When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn’t changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother’s inn. And she certainly didn’t expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother’s doorstep. It’s up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley’s Christmas. It’s about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.
Title: So, This is Christmas (So, This is Christmas, #1)
Author: Tracy Andreen
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Funny, relatable, real, and Christmas-y.
This book had more “real” moments than I thought it would. Finley is dealing with family troubles, school troubles, friend troubles, and most recently, boy troubles. I appreciated that Andreen explored more than a cutesy Christmas romance in this book. The holidays don’t eliminate all problems in the world and this book showed that.
I also loved how funny and completely relatable this book was. I listened to the audiobook of this one and laughed out loud at multiple moments. Finley was so sarcastically relatable and
There was something cute or sparkling missing from Arthur. I’m not quite sure what that was, but I didn’t feel ignited by his presence. Which was a real shame since this is a Christmas rom-com.
Overall, this book was good, not great. I wouldn’t not recommend it, but it wouldn’t be the first book I thought of when talking about YA Christmas rom-coms. That being said, I might read the sequel to this book…