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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  37,251 ratings  ·  2,777 reviews
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve ba ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published 2004 by Arrow (first published 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
One of my favorite "Grisham" translations... Probably, because every Christmas I have the same idea/wish of skipping it! And being a child from a mixed marriage and having both Ortodox and Catholic Christmas does't help a thing! :) Same feeling goes for Easter :)
John
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Bonnie
What a way to end 2009: reading one of the worst books I've read this year, and I've read some real stinkers. Usually I have to at least contemplate giving one or two stars. I didn't even have to think about how many stars this deserves: one. Well, really zero, but that's not an option here.

Where to begin? First, I did not like a single character. The Kranks were aptly named. The father was surly and touchy and seemed annoyed by the entire world. The mother was weak and whiny. And the daughter
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Melissa
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Carol
I adore holiday books, especially those centered around Christmas, but this is one I wish I had skipped. At least it was short.

First of all, I didn’t like anybody through 7/8 of the book. Mr. Krank, is, well, a crank. His wife agrees with his skipping Christmas idea but still manages to lay all the blame on him. Their neighbors and friends are jerks. I would be jealous if someone I knew were taking a cruise for Christmas not angry. I do think the Kranks were going a little overboard though. I’d
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Phrynne
I was not much impressed by this book. I should have read the reviews more closely because lots of people seem to feel the same and worse! The story was weak, the characters unlikeable and there was really very little humour. For me it fell apart right from the basic premise that the Kranks were doing something unusual in going on holiday over Xmas. Really? Millions of people do it every year including me some years. And the neighbours were just awful. I suppose it was intended to be funny but I ...more
aleng
Truth be told, I've never read a John Grisham novel before this book. So this book made quite an impression. I know that his other books were obviously more serious that this one, but I really liked how this book turned out. Although how they celebrate Christmas here in the US is different than how we celebrate it back home, more or less, it's still the same, being with FAMILY and FRIENDS. And being grateful for the things that we have.
Christine
Delightful and different. I re-read this every year at Christmas time!
Kandice
There was nothing wrong with this book. My two stars are a reflection of my enjoyment (or lack thereof), not Grisham’s skill. I have always loved Grisham and remember anxiously awaiting his next release with almost the amount of anticipation I reserve for Stephen King or Colleen McCullough. That waned after the tenth book in a row written with the Grisham “David & Goliath” formula, so I remember the excitement that THIS book would be different. And it was. Careful what you wish for…
This had
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Stephan van der Linde
This is a fun read, but personal, I think it was frustrating. This because the main-character acts totally different then I would have.

Social-control at it's worst, grrrr anyhow, I can't stand it..

A family decides to skip christmas for a year to visit (Florida?). The neighbourhood which every year celebrates this with a certain tradition, can't stand the fact the family "just" not participate.

I caught myself getting mad, little by litte, how the people around intervene and show their disapprov
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Zachary
Dec 10, 2008 Zachary rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: human monsters
Shelves: 2008
An absolute horror-show of a book. The two worst people in the entire world decide to not celebrate Christmas for a year and their Nazi suburban beehive neighbors treat them like they're hosting a donkey show in the front window. There isn't a single character in this book who passes the basic test of decency. The couple lie to their daughter and treat her like a non-person. The husband is a hateful a-hole. The wife is shallow and defeated. The neighborhood men are bullies. The neighborhood wome ...more
Thomas
Skipping Christmas starts off with Luther and Nora Krank saying farewell at the airport to their daughter, Blair, as she departs to Peru to work for the Peace Corps. This is the first year she won't be celebrating Christmas with her family. Almost immediately afterward, Luther hatches a diabolical scheme - to skip celebrating Christmas altogether and depart on a cruise to the Caribbean instead, saving thousands of dollars in the process. At first Nora is reluctant but he persuades her and she fi ...more
Lynxie
This book starts off with a rather hefty dose of reality check about the Christmas period shopping binges we all partake in.

Set in an all-American town, in a street not unlike those you see in the kids Christmas movies, Skipping Christmas follows a couple through an interesting idea.

Luther and Nora Krank give up the turkey and all the trimmings, turn a blind eye to the street Christmas light competition and refuse to decorate their house, and, instead plan a get away to the Caribbean on a cruise
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Denise
Lame. Pointless. Pathetic. Unworthy.
Instead of Skipping Christmas, skip this book.

I barely enjoyed the movie and it was way better than the book. I read this ASSuming that the film was based on a funnier, better characterized, more in depth holiday story of a couple attempting and failing to skip Christmas. Wrong. That ASSumption made an ASS out of me and I'm hoping to spare you the same fate.

Every character was as unlikable as the next. The entire presumptuous town basically abused this couple
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Jessica
A light holiday read, this book actually makes me tear up at the end. (Ignore the horrifying movie, Christmas with the Kranks, which was loosely based on it.) This is the story of a rather unlikeable guy who, with his only daughter away for Christmas, convinces his wife that they will actually save money and enjoy the holiday more if they "skip" Christmas and go on a cruise instead. No donations, no decorations, no gifts, just a cruise. Of course, forces conspire against him, sometimes too over- ...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2008 Liz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Liz by: book club
I'm sad to say that the movie was better than the book. I didn't love the movie...
Adele
Since the Christmas season is close by I've decided to read a few Christams storys. this was one that I was a little afried to pick up. Since the thought of "Skipping Christmas" is a little crazy to me. But I found this book to be very amusing and heart warming.
The two main characters have decided that since thier daughter Blair is off to Lima Peru, that they wont get into the Christmas chaous this year and save not just a little but a whole lot of cash. No lights, no party, no presents...nothi
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Chana
I was just going to skip this book and send it on, but the fact that it is written by John Grisham, and it is "a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of" the "holiday tradition" made me change my mind. Anyway, it is a very quick read, couple of hours so I decided to read it.
I enjoyed it very much as it is quirky, snarky and laugh out loud funny. John Grisham is an accurate observer of, well everything he observes probably. In any case, he writes in an engaging and astute
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Emily
There seem to be a lot of haters when it comes to this book but I found it a fun, easy, and enjoyable read, the perfect book to breeze through during Christmas vacation.
I initially picked it up because I love the movie and was not disappointed as they are pretty similar. The Kranks remind me a lot of my own parents so it's very easy for me to see the humor in it.
Like many Christmas books you can't overthink it. But on a surface level it's fun and makes for a clever idea of pondering what it woul
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Kim
Dec 06, 2007 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Perdictable
Fast. Fun. Predictable.
I was actually thinking it wasn't such a bad idea. All the money spent on intangible things or things that are forgotten weeks later. Christmas has gotten way out of hand when we spend so much money on food that goes to "waist", gifts that probably aren't what people want most, clothes we won't wear again because we'll have to have new next year, even Christmas cards that we only sign our name so it's not like we're keeping up on the news. And if there is a newsletter, th
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Steve
1.5 stars. While the premise of this book was good, and I was enjoying thinking of doing the same thing as the main characters, it very quickly fell into pointless discussions that moved the plot along slowly, but never really accomplished anything. The chapters were small, taking up what was probably five minutes of story time, but felt like two weeks. The final twist, which wasn't so much a climax was rather predictable, and sadly, also handled very predictably. The slight twist in the resolut ...more
Marika Gillis
A long time ago I used to read John Grisham. A lot of John Grisham. I was definitely a fan of the courtroom drama written in his words. So, I thought this book might be a safe (and also easy) choice for book club.

Not so.

Unfortunately, this book was surprisingly terrible. It was so bad that it might just be the standard by which to judge all other terrible books. Underdeveloped, shallow characters, pointless diatribe, a complete lack of conviction, and a splash of random racism combine to make
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Veronica Camarena
I got this book from the libery because there is a movie to and yah i watch it but i aslso read the book and its not that much like the movie but i kept on reading because it got funny and i like funny think because i like to laught alot and i though i wasent going to finish it because i never finish a book but i did with this one.Her parents names nora and luther but i mostly like of the idea of skipping christmas anddoing the total opposite of christmas going somewhere hot insted of staying s ...more
Elyse
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Patrick
Well written, funny and a little dark.

Amazon.com Review
John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in
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Jess
This was a humorous, almost satirical look at the craziness of the holiday season. The antics that the Kranks get themselves into had me laughing out loud, and the twist towards the end of the novel had me gasping and thinking, "Oh, SNAP!" However, the middle of it dragged for me and had me wondering if we were ever going to get to the point. And the way that things worked out for the Kranks, while heartwarming and perfect for the season, seemed too abrupt and unbelievable, especially with how t ...more
Kenneth
**minor plot spoilers***

I was already familiar with the plotline, due to the hilarious Chris Columbus-produced "Christmas with the Kranks." What surprised me, both in good ways and bad, was how closely Grishams' original narrative had inborn, film-like pacing and situations, down to the cartoonish slapstick of Luther's near-death Frosty fiasco and Nora's embaressing bikini moment with the Minister. The book was written as one of those read-aloud-with-the-family-around-a-Christmas-fireplace types
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Nenette
Something different from John Grisham and I love it! I am not sure if it was the author's intention, but I see that he wanted to deliver subtle hints of a bigger lesson in an exaggerated and hilarious story of a couple trying to escape Christmas altogether, and their neighbors who frowned on their idea. The Kranks were almost successful in avoiding anything Christmas - lights and decor, gifts, parties, all the commercialism associated with it. In the end though, everyone showed that no matter wh ...more
Lori Henrich
Luther and Nora don't really feel like celebrating Christmas with their daughter Blair being so far away from home. When Luther figures out how much they spent on Christmas last year, he begins to persuade Nora that they should skip Christmas this year and go on a cruise. They aren't going to buy a tree or the anything else. Both begin to get flack from the neighbors and their friends. When Luther won't put Frosty on the roof they even get phone calls to "Free Frosty". Everything is going along ...more
Cameron
Pretty much exactly like the movie except for the title change. Also, I think the movie is a bit funnier. I probably would have enjoyed the book more had I not already seen the film twenty times. But it's an okay read.

OVERALL: 2.5 stars
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“Sounds awful."

"No, it's wonderful. And it's just for one year. Let's take a break. Blair's not here. she'll be back next year and we can jump back into the Christmas chaos, if that's what you want. Come on, Nora, please. We skip Christmas, save the money, and go splash in the Caribbean for ten days."

"How much will it cost?"

"Three thousand bucks."

"So we save money?"

"Absolutely."

"When do we leave?"

"High noon, Christmas Day."

They stared at each other for a long time.”
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“My children know nothing of Christmas. They have so little, and want so little, it makes me feel guilty for the mindless materialism of our culture.” 3 likes
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