December 11th, 2013 by Karen
Here’s something you should know about me: I love the holiday season. I loooooooooooooove it! And part of what I enjoy is spending time with loved ones, but I have to admit that I also crave all the gimmicky commercial stuff too — the Christmas carols and decorations filling all the stores, the crowds at the holiday fair doing last-minute shopping, the TV specials… I love it all!
So it’s nice to have a sweet story like Millions to keep me grounded at this time of year, as I race around inhaling peppermint hot chocolate and stuffing my shopping bag.
Millions is about Damian, his brother Anthony, and their dad. They’re generally doing okay, but Damian misses his mom, who has passed away. To keep him company, Damian is visited by various saints — and only he can see them.
One day, out of the blue while Damian is hanging out near the train tracks behind his house, a duffel bag full of money flies through the air and lands at his feet. The saints have some advice on what to do with it. So does Anthony. And also, some dangerous guy who mysteriously shows up in the neighborhood asking questions — he definitely has ideas about the money.
This all takes place right around the holidays, so it’s a great pick to read right now. But if you don’t have time for a new book before Christmas, check out the movie! Both the book and the movie are written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and he actually worked on them at the same time — so unlike most film adaptations of your favorite books, this movie is very close to the written story. Check out the trailer:
I actually saw the movie first and then read the book after. Either way, I think you’ll end up grinning ear to ear when you’re done. At least, that’s what I did!
Do YOU have a favorite book you like to read around the holidays? Leave a comment and share with everyone!