Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol

Chip Crockett's Christmas CarolChip Crockett’s Christmas Carol by Elizabeth Hand

*Supports autism research*

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this book. It really is as simple as that. The writing is clean and the author did an excellent job portraying what it is like not only to be a single parent, but also to be the parent of an autistic child. If you are a fan of the feel good holiday story, this book will get you right in the chest, although in a bit different way.

This book is edgy and does have some swearing and some reality filled moments that most of the “Christmas stories” don’t tend to feature. I loved the 60’s culture and the music movement in this story and appreciated that the background for this tale was an eclectic mix of themes that made the author the talented writer that she is.

This is a relatively short book with a lot of things going for it. The end result is not obvious from the beginning nor even from the last third or so and the characters stood out as real people rather than two-dimensional or forced beings. The holiday feel intensifies as the story progresses and in the end, there was a reason for a couple of well-earned tears.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a bit different holiday story and one that they won’t soon forget. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher, Open Road Media.

You should feel good about purchasing this book for the holidays as it supports Autism research. Go on…you know you want to.

12 thoughts on “Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol”

  1. This sounds like an excellent read. This book is on my list and I should be getting to it shortly. Your review only adds to the anticipation that I already had towards reading this. I like feel good stories, but only if they are realistic. There is so much to recommend this book presented in your review – the 60’s feel and swearing being but two. I have always been fascinated by the 60’s. There is also the added bonus of it supporting such a laudable cause as autism research.


    1. Agreed. There were parts of this book that made me think of us. I laughed out loud more than once as I was relating these sections to our “Where the Hell did that place go” moments in downtown C.


      1. And now I am even more excited about this book. I am sure those places were there, we just were not paying enough attention to anything outside our (very) immediate (about a millimetre) surroundings.


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