Blame it on the Mistletoe

BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE

Written by Beth Garrod
Published by Sourcebooks, November 2, 2021
My star rating – 4 stars

THR SYNOPSIS:

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.

MY REVIEW:

Ok this was all the sorts of adorable holiday magic I was hoping for!! I love it when a Christmas book features a character who is over the top obsessed with Christmas traditions just like I am. I even take a few new ideas away from it! But this book wasn’t without its bumps in the road. To be honest, I actually didn’t like one of the perspectives so much that I struggled to get into the book in the beginning. I kept reading, hoping for redemption… thankfully I got my Christmas wish

This is a dual perspective book about two girls, living on opposite sides of the world, who switch lives for the holiday season. Elle is on a mission to gain Instagram followers before the end of the year. She enters into a competition with 4 other Instagrammers, and needs to gain 15,000 new followers to win. So, she decides to go big and switch lives with one of her followers! Enter Holly. Christmas obsessed and equally obsessed with Elle, her holiday traditions are falling apart around her as her life changes. She decides to switch with Elle so she can have her magical Christmas in New York, which is something she’s dreamed of her whole life.

Of the two perspectives, Holly was hands down my favourite! She is such a sweet, honest, and warm person. Her friends and family are everything to her. She thrives on traditions and the people around her. I could just tell that she was such a loving person and I wanted to be her friend! She is also a huge planner, making lists for everything, which is sooooo me!

And then there was Elle. To be honest, she annoyed the living hell out of me for over half the book. She was just SO obsessed with Instagram. It’s all she focused on. It wasn’t until the last third of the book when we finally learned her personality…. That’s how bad it was. I know. The whole point of the book was this competition, but still, I couldn’t get a handle on her personality in any way until the end. When we finally got a grasp on who she was as a person, I wanted more! I finally appreciated who she was, what she was like, and what she wanted out of life. But that first part felt excruciating honestly!!

I loved all of the Christmas traditions in this book! Because we have people in the US and in the UK, we were shown the different things they did, foods they ate, and attractions that can be seen. Now I want to go to the UK for the fun and beauty and the US for the food! Not sure of a few of the things they eat in the UK…. Well aside from Cadbury chocolate and Quality Street chocolate because that’s the ONLY way to eat chocolate at Christmas!

I also loved just how rooted in friends and family this book was. Holly’s friends Fred and Ruby are hands down the best and I wish they were real so I could meet them! Both characters were going through changes in their lives and it was emphasized just how important friends and family are in those moments.

So, even though Elle drove me nuts for the beginning of this book, it was WELL worth the read! It was comfy, cozy, heartwarming, and covered in tinsel! I just wish that there were a few more chapters to follow up that ending! I will look into more from this author for sure!

Until next time, happy reading!

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