Review: Blame it on the Mistletoe

Elle is a social medial star with the #DreamLife…or so it seems. Determined to shake up her content and gain new followers, she’s on a mission: can she find a British fan to swap with for Christmas?

Holly loves everything about Christmas. But after a mortifying mistletoe disaster with her ex, her perfect plans unravel like a bad Christmas sweater. Can Holly save the holidays when she switches places with favorite social media influencer?

Elle gets more than she bargained for when she meets the cute boy from across the street. And Holly wasn’t expecting Elle to have a handsome twin brother. This holiday is full of surprises.

I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, but I’m glad that I did! This was the perfect holiday read and I can’t believe I passed on it last year. 

Both main characters are enjoyable, though Holly can get a bit too excited at times. Holly is all about Christmas and her energy gave me some of the Christmas spirit I’ve been lacking this year. I felt bad for her when everything around her seemed to start going the opposite way of her Christmas plans, because girl, I get it. Ruined plans can really break your spirit when you’re excited for them. For someone who likes to plan the way she does, it was fun to watch her make this jump to swap lives with Elle for the week, and see her learn that sometimes the unexpected can really surprise you in a good way.

Elle on the other hand isn’t as enthusiastic about Christmas. It’s not that she doesn’t like it, but she’s nowhere on Holly’s level of Christmas spirit. Elle was an interesting character to watch because you can tell right away that she’s a good person, but that she’s too into her image on social media and keeping her follower numbers up. So yeah, she comes off a bit shallow in some ways at first, but throughout the week of the switch, you see her learn that being in the moment with real people who care about you beats the number of followers you have any day. I loved her character growth in this. 

Side characters… they always get me. I adored Ruby, Fred, and Nick so much and I wish there had been more of them throughout the book (but then it would’ve been way too long). The parents of each girl seemed great too, and I loved how Holly’s mom’s boyfriend had the same name as their dog, so she called the dog just Colin, and her mom’s boyfriend, Colin-human. 

The story itself is adorable. I love the whole “swapping lives” plot device, the fun detail that made the swap completely possible to happen for the girls, and the friendships/romances that developed along the way. It was a book that you could easily see being turned into a holiday movie or mini-series, and it would be loved by everyone (as long as it was done right, of course). Even the contest that Elle was participating in had its own little twist in it that helped with her character development.

I think my only real issue with this book was that at times, Holly’s point-of-view could be confusing since her thoughts tended to go all over the place. It made it hard to get into parts of the story, but when she wasn’t being extra-ADHD, it was easy to follow and enjoy.

So honestly, if you’re looking for a cute, fun, holiday read to fit in before the new year (or whenever you feel like reading one), I’d definitely recommend Blame it on the Mistletoe!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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