Deeply Heartwarming and Relatable Story
Posted June 16, 2010
By JJFrancesco_NRT, Staff Reviewer
I never was much of a fan of novels until I read this book in 24 hours from Christmas Day to the next morning. It is not a book that will shock you with mind-blowing twists and turns every page, and it isn't something that will likely be considered "unpredictable."
What it is, however, is a great character study, and that makes it worth it. As wicked as the main protagonist gets, and as unlikable as he can be, we can understand his pain and we want good things to happen to him. We can easily see the dark parts of ourselves in young Eddie.
The story also takes us back to the childlike memories of Christmases past. While the book often does go off in tangents, it's still enjoyable and the sometimes disjointed narrative almost helps to make it seem more genuine.
It won't reinvent the Christmas story wheel, but it is a good story to read at Christmastime, one you can feel safe reading with older children as the objectionable content is limited only to the angry outbursts of the main protagonist, and some dark themes that younger children might find too intense.
The story's ultimate themes of redemption make it very likable. It's definitely a story I've love to see made into a TV movie. Pick it up and sit back. It's not a long read and it's easy to get pulled into the world of the pages. Beck may be a political commentator, but he also obviously has a knack for getting inside the human mind as well, even the mind of a broken and lonely child.
So yeah, pick this one up. I can't recommend it enough.
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