Book Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Publication Date: October 6th 2020 

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. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.75

I had zero expectations going into this probably due to the fact that I hadn’t heard about this book until about two weeks ago. I have heard a lot about Christina Lauren over this past year though and so when I needed something quick and easy to read to take my mind off my exam induced stress and anxiety, I decided to pick this up.

I definitely was not expecting to like it as much as I did and I definitely didn’t expect to read it in one night!!!

In a Holidaze follows Mae whose last ever week at the cabin where her family spends Christmas every year doesn’t quite go to plan, for one thing she makes out with her childhood friend Theo, the brother of the guy she’s been in love with since she was thirteen. And on the drive back to the airport her family is hit by a van carrying Christmas trees, but then Mae wakes up … back on the plane a week before.

It’s a cheesy Christmas movie meets Groundhog day and it was so much fun!

I was worried about the Groundhog day, repeating the same day/week over and over again. I’ve only every seen this trope used in movies like Happy Death Day so I did think it would become boring and too repetitive in written thorn but I was wrong. I didn’t find it repetitive or boring at all, in fact it provided a lot of comedic effect to the beginning of the novel.

This is at it’s heart a romance novel. I can’t tell whether or not mentioning who the romance is with would be classed as a spoiler, I rarely review romance novels, so to air on the side of caution I wont say anything expect that I really enjoyed them together. Both the getting together and them actually together was cute and sexy.

Overall I really liked this book, it took my mind off the history exam I had the next day, it made me smile a whole lot and it even got me into the Christmas spirit. This was my first Christina Lauren novel but it definitely won’t be my last.

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