Today’s First Line Friday is one I read many years ago when it was first published. This was way back on November 6, 2001. I loved the cover and remember enjoying the book! It’s a quick read at just 177 pages! Then there was a very loose adaption of the book made into a film called Christmas with the Kranks in 2004 which stared Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken.
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, 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 Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
I’m going to do my best to keep this month’s First Line Friday Christmas related! This week’s selection is from Lauren over at As the Page Turns Reviews! Thanks so much Lauren!
‘You need to have eyes in the back of your head with that one Louise Young. You mark my words.’
Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she’s grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can’t keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn’t have time for is romance – until she meets the company’s rising star, Josh Wallace.
Louise usually says no to evenings out but she’s decided to let her hair down tonight. It’s the office Christmas party, she has a pretty dress to wear and she’s looking forward to some champagne and fun. She’s completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party – until she’s pulled into those games herself . . .
Romance is in the air and secrets are about to be uncovered. It’s going to be a night to remember at The Christmas Party.[Top]
This week’s First Line Friday is on Saturday. I don’t like to blog more than once a day and yesterday I was part of a blog tour, so First Line Friday moved to today. This is week #46 of First Line Friday! This is another selection where I have opted to share more then the first line. This is a short novel and one I NEED to read. This looks to be a novel that you will go on a roller coaster of emotions as you experience this journey.
The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Please see Patrick Ness’ Author’s Note from the novel:
There is also a movie that I hope to see. Please watch the trailer: