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In a Holidaze de Christina Lauren
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In a Holidaze (edició 2020)

de Christina Lauren (Autor)

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Títol:In a Holidaze
Autors:Christina Lauren (Autor)
Informació:Gallery Books (2020), 336 pages
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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Sadly, In a Holidaze didn't wow me like other Christina Lauren books I've enjoyed in the past (The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, Autoboyography). I think it was supposed to be a warm and fuzzy romance, but it was very light on both. Romance-lite? Diet Romance? The story and characters were mostly meh (think Roomies and The Honey-Don't List). I believe this book would have benefitted from a duel POV, but we only get Mae's perspective. When she finally admits her feelings for Andrew, he just seems to go with it. There wasn't any tension or buildup to their relationship. It was kind of like she said, "Hey, I really like you," and he said, "Cool." 😴💤

Uncle Benny was easily my favorite character and I wish he'd been given more page time. (Obviously, we need a Benny spinoff now.) I liked his hippy vibe. The weird love-triangle-that-wasn't-really-a-love-triangle was unnecessary and really should've been left out. Mae ends up admitting to something that didn't actually happen in her current timeline (don't you just love time loops?), which starts a conflict with Andrew that didn't need to happen. It was also a really weird thing for them to "fight" about, to be honest. It happened, but it also didn't happen. I think this is why I dislike books that mess with time without fully explaining how everything works. You can't just scream at the cosmos every few pages looking for answers. WE need the information, too. After a while, everything just started to feel repetitive (her days AND her relationship with Andrew). What exactly was Mae supposed to be doing? Finding her happiness? It was very vague, and some of her resets didn't really make sense. Why couldn't she be happy in any of the other versions of her life?

We're also told from the start (by Mae) how much she loves Andrew. She has always loved Andrew, but I never actually saw their connection. I wish we'd seen more affection (and not the brotherly kind) between the two of them instead of simply being told over and over again that it was there. They only saw each other once or twice a year, so when did she have time to fall deeply and madly in love with him? Why was his affection immediately returned without anything really leading up to it? It was a little corny and a lot unbelievable. I also hated that she avoided Andrew's brother (can't even remember his name) instead of smoothing out the weirdness that only she was aware of. He felt avoided and didn't know why, and then she dismissed his feelings without a second thought (remember the love-triangle-that-wasn't-really-a-love-triangle?).

Additionally, there were a lot of secondary - very flat, one-dimensional - characters, which made it hard to keep up with who was who at the start (so many family members and their many children). Overall, In a Holidaze was a quick read that wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't memorable. (★★★☆☆)

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  doyoudogear | May 18, 2021 |
{stand alone, romance} (2020)

A light, fun romance.

All her life, Maelyn Jones has spent Christmases at her parents’ university friends’ cabin and the whole group meet at least once a year there. And half her life, she’s had a crush on one of their sons - but this Christmas she kisses his brother and then it feels like everything is going wrong. Even the cabin, centre of all their lives, is going to be sold. So Mae asks the universe to show her how she can be happy; and suddenly she’s reliving the same week over and over again.

If she can get it right, maybe everyone will get their happily-ever-afters.

3.5 stars ( )
  humouress | May 13, 2021 |
I really loved this Groundhog Day-esque Christmas themed story. I was worried because I didn't enjoy the last Christina Lauren book I read but this one MORE than made up for it. Mae and Andrew were so cute and this book was full of my favorite thing: witty banter. I also really loved how Mae grew emotionally through the course of the story. After all, isn't that the point of Groundhog Day-ish plots? There were also some very fun scenes involving snow and food and it was just a warm and fuzzy comforting read.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Published: October 6, 2020
Gallery Books
This was my December BOTM

Christina Lauren is the combined penname of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling American author duo of contemporary fiction, teen fiction, and romance novels.

“How many things like this do we do without thinking, just because it’s the way we’ve always done it?”

Mae is joining her family and their close family friends for their traditional Christmas at the cabin. As the festivities come to an end, it is announced the house is being sold. Life as Mae knows it is about to change until she gets a sudden do-over. Then another. And then another.

This book was the perfect holiday read. It was charming, whimsical, and original. I enjoyed this fable very much.

The running theme in this book is going after what will make you happy. Even if it scary. And I think that is something we all needed to hear this year. Especially this year.

2020 has been rough for so many of us. We have all struggled. We have all wanted things we were too afraid to go after. But maybe we should be. Perhaps we should channel our inner Mae and go after our own Andrew.

Maybe we should stop being afraid of the outcomes. Go after the job we want. Quit the job that is draining us. Go after the love we feel we may not deserve. Who knows... maybe it will lead to a happily ever after we never saw coming. ( )
  KKECReads | Apr 27, 2021 |
Another delightful book from Christina Lauren. In a Holidaze.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

This was such a fun filled book with a great cast of characters in this take on Groundhog Day the movie. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
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