Bailey Briggs is counting down the days to Christmas: she lives for holiday music, baking cookies, going on snowy sleigh rides, and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow’s bookstore. But all she really wants this year is the one thing she doesn’t have: someone special to kiss under the mistletoe. And she’s 100 percent certain that that someone isn’t Jacob Marley–athlete, player, and of questionable taste in girlfriends–and that Charlie, the mysterious stranger with the British accent, is the romantic lead of her dreams. Is she right? This will be a December to remember, filled with real-life Christmas magic . . . and, if she stays on Santa’s nice list, a wish that just might come true.
This is one of those young adult books that can be loved by all ages, and is a good introductory young-adult novel to those just entering that particular age range (12-14). It’s a light read and doesn’t dote on any heavy topics. It’s one of those novels I could see being turned into a cute Disney Channel movie.
I really enjoyed what we saw of Bailey’s family. Their dynamic was adorable, and I love how it wasn’t just Bailey who was super-into Christmas, but all of them. I wish there had been a few more Briggs family moments, but what we get is good anyway. Bailey herself was fun because she was real in her inner monologue, and you could understand her struggle with liking both Jacob and Charlie (though let’s be real, always go for the adorable British guy).
Jacob and Charlie were great love interests in this story. Obviously, Charlie was endearing with his caring nature and British accent, and he was the one I was rooting for even though I knew there was something about him that made him too perfect. Jacob, on the other hand, was definitely a guy I would’ve fallen for in high school because he’s such a goofball, but when he’s trying to show Bailey that he likes her for real, he really puts himself out there and he’s adorable while doing so. Honestly, I actually expected him to be more of a jerk than he was in this book (which was like, not a jerk at all).
This is a very short book, being just over 200 pages, which makes it a quick read that I think is great for those trying to sneak an extra book in or who just want a nice, sweet read that takes place around Christmas. It’s full of cute moments that will make you smile while reading. Again, I think it’s got a Disney Channel movie quality to it, so it’s a good book or all ages to enjoy.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars