The Summer Of Christmas by Juliet Giglio & Keith Giglio | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To The Summer Of Christmas by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio?

I picked up The Summer Of Christmas by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio because I liked the cover and thought the book looked like fun. Also, the setting is somewhat local to me and I am a SUCKER for local books. I went for audio because it was just sitting there on Hoopla and I knew I could get through it way faster by listening.

What’s The Story Here?

The Summer Of Christmas opens with a breakup — Ivy is getting dumped by Nick for a vinter from Cornell. Ivy stays in LA and pours her heartbreak into writing and trying to make it in the film industry. Eventually, her dreams come true when her screenplay is picked up and so, production begins on a movie loosely based on her relationship with Nick. The movie ends up filming in Ivy’s hometown of Geneva, NY which is by the Finger Lakes and genuinely does exist. And so, Ivy keeps running into Nick but she’s also kind of got a new boyfriend. The filming takes place over the summer, but the movie is a Christmas movie.

What Did I Think Of The Summer Of Christmas? How About The Narration?

I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. You see, I am a sucker for holiday themed books. However, I had previously read an audiobook set during Christmas that had a lot more heart than this book. And then, I listened to yet another Christmas themed book which blew this one out of the water. My thoughts are that I never felt attached to the characters. I found each person in this book to not be very likable which is fine, but just didn’t seem to endear me. The audiobook was narrated okay — some pronunciations of local towns were wrong which bothered me a little. This just wasn’t the book for me and that’s okay.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does The Summer Of Christmas Have?

Given that this is set during the summer, there’s more Christmas than expected — as that’s what the screenplay is about. Some of the scenes were fun. But, overall, after listening to The Summer Of Christmas, I didn’t feel like super into the spirit. Maybe this would have been a better summer read — and that’s okay.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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