So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen
Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication: October 12th 2021 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Christmas, Holiday, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
From Goodreads: Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance!
When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. And she certainly didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley's Christmas. It's about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.
My Thoughts: I am really in the Christmas book mood. It was 80 degrees outside and I turned the air on so it was chilly and cuddled under my fuzzy blanket to enjoy So, This is Christmas. I could not put it down. I enjoyed the setting of Christmas, the characters were fun and quirky, and the story kept me entertained.
So, This is Christmas is a young adult story but it has a lot to offer for a non-young adult reader. I liked the romance and how shy both Finley and Arthur were with each other. I am not sure they were even really friends when the story started but as the story went on, I could see the attraction and noticed the flirting. I liked seeing them become friends and was happy to watch their friendship grow.
There were teenage issues in the story but there were also adult issues. Grandma Jo had her adult secret and I liked that it was kept a secret and handled with respect. Tinley’s parents had their own thing going on, I did not love how Tinley’s mom did not put her first but I did like that both parents knew what they needed to do for themselves.
There were many quirks and fun in the town of Christmas. I laughed out loud, I smiled, I shook my head, and most of all I enjoyed the entire book from beginning to end.
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