OMG THIS IS SUCH A CUTE BOOK!!
Okay, really though. There were so many times I was just smiling so hard because of this book. I’m so glad I can finally share my thoughts with you guys 6 months after reading this book.
*I received an ARC from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
So I read this and wrote the review inMay and almost all of the reviews I wrote in May are a 2 or 3 star rating. I’m not sure how the rest of the month will go (there’s about half left) but this has really been a pick-me-up book.
I adore this book. It’s funny, romantic, has a lot of eccentric and loving family shenanigans, and has some great friendships. It was relatively drama-free which I love but still has plot and character development.
I’m not going to lie, based off the first two or three chapters I thought I would be stuck reading about an immature main character who just whines about her situation. Once we got over the breakup hiccup though the book really picked up and I saw the main character’s maturity and humor.
Sophie has a lot going on during this break: her sister’s complicated pregnancy, her long-time boyfriend breaking up with her, facing her very large and very gossipy family, and 10 blind dates set up by her crazy family. Of course, all these elements make it a fast, funny, and touching read.
One of my favorite aspects of the book was watching Sofie’s relationship with her family change. Her strong relationship with her sister Margot is really sweet and her relationship with her extended family is comical and relatable.
I love the concept of Sofie’s family setting her up on 10 blind dates. I felt Sofie’s character change as she went on these dates and it was honestly like seeing an old friend bounce back into your life. I just felt so proud of her growth and how she was allowing herself to have more fun and really break out of her comfort zone to reconnect with her family again. The dates themselves were really fun to read. Some of them were really cute ideas and others were so laughably terrible and awkward.
Although this is a really cute and fast read, I wouldn’t say it’s a really light book. It covers some more serious topics regarding relationships, family dynamics, and pregnancy complications. I would definitely recommend giving this a read. Now, please excuse me while I run to the library for Elston’s other books.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West