Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas: A Novel


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.


Much ashamed to admit, this was the first John Grisham’s book that I read.
Although he is undeniably a super-famous author renowned for well-thought out plots, I had never read his book up to that point. I remember I got to know this book through a friend of mine whom I really look up to.

First and foremost, I found the character descriptions were just superb. They are cunning, astute, obdurate and insidious. They are all bound and determined to outflank each other, it was like the Krank against the rest of the neighborhood. So hilarious!
As opposed to Nora being a bit hesitant about completely ignoring Christmas, Luther is fully bent on avoiding it and he actually does everything in his power to do so.

Despite all that, look at how things eventually turn out!
After all the upheavals stemming from the constant cat and mouth schemes to avoid/engage in Christmas, the twist comes in the end, once again, cracked me up.
Let’s just say John Grisham’s finesse in writing is displayed to the fullest. His carefully and masterfully woven sentences exude his wicked, a bit sarcastic sense of humor, I’ll bet this book makes you giggle.

If I were to pick up one thing that I was not completely satisfied with, it would be how the book concludes. I thought it could have been expanded a teeny bit more, it somehow came across slightly anticlimactic.

That said, it wouldn’t change the fact it’s a hilarious, fun read.
I highly recommend this as an entertaining Holiday read when you are in the mood for a bit of a twist 😛