Ill Be Home for Christmas: A Novel


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However I did find it enjoyable. Enough while I waited in the doctor's office. I thought it was a good heart warming story of a child's return after running away. I think this could be the outline of a great longer story, maybe a novella in the future. Instead I got an enjoyable short story about forgiveness and family--a very Christmas story.

Dec 25, Nikki Lajoy mommy and the books rated it liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this novella, I just wish it was a little longer. This was a great Christmas story that is basically centered around love and forgiveness. Zane is a great story teller and I hope she writes a full length book with these same characters in it. As I was reading I was thinking of just how easy it is to make a mistake and come back to the very place for love and support and forgiveness.

For Noelle she did just that, I was happy to see that. Because that is what is needed. Great story I'm looking to read more from zane in the new year. Dec 04, Kelli Santistevan rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this story. This is a really short story, however it contains so much emotion in it, that it will make you cry!! Can one be forgiven for the hurt he or she has caused? This was a short story of Noelle on how she returned home after thirteen years of disappearance. She was back to ask for forgiveness and to let her family know how much she loved them.

This was not a joyous Christmas tale, but it was still uplifting with the message it had. I was saddened to read about Noelle's past and how her actions affected her loved ones. I found myself praying that her father and sister would forgive her and simply ac Can one be forgiven for the hurt he or she has caused? I found myself praying that her father and sister would forgive her and simply accept her back into their lives.

I wished the story was more developed because I connected with all of the characters. Though the resolution was a bit rushed, I still liked the message it entailed: This was a bittersweet short story. Jan 13, Tash rated it it was ok Shelves: I knew it said 'an eshort story' but I didn't think it was super-duper short to where I was finished in 15 min, smh!

Noelle returns home Christmas day after running away 13 years ago. Now that she's return, she isn't sure if being back was a good idea or not and if the family she left would still be there. Within my 15 minutes of reading, I was able to find out why Noelle left home and what has brought her back and whether or not her family welcomed her home This I knew it said 'an eshort story' but I didn't think it was super-duper short to where I was finished in 15 min, smh! This was really too short to rate. But I will say its wasn't bad nor was it great, just simply 'meh'.

Feb 08, Cintia Aleixo rated it liked it. I loved this book. Going in I knew this was short so that wasn't the issue. This seems like just a chapter from a longer story so it is throughly incomplete. I am happy this was a freebie because I would have been really upset if I paid money for this.

Oct 16, Amanda Lee rated it it was amazing. Good but too short I liked the short story but wished it was more. The story could have been in a little more details. Aug 23, Mercedes rated it really liked it Shelves: Very cute short story. Forgiveness is the key. Sep 11, Alice Streets rated it it was amazing.


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A Sweet Second Chance If get a chance for a second chance whatever it maybe take it because you never know what will happen. Dec 17, Robert White rated it really liked it. Cute short story Good short story I felt it shouldn't have taken Reno for one to come back home. This book was about forgiveness do love that always room for improvement.

Jun 08, Marsha rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Zane is an adorable short story. I would have read the book Feb 14, Alonzo rated it did not like it. Good book Good read very entertaining. Refreshing book for your teen to read not full of violence and adult entertainment. I can recommend to my niece. Jul 05, Sheryl Reed rated it liked it.

OK Story was okay, but I would have like a little more depth of the characters. Overall, it was an okay read. Jun 10, Clarissa Owens rated it it was amazing. A very unique short story from others I've read but nonetheless, a very intriguing one! Aug 06, Nicola rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll Be Home for Christmas is a collection of stories by top YA authors each exploring the theme of "home" at Christmas and what that means for different people.

For some people it's being with family at a special time of year but many others aren't as lucky as to have that stability and feeling of comfort. This is particularly the case for those who are homeless and Stripes have teamed up with the charity Crisis in this collaboration to raise awareness of the hardships young people are facing. I thought this was a really strong collection of stories and I thoroughly enjoyed the different representations of "home". I like that each author has interpreted the theme in a different way resulting in a really varied and diverse set of stories and characters.

The exploration of the different kinds of family from divorced parents to being in foster care, relationships and "coming out", being a refugee in a new country, friendships and homelessness were all treated with equal care and sensitivity by the authors. There are some lighter moments among the darker ones and a range of genres which really help make this a wonderful mix of stories with something for everyone. I'll Be Home For Christmas boasts a top list of authors with some truly stand-out stories, and for a lovely festive feel alongside helping a great cause, I highly recommend adding this to your Christmas reading list.

I can't wait to buy my own physical copy it has red sprayed edges, people! For more information on Crisis visit www. Jan 07, Hilary rated it it was ok Recommended to Hilary by: Found on library recommended shelf. This book has an attractive cover and I like the way the edges of the pages are red. I like the idea of the stories being all about home, family or lack of it and christmas, and I love the fact that money raised from the book goes to crisis, but I didn't enjoy the stories and I didn't enjoy the way they were written.

Lots of people seemed to like this though. Dec 12, Fleurine rated it really liked it. Dit boek is echt geweldig voor iedereen. Sommige verhalen waren hartverscheurend, andere grappig, interessant en sommige waren het net niet voor mij.

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Maar voor iedereen zit er wat tofs bij en zeker het laatste verhaal van Lisa Williamson was erg mooi. Feb 21, Lucy rated it really liked it Shelves: Fourteen British YA authors share their stories on the theme of home at Christmastime in this anthology to raise money for Crisis, the national homelessness charity. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I genuinely enjoyed ever Fourteen British YA authors share their stories on the theme of home at Christmastime in this anthology to raise money for Crisis, the national homelessness charity.

Christmas might have been and gone, but only a few pages into this anthology, and I felt myself swept up in holiday nostalgia. Sep 28, Claire Book Blog Bird rated it really liked it. Apart from anything else, it was really interesting to see how different people interpret the word. The stories were very British in feel, which was quite nice. I read a lot of books by American authors, which are great and everything, but it was really good to see homegrown talent being highlighted.

And the thing I liked best? Not all the stories had a happy ending. In fact, some of them were worrying and sad. So, here are the short stories featured and my brief thoughts: Benjamin Zephaniah — Home and Away. This was kind of sad and thoughtful.

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Marcus Sedgwick — If Only in my Dreams. Completely creeped me out! In a good way. Cat Clarke — Family You Choose. Some friends and I used to do this on Boxing Day. Kevin Brooks — The Associates.

Holly Bourne — The Afterschool Club. Killer ending to a great story.

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Juno Dawson — Homo for Christmas. This one had me welling up. Such an adorable love story and a happy ending. Sita Brahmachari — Amir and George. Relevant and so, so sad. Tracy Darnton — The Letter.

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This was brilliant - a well-deserved winner - and such a sad ending. Tom Becker — Claws. Good, but really gave me the shivers. Katy Cannon — Christmas, Take Two. This was kind of sad and sweet - I was glad of a happy ending after the last three stories I love Melvin Burgess and this was a fantastic near-future dystopian. Julie Mayhew — The Bluebird. Lisa Williamson — Routes and Wings. To find out more about the awesome work Crisis does, go to www.

Many thanks to Stripes Publishing and Netgalley. Dec 27, Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa rated it really liked it. A really cute short story collection! Dec 20, Kate infinitelynovel rated it really liked it Shelves: This was such a lovely collection of works by some of UKYA's best authors.

While some of the stories were utterly heartbreaking, others were beautifully uplifting and filled me with so much joy! I'll Be Home for Christmas is, in my opinion, a perfect read for the holiday season. Nov 28, Kirsty rated it liked it Shelves: I'm not a massive fan of anthologies as such but I picked this up because some of my favourite ukya authors are featured in it and that meant I couldn't turn it down.

Dec 31, Sarah rated it really liked it. Some of the stories I liked more than others but some e. Sep 18, Maia Moore rated it really liked it. The book is made up of short stories by some of the top UKYA authors, plus a competition winning entry. Benjamin Zephaniah — Home and Away Poem made me very nostalgic at first, then sad. I wish I could revisit some of my old houses.

I kind of wanted it to be longer, was very intrigued. Sita Brahmachari — Amir and George That was painfully sad. A real punch in the gut. Very topical at the moment too. Tracy Darnton — The Letter I can see why that was the winner. Look forward to seeing more from her. Tom Becker — Claws Awesome little Christmas horror. A favourite so far. Lovely to see more writing from Lisa Williamson. This will be a perfect Christmas present, or great to read in the run up to Christmas too, to get you all excited.

Dec 12, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: I specifically left this book till December to get me into the Christmas spirit. I loved that this book has several genres including science fiction, Horror and Contemporary with such diverse characters.

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We have refugees, race and sexuality being explored and there w I specifically left this book till December to get me into the Christmas spirit. We have refugees, race and sexuality being explored and there was something for everyone to enjoy. I obviously had my favourites in this book and it was surprising that it was the horror, it was so intense and atmospheric and definitely got my pulse racing and that was Claws by Thomas Becker.

There was not one story that I disliked in this book and after each story was finished I was left wanting more. I will definitely be purchasing my own copy of this book. This book is heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time and definitely recommend reading. Stripes teamed up with the charity Crises for this book to raise awareness of the hardships young people are facing today.

Dec 28, Jess rated it really liked it. You could take it slowly, reading maybe one story or poem a day, in which case the book would last two weeks. You could read at random, picking a story because the title jumps out at you, or opening the book anywhere and reading that story. Have fun with it! You could also play a game while reading of not looking at the author of the story and trying to guess who wrote it based on the genre and style of writing. Dec 21, ida rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read quite a few collections of shorts on the theme of Christmas over the years and this has got to be my favorite collection of them all.

It has some cute and happy and romance, of course, but it also has a touch or, to be quite honest, more than a touch of darkness that I so desperately crave in everything I read. This book shows that life isn't so easy, showing among other topics, what Christmas as a refugee this story really stayed with me , Note: This book shows that life isn't so easy, showing among other topics, what Christmas as a refugee this story really stayed with me , Christmas with an abusive dad, Christmas as a homeless person and Christmas in an impoverished household is like.

This, mixed with more happy and one downright weird story themes makes this such a perfect holiday read. Not to be crass but I think this is due to this being a U. This was a bit of a mixed bag of treats of course, it being a collection of shorts but my fave stories were: The only one I didn't care too much for was 'Claws'. Dec 14, Emily rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this short story collection, although i have little to compare it to as its the first short story collection i have read this year!

The short story followed a girl who worked in a sandwich shop but had to ride the night buses across London at night because she was homeless. I also liked the the I really enjoyed this short story collection, although i have little to compare it to as its the first short story collection i have read this year! I also liked the the Afterschool Club by Holly Bourne, and Ghosts of christmas past by Nonn Pratt - this was about a boy who made friends with a girl at a party and goes home with her and it turns out to be his old house. I think the cover is lovely: Oct 02, Bev rated it it was amazing.

This wonderful anthology features top names in YA and is an enjoyable, if sometimes uncomfortable, read. The book will help raise money for Crisis at Christmas and the stories are all on the theme of 'home'. The very word conjures up feelings of cosines and comfort but not everyone's home is like this of course and the stories give very different viewpoints. I feel very grateful to have been able to read this snuggled up under a blanket whilst cooking a family roast dinner and it hurts my heart This wonderful anthology features top names in YA and is an enjoyable, if sometimes uncomfortable, read.

I feel very grateful to have been able to read this snuggled up under a blanket whilst cooking a family roast dinner and it hurts my heart to think that there are young people living in circumstances similar to those described by the fantastic authors featured. Every story is a gem and this book deserves a place on every reader's wish list. Dec 16, Sarah rated it really liked it. I honestly loved this so much. Some stories I liked a lot more than others obviously 'Family you choose' by Cat Clark, 'Amir and George' by Sita Brahmachari and 'Routes and Wings' by Lisa Williamson were my faves but overall definitely recommend the whole book, especial I honestly loved this so much.

Oct 10, Ross Duffy rated it liked it. I liked many stories and others didn't appeal to me! My favourite by far was Routes and Wings by Lisa Williamson. Dec 03, Lily 18 rated it it was ok. I thought I'd review each individual story and then give my overall perceptions of this book! Home and Away by Benjamin Zephaniah - 2.

Ghost of Christmas Past by Non Pratt - 3. It's about a boy who has mov [This review contains some spoilers] This book is difficult to review because, as I'm sure you know, it's split into twelve different stories. It's about a boy who has moved out of his house and is trying to adjust to Christmas in his new house. When he goes round his sort-of-girlfriend's new house it turns out to be his old house. It turns out to be a sweet story about nostalgia and certainly fit the theme of home.

Family You Choose by Cat Clarke - 2. However it was problematic as we were never told how the girl came to meet these people and why she decided to go to them for Christmas when they're practically strangers. Did they just take her in from the street? Did she knock on a stranger's door and hope they'd invite her in? It was never explained. Again, hardly Christmassy at all! I found the characterisation poor and hated the constant use of swear words and colloquial language. Not at all Christmassy either. Amir and George by Sita Brahmachari - 3. The topic was upsetting but did not hide away from the truth.

The only thing I would have liked to see is the addition of Christmas themes as this is supposed to be a festive book. Also, a very dissatisfying ending. Claws by Tom Becker - 4. I would definitely have read this if it was an entire book of its own right! I loved the story and Becker really captivated my interest and did a marvellous job at describing the settings that surrounded Holly, the main character. The story was riveting, sinister and positively eerie. The ending made me wish there was more of it. But then she meets a boy who changes everything I feel like in a lot of these stories they meet a girl or boy who "changes everything".

I enjoyed Cannon's writing style however I found the story a tad bland. Overall this book can be described in one word: Personally I think most of the stories were extremely average and could have done with a bit more Christmas spirit. Some of the stories, I found, were awful and poorly written, such as If Only in my Dreams and Homo for Christmas and they hardly even met the criteria of a Christmas story with the theme of home. However there were some exceptional stories in this book such as Claws and some reasonably enjoyable ones like Ghost of Christmas Past.

Overall I wouldn't recommend this book due to the majority of the stories being so bland I could hardly read them. Dec 22, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: This truly a beautiful anthology. I am so glad that this popped up on my Amazon Recommendations. There are some truly heartbreaking stories in here, but also some real hope inducing ones. Everything is so beautifully written, but it is also done tactfully and with respect to people that are actually going through these hard times. I am so pleased that this is something that exists. I am also so pleased that such big authors got involved in it.

This book is really going to help raise awareness of This truly a beautiful anthology. This book is really going to help raise awareness of something that honestly, seems to slip under the radar a bit. This book needs a lot more recognition and I personally think everyone should read it. It is beautiful, festive and makes you think. This poem is so honest and real. Generally speaking I am not a massive fan of poetry, but I loved this one.

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It really took you on a journey and gave you such an important screenshot of the life of a person in crisis. A person in need.


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This poem showed things as they really are for people in this situation. A beautiful poem with a deep story.

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