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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

lighthearted entertaining reprint

After celebrating Christmas for years with their daughter, Luther and Nora Krank decide a holiday change is what they ought to do while their offspring is serving in South America with the Peace Corps. Neither of the Kranks particularly enjoys the holidays due to crass...
After celebrating Christmas for years with their daughter, Luther and Nora Krank decide a holiday change is what they ought to do while their offspring is serving in South America with the Peace Corps. Neither of the Kranks particularly enjoys the holidays due to crassness and the frenzies of late shopping amidst a horde. They agree to Skipping Christmas this year by going on ten day cruise with the money they didn't spend on the holiday.

They ignore charities and their neighbors who insist the lights and Frosty must go up. This year, they will be dining on a luxury ship rather than hosting a gala as they have done for years. However, the Kranks are about to learn an American lesson when it comes to Skipping Christmas as plans of mice and bah humbugs often go astray in late December.

This is a lighthearted entertaining reprint of John Grisham's satirizing a capitalist Christmas. The story line is fun, but not anywhere near the excitement of the author's legal thrillers. Still with a eggnog nod to It's A Wonderful Life, fans who enjoy a warm holiday stocking yarn will want to learn how hard it is to simply skip Christmas.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 17, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Skipping Christmas

This is the 3rd year I've read this book and I'm still not tired of it. Skipping Christmas is a light, quick read that always reaffirms my love for the holiday and reminds me not to take it too seriously.


Now normally I don't read this book and come away with and m...
This is the 3rd year I've read this book and I'm still not tired of it. Skipping Christmas is a light, quick read that always reaffirms my love for the holiday and reminds me not to take it too seriously.


Now normally I don't read this book and come away with and moral questions about the meaning of Christmas and I'm still not doing that, but one question that does come to mind is, would a family who makes this decision really get ridiculed by their friends and neighbors this much? Now I live in the city, not the suburbs, and I'm almost positive that a family going on a cruise for Christmas would be envied not looked down upon. Maybe it's different in the suburbs or small towns. Maybe the neighbors there really would harasses and condemn someone wanting to take it easy a particular year. I hope that's not the case but I could easily see it happening.


As much as I love the book I still haven't seen the movie version, Christmas With the Kranks, and probably will not any time soon. While I love Jaime Lee Curtis, Tim Allen is not one of my favorites and I tend to get annoyed when I see him on screen. There are a lot of you out there that love this movie though and I'm sure I would as well if someone else were in it.

posted by Ryan_G on December 15, 2009

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    I thought this story had some possibilities but did not finish i

    I thought this story had some possibilities but did not finish it when the plot took a U-turn and went against all that they were trying to do in the first place. I did find the beginning fun when they want to skip all of the celebration. I find myself feeling that we spend too much money and hype on something that should be more felt and shown through actions not display. I lost it though when they blames each other for problems that arise and how they made a turn about and decided to celebrate anyway. I lost it then and quit reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Yuck

    Save your $$$$ a very predictable story with lame humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Hokey

    I thought this book was very hokey i didnt like it very much

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    a housewife's review

    John Grisham is definitely out of his element in this hard-to-swallow Christmas tale. The actions and reactions of the characters weren't very realistic and made little sense. And the ending was too predictable and sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    VERY DISAPPOINTING LAST HALF!!!

    I guess you just have to call me the grinch on this one...I really liked it until the last 1/4 of the book....so unrealistic...my parents would not give up their trip and lie to me last minute...and I doubt anyone else would do this either....I really expected more...oh well...other people seem to like it so i guess if you enjoy cheesy books go for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    A CHANCE TO SKIP CHRISTMAS

    THIS HAS TO BE JOHN GRISHAM GRASPING AT STRAWS OR LOOSING HIS TOUCH ON SUCH A CORNEY STORY ABOUT 2 PEOPLE HAVING CHRISTMAS ALONE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME...IT WAS VERY LAME FOR A MAN OF HIS WRITTING ABILITY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    skipping christmas: skipping humor

    Grisham is a wonderful writer but not when it comes to humor. This book had a lot of potential but didn't go anywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001

    I miss the trials and everything regarding the law.

    Unfortunately, I didn't like it too much. I miss the thrillers with the law involved in every page and the trials. I loved all his books until he wrote 'A painted house'.

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