A Christmas Kerril

A Christmas Kerril

by Denise Jaden


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ISBN-13: 9781516947478
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2015
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Denise Jaden's novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007 and she loves talking with writers and students alike about her Just-Get-To-The-End fast-drafting process. Jaden's other young adult novels include Never Enough (Simon & Schuster) and Foreign Exchange (an Editor's Pick from Evernight Teen). Her non-fiction books for writers include, Writing With A Heavy Heart and Fast Fiction. In her spare time, she home-schools her son (who is also a fast drafter of fiction) and dances with a Polynesian dance troupe. Find out more at Denisejaden.com.

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A Christmas Kerril 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Kerril hates Christmas. The lights, the decorations, the presents. There is very little about the season that Kerril finds pleasing. After her father left them (at Christmas), Kerril and her mother made a pact to disregard anything associated with Christmas. So, when Kerril is steamrolled into playing the lead character in the school holiday production of the student rewrite of the famous A Christmas Carol, now named A Christmas Kerril, she really doesn’t know what to do. Her cast mates include a snarky, brooding girl who is known for being a bully and is addicted to her phone, and a stuttering co-star who happened to write the play. Adam Dominy cannot seem to get it together without Kerril at his side, but he is more interested in a possible love interest with her best friend’s other best friend’s boyfriend. A Christmas Kerril is, as the sub title says, a sweet romance young adult retelling of the Dickens classic. It is the perfect holiday story that incorporates teenage angst, internal unrest, and the eternal struggle of decision-making that plagues every young person at one time or another. Author Denise Jaden clearly knows her audience and is familiar with the trials and tribulations of the teenage mind. Realistic dialogue and detailed narrative propel this read to the top of the class. With the story being set in a private school, one would assume an elevated social status of the student population, yet Jaden presents both sides of the economic scale by including the characters who do not fit the upper class mold, such as those who struggle financially to maintain their roles as elite members of the private school population. While the story is basically a fun read, I appreciated this underlying theme of diversity.
17939996 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, refreshing and unique story using the outline of an old Christmas classic "A Christmas Carol" The story is well written with compelling characters. Many of todays real issues are included in the story divorce, speech impediments, normal high school drama, secrets, friendships. It was a great story to read. I recommend as a nice Christmas story.
MissLewingtonKatie More than 1 year ago
This is highly engaging and I would recommend this for a teenager or young adult. I’m already enthused about the possibilities. There is a love triangle, warring parents, a teacher that lives across the street and the only person I don’t like is Kerril, our leading lady. She seems dense and I already feel sorry for Adam. My overall impression on finishing this is I feel like it was handing me information. Baking was important to Kerril but in the book it is only mentioned a few times and bears no real significance on it. The two boys, Perry and Adam, felt used mechanically in the way she went after one boy, ended that and then focused on the continued development with the other boy. Same issue with the parents and the overblown narrative and back story that really had no impact. Kerril hasn’t changed throughout this. There are obstacles, they are moved on from and that’s that. I like to feel like a character has actually changed after reading a book. And I feel for Kerril there was only one instance of that happening. It is almost like this was a checklist of YA fiction clichés that were being ticked off one at a time. Despite that I like this, the style of writing, the pace, the sheer readability, the reworking of The Christmas Carol through her dreams, the relationship with Perry -I felt her lust and frustration and doubt and dilemma. Maybe it’s me but I like a complex love triangle and that, for me, was the best part of this. The interaction between Perry and Kerril, is he an @sshole or a genuinely nice guy and is she going to do the right thing and stay clear of him? The scene in the nursery with the children and Perry is a fantastic light relief part. I like that I didn’t know which boy she was going to end up with. I still don’t feel invested in Kerril by the end of this, she seems just like a vehicle to navigate the chapters. This has many ideas, not all fully explored, that there is more than enough loose threads and characters for a sequel.
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
A little bit "It's a Wonderful Life" with "A Christmas Carol" and a healthy dose of modern teen drama...that's the interesting concoction you get in this wintry snow globe of a book. Our leading lady Kerril has an unusual gift (curse?). She has lucid dreams. Curious what that is? According to Google and Wikipedia, it is defined as "any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming". In Kerril's case, it means she can also manipulate them to her whim and explore things her subconscious picked up while her conscious mind was wandering away. Pretty cool, right? Umm, I'll take a pass on them if it's all the same to you. Where this "talent" comes into play here is not exactly a pleasant experience, for it seems to lock our girl into reliving her families less-than-finer-moments, i.e. Christmas time three years ago. The tragedy and upset left Kerril despising the season and stepping right into the role of a modern teen Scrooge-ette. In our modern times, we have the right to express ourselves our love or lack thereof of the holidays how we see fit...she would rather they pass and leave her alone. Or does she? So much is happening and she's about to be put centerstage to it all...literally, and whether she likes it or not. Kerril, Kerril, our little Christmas Kerril. You and I had a love/hate relationship throughout the story. Your Scrooge-y side was in full swing about haldway through, so much so that I almost smacked you upside the head through the pages. I appreciated your candor when it was allowed breathing room (page 151, the quote about Christmas in retail....DEAD ON!), but your wishy-washy decision making skills need a rest. It's your choice, your LIFE, and you have to live with whatever consequences you set into motion. After all was said and done though, I'd still call you friend. Now Adam I found truly mesmerizing. He's not a character that usually gets the spotlight as more than a sidekick or passing fancy. Here, he gets a pretty big starring role both in the story and the play. I loved the way he was depicted, the challenges he faced and how it was handled. His stutter wasn't danced around, but faced head on....for better and worse. Were kids mean to him? You bet. Were the parents less than helpful in building his confidence? Definitely....and as harsh and evil as that all sounds, it felt real. Again, a sad point for sure....we should be beyond things like that in today's world, but not everyone is and the way Kerril (and friends) interacted with him, helping, and guiding, was refreshing. In conclusion, Kerril is definitely no George Bailey, especially with her face plant in the snow, but she comes through like a true Christmas angel who just scored her wings (*rings bell*). The road was tough, littered with wrong choices, regrets, and worries, but with a little help from past, present, and future (and a pretty cute dream-guy), she just might see the beauty of the season and wish YOU a merry holiday. Recommended read for teens through adults. **review copy received in exchange for my honest review, full post can be seen on my site**
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the summary--a modern day teen story, loosely based on A Christmas Carol? Interesting... Kerril is a girl who seems to have it all. She attends a prestigious private school, has a big house, and is well-liked. A few years earlier, her parents had a big blow up at a Christmas party, which led to a nasty divorce and since then, Kerril hates Christmas and anything to do with it. I could understand how hurt and embarrassed she was, but she holds on to the pain for too long and comes across as very shallow and selfish. When she is thrown into a school play, as a lead, she is forced to act with a school pariah. I loved seeing the moments of kindness that cropped up because of this, but the negative traits far outweighed the positive for most of the story. I loved the lessons learned and the lucid dreaming to realize some of these key lessons is a fun twist. I loved the growing and maturing. I loved the variety of characters. I also loved things toward the end, but felt a few things were left unresolved. I found myself disappointed in Kerril many times and along with that, I was disappointed in the adult figures in her life. I know it's a good story when so many emotions are evoked. I think readers who enjoy A Christmas Carol with a little spice will like this modern take. Content: moderate language; no violence or religious elements; moderate romantic elements (cheating, kissing, making out, talk of taking things further with no details). *I received a copy from ebooks for review in exchange for an honest review*
GHott More than 1 year ago
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. More… 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
momisreading More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Kerril is a great, young adult book inspired by the original story by Charles Dickens. Kerril hates Christmas! Bad memories of her parent’s fights at Christmas have brought her to the point where she doesn’t celebrate it at all. Then she walks into her creative writing class, and finds out that the winning play, the one they will put on before Christmas, is called A Christmas Kerril. And she is cast as the lead. She will be acting opposite Adam, the author of the play, who stutters. It feels like a punishment. Now she is forced into something that deals with Christmas. The characters in the book are written so well. Kerril is a real teenager. She struggles with friends, with parents, with guys, with trying to figure out who she really is. She makes mistakes and feels the pain of knowing she’s done wrong. She comes to know what really matters. I admired Kerril. She has a good, kind spirit, and wants to help others, even if she doesn’t always act that way. Like I said, she’s a real teenager. Adam appears shy, but has so much courage and strength within him. I was really routing for him! I would love to learn more about the side characters and their lives. Sequel?? I would welcome one! This is a great book! You will want to shake some sense into Kerril sometimes, but you will love watching her find herself. There is some swearing in the book, mostly in the first half. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.