Saturday, 13 December 2014

Review: How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas, by Fiona Gibson

Christmas in the country. What could be better? All you need is one country house, one gorgeous boyfriend and a liberal dusting of snow. Right?

That’s what Anna thinks and she can’t wait for the festivities to start. But then she meets her gorgeous boyfriend’s awful parents. And their drunk friends. And she starts to hear all about a certain ex-wife. Suddenly this doesn’t look like a very merry Christmas after all…

I really enjoyed this short story, but wanted it to be longer, following on into Christmas day and beyond. It was difficult not to instantly like Anna, the protagonist, with her New Look heels and memories of her previous rowdy Christmases with her flatmates... which made it all the more awkward for the reader, as she is introduced to her boyfriend's snooty parents, who clearly do not approve of her. As her Christmas Eve develops, things go from bad to worse as she misjudges every situation, and increasingly feels like being herself is definitely the wrong thing to do in the hopes of being accepted... The book is so short that it is difficult to avoid spoilers, but I am glad that Anna's decisions in the end did not involve her changing herself to get their approval. I do think that the ending was rushed in order to keep it as a short story, and with the creation of Anna's flatmates and friends there is definitely potential to continue the story in another book.

Highlights: Daisy, the Rudolph Jumper, and the Snowman
Low points: rushed ending

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