Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright (Whitney Finalist)

Title: The 13th Day of Christmas
Author: Jason F. Wright
Enjoyment Rating: **
Whitney Finalist
This book would be rated: PG

Charlee is nine when her family moves from their lovely home to a double-wide trailer in a town far away. Her parents fight, her brother has become distant, and she's a little lost in her new place. She soon meets Marva, the eightysomething woman who lives in the house on the edge of the trailer park, and they become fast friends, bonding over aprons with silly slogans and decorating for Christmas in October.

On Thanksgiving, when Charlee's family is eating with Marva, tragedy strikes. And then, a few weeks later, it strikes again. Pretty soon, no one knows if Charlee or Marva will be home to celebrate their favorite holiday, or if they will even be alive to celebrate.

This wasn't my favorite book. Although Wright does a nice job creating Charlee and Marva's characters, especially with the little quirks that made Marva memorable, the story itself was predictable and sappy. It has lots of people who adore it on Goodreads, though, and at least it was short!

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