My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Swoon Reads
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?
I haven’t had the best of luck with Swoon Reads, so I was absolutely over the moon with how much I loved this book!
It was a pure, festive delight.
The main character Charlie aka Charlotte plots to get the one person she wants to fall in love with and have a happy Christmas while creating fun memories to cherish. A plan to use Secret Santa to accomplish that goal opens up more questions than answers as Charlie realises that maybe her crush’s cousin actually might be Mr Right.
This standalone was a laugh out loud, heartwarming rom-com.
The characters are well- rounded and tons of fun. As the plotline develops, the reader really gets to see their struggles and a hilarious trip to the shopping mall which also pushes their friendship to the limits. Fun, festive and fabulous.
I’m thrilled Swoon Reads published this, I’ve really been struggling to find a good YA Christmas story to read and happy to say that My New Crush Gave To Me is one of my favourites!
I think I will revisit this one on Christmas Eve for all the festive feels.
Thank you Raincoast Books for this holiday treat!