Try as I might I just couldn't bring myself to like Martel. He was just way too superficial for my taste. Him and his lucky dreadlocks? Really? I just couldn't buy it and how he got a sweet guy like Felix to be his friend so so many years was beyond me. Having said that though I will also say I was not impressed with creepy co-worker Phil, no one needs to put up with that kind of crap at their place of employment.
The most redeeming part for me was that fact that in the end Martel started to realize that what he'd been truly looking for was there just waiting for him to see it.
While this book was not a huge hit for me it did still hold a touch of the holiday magic that I like in a story at this time of year.