- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Aug. 17 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1516947479
- ISBN-13: 978-1516947478
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,503,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Christmas Kerril Paperback – Aug 17 2015
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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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This is a great book!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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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.
This book is so full of teen angst and high school drama that it totally took me back in time! Does he like me? Doesn’t he? Another boy has a girlfriend, yet seems to be throwing vibes Kerril’s way. Does she want him? He was her big crush for the longest time, so yes, she does. But what is the deal with his girlfriend? Why aren’t they ever together? Why don’t they seem to know very much about each other? And then there’s the shocking secret Kerril discovers that explains a lot, but only makes her feel worse. What will Kerril do with this knowledge? How will she get through this play, this tribute to everything she hates and keep her sanity intact? And which boy does she truly want to be with, and does he want her as well?
Kerril is a typical teenaged girl, going through all of the trials and tribulations of high school and young love. She absolutely hates everything about Christmas after her parent's bitter divorce. She refuses to celebrate in any way and everybody knows about this.
Her classmate, Adam, is ridiculed for his stuttering. So, when his creative writing project is chosen to be the Christmas play and he is chosen to play the male lead, it is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Kerril must face her "ghosts" and decide what she really wants to do and who she wants to become. I think that everybody can relate to her in some way since we have all had to make major decisions without really knowing what is the "right" thing to do.
Ms. Preisinger's narration really adds to this book. She definitely has the teenaged angst/whining down and it really comes across in this book.
I was given the opportunity to listen to this book by the publisher/narrator/author and chose to review it.