because come December 25 theyre setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequencesand isnt half as easy as theyd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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this book was a funny comical book. based on the movie christmas with the kranks. it didn't take me long to read. excellent
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Enjoyable quick read. This book is registered at bookcrossing.com
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My parents have read every John Grisham book there is, even his latest two (thanks to the library). I knew this book was the basis for the movie "Christmas with the Kranks." It's an easy and fast read. Not as funny as I thought it would be considering the movie stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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A light-hearted romp, now a movie CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.

From back cover: Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.
But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...
A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.
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FUN EAY READ
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"Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decided that , just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock St. without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a gree. They won't need one, because come Dec. 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined" - excerpt from cover.
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imagine a year without christmas. no crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted Christmas presents. One couple decides to skip Christmas and go ona carribean cruise. But skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences.....A hilarious look at how frenetic we have become over this holiday.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Carribean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences-and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined...
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Great quick read...in great shape