All I Want for Christmas is a V.R. Supercube


Fiction - Holiday
9 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite

All I Want for Christmas is a V.R. Supercube by Dan Absalonson is a short story that gives a different perspective on bullying. Written from a first person point of view, Alfred, who has a history of being bullied by Blair, overhears a conversation between Blair and his mother. From this, Alfred sees Blair in a different light. For a brief moment in time, Alfred puts himself in Blair’s unfortunate place, and decides to take a chance and do something good. The outcome is satisfying and believable.

This short story reminds me of the movie Overboard, where the butler explains to the rich woman that she was able to experience someone else’s world for a brief moment in time, something that few people are ever able to do. This is what Alfred allowed his senses to experience when he began to understand Blair’s world. Alfred’s plan was a risky one, with no guaranteed outcome, but he showed courage in reaching out in the hopes of making a new friend.

Bullying is a hot topic in today’s world. This story goes beyond the generic 'Stop Bullying, Say No To Bullying' and other formulaic expressions by showing what a single act of kindness does for and to someone else. No strings attached. The gift given was no guarantee that the unkind actions would stop, and therein lies the risk that brave Alfred was willing to take. All I Want for Christmas is a V.R. Supercube by Dan Absalonson is a Christmas story, yes, but I think it could be used any time of the year for coming to grips with how to deal with bullying. Highly recommended.