I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Published by Swoon Reads on October 31st 2017
Genres: Holiday, Romance, Seasonal, Young Adult
Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.
But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.
Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?
First holiday book for the holiday season! So exciting. Yes, I am one of those people that reads Christmas books the day after Halloween! I am so glad I am too, because this was adorable!
Charlie thinks her life is going to be ruined because right before the big, annual Christmas bash, her boyfriend breaks up with her. To make matters worse, she decides to yell at her nemesis that she is going with THE perfect guy. Of course she has a date, and he is AMAZING. Not only does she not have her old boyfriend, whom she thought was perfect for her, but now she has to find another guy!
A guy runs into her in the school halls, and she realizes, HE is the one! He’s perfect for her. Enter Operation Secret Santa!
This was adorable, but it was also like a train wreck. I knew what was going to happen so I just wanted to hide myself from Charlie’s obnoxious, but charming mistakes. It was her growth that was the best part, but the journey to get there had me cringing, and laughing, and nearly in tears, the entire time! I did have a really good idea of what was going to happen. There are many hints along the way, and the story makes sense the way it was written, which made me love it all the more. I hate figuring out the plot beforehand, but in this case it didn’t ruin anything, but heightened the expectancy of how this all was going to come about.
The one downside is that, although Charlie is older, in YA there are a lot of parents missing. It’s a bit of a pet peeve for me. Charlie’s mom is a doctor, but it felt forced. She has a lot of hours, and I get that, but I really think there are other ways of getting around the plot without forcing the parents out of the picture. There was only one area where Charlie does something, not even on purpose, where if her mother knew, she would probably get in trouble. But, they wind up getting around that. It frustrates me!
Anyhow, the rest of the plot is fabulous! I love the interaction between J.D. and Charlie. They had time to work on their hatred for each other, although it wasn’t quite hate, but frustration. It worked beautifully.
And for those unsure of love triangles, this isn’t quite that. It keeps away from the awkwardness, surprisingly. There is some, especially at the end, but it all goes with the plot.
Love that this was my first holiday read!
|Overall:||4.7 / 5|
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.