Book Reviews of Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780440242574
ISBN-10: 0440242576
Publication Date: 10/12/2004
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 493 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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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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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
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: 1
Super funny book. Quick read with a great ending.
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Helpful Score: 1
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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Helpful Score: 1
good book. just like the movie pretty much, word for word
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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
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
Lots of fun, a nice light read.
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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 was a cute Christmas story. I laughed out loud!
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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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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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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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Funny lighthearted story. Also a movie called "Christmas with the Kranks".
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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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great funny story!
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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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Funny, relaxing, fast read!!!
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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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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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As good as the movie! Fun holiday book.
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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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Great Book, As good as the movie!!
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Funny book. Very entertaining. Good, quick read.
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Not like real Grisham, but a fun read.
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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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An easy light read. Totally different from Grisham's other books!
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A very funny and good book
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I loveed this book. Very funny!!
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Fun read.... Better than the movie.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller. A fun read.
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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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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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The book is better than the movie. A different kind of Grisham of book but not his best.
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I loved this book! It made me laugh out loud and it was a great story.
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Very funny! Movie followed it very closely.
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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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Talk about a tale of confusion. Very funny book reminds me of the average famies funny christmas stories.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Love John Grisham!
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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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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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I was a good quick read. I liked the movie better. If you like Christmas you will like this book.
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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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What could happen if your family decided to skip Christmas? A hilarious situation.
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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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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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I have yet to see the movie, but this book was great.
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I thought that this was a great book to read around Christmas. I really enjoyed it.
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A quick and entertaining read, although quite predictable.
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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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Not typical John Grisham, but still a good story.
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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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I just love this one!
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Cute story and a very quick read.
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Good story.
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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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I loved this book, what a great laugh out loud book.
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The book is even better than the movie.
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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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Fun, light story just right for the holidays.
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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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I did NOT like this book. It was too cheesy and far-fetched for me.
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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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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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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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I loved this book. Very quick and easy read. The movie was nowhere near as good as the book.
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Amusing tale made into the movie "Christmas With The Cranks".
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funny, better than the movie!
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Fast and easy to read.
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Easy read. Entertaining.
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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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This was a fun book to read, especially around the holidays!
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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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Laugh out loud 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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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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We get to see some humor from Mr. Grisham. A little too silly in places, but still a good read.
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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. Imagine a year without Christmas. Hilarious!
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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 Cute....
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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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very funny!
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Very cute, funny. A fast read.
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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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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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Cute story about all we go through at Christmas time-and what we do for our families. Funny!
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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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Much better than the movie~
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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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Better than the movie, such a good read.
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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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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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Different from his other venues, good.
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Cute----predictable. A mindless read and definately not typical Grisham.
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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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What a nice surprise from John Grisham! I never saw the movie, but the book is funny!!
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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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A very good book by Grisham.....highly recommended
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This was a very quick read. It was predictable and light.
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A different kind of book for John Grisham. Funny and so real!
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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 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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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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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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This book was made into the movie "Christmas with the Kranks", and it is a cute book.
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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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Better than the movie version.
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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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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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Read this on the plane yesterday coming home from Mexico. Love this book and the movie, Christmas With Kranks, is even better to watch.
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Great quick read...in great shape