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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 November 6th 2004 by Arrow (first published November 6th 2001)
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Sarampionn I agree with them. The story is comical, and maybe it is a good choice to remember the truly meaning of Christmas.

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Darth J
Dec 01, 2015 Darth J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is simple enough: the only child of a family won't be home for Christmas, so the parents decide to treat themselves to a cruise instead of dealing with all the drama that comes along with the holiday and then the neighbors get super angry at them!!!!!



This part got my hackles raised. I'm not a fan of people being in my business or giving me unsolicited opinions or advice about things that don't concern them. I've gotten pretty good at going dead-eyed and giving a terse "No." to pushy pe
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Tea Jovanović
Nov 28, 2016 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Becky
I am not very traditional. When we were kids, we decorated, because it was fun for my parents to see us excited about the holiday - but we never really did the Perfect Christmas thing as, apparently, people do. Last year, we went to Asian Cafe and had sushi, and the year before that we did Rainbow Trout for dinner. (I imagine that my mom will start getting festive now, and decorating her house and going all out for the holiday because my nephew is getting to the age where he'll get excited about ...more
John
Dec 21, 2008 John rated it did not like it
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Bonnie
Dec 26, 2009 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: schlock
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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Matt
Dec 23, 2016 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
"Who would ever dream that two otherwise sensible adults would skip Christmas and go on a cruise?"

It is a question posed by an idiot. The idiot in question being Nora Krank, who learned too late the awful price to be paid for not strictly conforming to your neighbors’ Christmastide expectations.

One is tempted to treat the question as the rhetorical device of an imbecile. And yet, the temptation to answer is overwhelming, if only because the answer is so obvious to everyone except the people inh
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Carol
Aug 09, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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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Melissa
Dec 29, 2008 Melissa rated it did not like it
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Zachary
Dec 10, 2008 Zachary rated it did not like it  ·  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
Phrynne
Dec 06, 2014 Phrynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2013 aleng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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.
Kristie
Dec 12, 2015 Kristie rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, holiday, audible
I thought this book had a few funny parts, but I was also bored at times. Nothing really happened that you didn't expect. It was just an ok Christmas tale. I think if I could I would give it two and a half stars. In the Christmas spirit, I will push it up to three.
Christine
Dec 03, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Delightful and different. I re-read this every year at Christmas time!
Thomas
Dec 27, 2009 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
Denise
Dec 16, 2011 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Stephan van der Linde
May 12, 2011 Stephan van der Linde rated it really liked it
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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Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 04, 2015 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
I read this slight Christmas story as an unabridged audiobook in the balmy month of June. I must say that reading this in the summer did not make me all gushy and wistful for the hectic Christmas season which I suppose is the point of this book.

Luther Krank is quite disgusted by the commercialism of Christmas and the thousands of dollars he wastes every year on the season. This year, since his daughter is out of the country, he decides to skip it altogether and spend the holiday with his wife on
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Kandice
Dec 20, 2014 Kandice rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1412-challenge
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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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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Jessica
Dec 11, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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
Marika Gillis
Nov 28, 2014 Marika Gillis rated it did not like it
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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Jimmy
Jan 05, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I had to read this for my book club group. I didn't pick it. Swear to God. Now my reading image on Goodreads is shattered.
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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Bonnie
This is one of my most favorite books... ever. I read this novel before I watched the movie and being a John Grisham fan I was expecting something very different - but was not disappointed in the least bit. This novel had me laughing so hard and so consistently. This is a must read for anyone who loves to laugh, trust me, it does not disappoint. :)
☣Lynn☣
Eh, the movie is better. Ya I said it. The movie was hilarious and this book wasn't as funny as Christmas with the Kranks. Still a decent story though.
Liz
Jan 09, 2008 Liz rated it did not like it
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...
Jason
Dec 20, 2016 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Unbelievable Christmas Comedy?
Recommended to Jason by: Christmas with the Kranks movie
Shelves: christmas, 2014
2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

I don't know. This is Grisham's second chance for me (the first being The Client), and I'm still unimpressed. I have the same gripes as I did with The Client as far as writing style goes, so just click the link above for that review for more specific details. Mostly it was the 2-D characters. Something that has improved, though, is that the narrative wasn't as disjointed, and it was easier to follow when he switched points of view all of a sudden.

I think the movie Chris
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Rosie
Sep 14, 2016 Rosie rated it liked it
** 3,5 Estrelas **

John Grisham é um escritor do qual gosto bastante, no entanto este é um livro com um registo bem diferente. Lê-se de uma penada. Dei por mim a rir-me à gargalhada (verdade!) com situações muito caricatas. Mas mais do que isso, descreve com mestria como tantas vezes somos impulsionados em manter as aparências, tornando-nos escravos da imagem que construímos de nós próprios. Ser verdadeiro é afinal um desafio maior do que se pensa. Demonstra, igualmente, o valor da amizade genuín
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Judy Collins
If you have seen Christmas with the Kranks (2004) starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Gonzalo, René Lavan, and Dan Aykroyd, you almost forget the movie is based on John Grishman’s book, SKIPPING CHRISTMAS.

I have seen the movie several times over the years, and needed a fun audiobook with a day of working and website updates. Grisham provides plenty of entertaining fun, wit, and humor.

Basically, their only daughter is going away for Christmas, so the parents decide they will boycott Chr
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Adele
Dec 11, 2008 Adele rated it really liked it
Shelves: q22008
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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“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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