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An Unacceptable Christmas


Loved it! 😍

A heartwarming story of a young girl's fight for the rights of Santas everywhere, this book will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

I'm going to start this review with a personal connection. When I was eight years old, I lost my grandfather, and at almost every chance, I wished for him to come back. Having Michael wish for his father (who is not dead in the book, but I still felt it in my heart) to return shook me to my core.

As for my initial reaction, I was nervous when the book was called a "political Christmas Carol", mainly because I live in America and after these past two weeks politics is the last thing I wanted to read about. However, while this book is about activism (even if it is in a comedic mindset), the overall politics in this book are very mild, so anyone who is nervous can breathe easy with this one.

An Unacceptable Christmas felt a lot like a holiday rom-com, where the main character's life falls apart and somehow gets pieced back together by the end. Despite feeling like we've heard the story before, I thought that the idea of having Santa be an outlawed figure was an interesting take on a common theme. I also liked the idea of the main character, who is not an adult and commonly disenfranchised, being the person who's stepping away from those beliefs to fight against the government. As a relatively young person, it can feel like your opinion doesn't matter, so it is really cool to see someone who is in a similar position prove their worth.

The book finished at what I believe is a cliffhanger. While I won't go into more specifics for this review, I really hope that there will be more to this story. However, this book also features a song (also written by the author), and the music video for that song is on his author's website. And while I'm not here to review his music, the song is, as the kids would say, a bop.

I'm going to give this book 4 stars out of 5, and I definitely can see this book becoming a comfort novel for me in the future. I think that the overall pacing of the book could have been a little better (it felt like it was over way too early), but this is a solid novel that I think everyone would enjoy!

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About the author

Bruce Edwards is a former feature film animator and screenwriter. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. But his true passion lies in exploring the peculiarities in human behavior through imaginative storytelling. view profile

Published on October 01, 2020

Published by Lambert Hill

50000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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