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Estelle: The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka
Pages: 272
Target Audience: Young adult
Release Date: October 7, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Nook eBook
Why I read it: Looking for something to read during the holidays.

Summary: After three years of dating Cam, Lexi is convinced their lives are going in different directions. She’s focused on college, a career, and leaving Claus Lake and he just wants to stay near home and open his own restaurant. But instead of breaking his heart, she decides to do the next best thing: make Cam fall in love with someone else. Will her plan backfire?

As a huge Christmas fan, I was ecstatic to discover this book while surfing the B&N bookstore on my Nook. That being said, I was mostly a fan of Claus Lake, the setting, then the actual story. A place where people actually start preparing for Christmas in September and gladly overlook Halloween. Sounds like my kind of place! The plotline, though, is pretty unbelievable and made me wish it was a cute ABC Family movie instead of a YA novel. (In fact, I felt, at times, too old to be reading this one.)

Lexi is an ambitious girl. But it’s a little ridiculous for her to want to pawn her long-term boyfriend into the arms of another. Who in their right mind would do that? (Some might call it heartless.) I mean, if she just decided to tell him the spark was gone and they wanted different things for their future, there would have been no story. So you have to take it for what it is.

Once you do, it’s a fun, heart-warming silly story with a bunch of characters. One of my favorites was Allie, Lexi’s best friend, who concocts all these “theories” about relationships. (Keep in mind, she is single herself.) Most are ridiculous but it’s her “12 Dates” rule that gets the ball rolling on another one of Lexi’s big ideas. This isn’t much of a spoiler since it’s in most book descriptions. After Cam and Lexi break up and he moves on with Jaylene (who is always wearing little to no clothing) Lexi (surprise!) decides she must get Cam back. So instead of just talking to him… she decides she needs another plan.

If it wasn’t so lighthearted, this story would almost qualify as some sort of farcical, Lucy-esque comedy. Unfortunately, it’s not that sophisticated or unpredictable. But it is fluffy and full of holiday spirit, which are two things I can’t deny loving when it comes to taking a book along on the commute, and when life gets stressful during the holidays and you need an escape!

Just a note: The Nook version of this eBook wasn’t the best. The spacing between scenes was off most of the book.

Also being paired with Jennifer Echols’ The Ex Games in a collection called Winter’s Kiss — releasing Tuesday, January 3.

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January 3, 2012 - 1:45 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Sounds cute! I love Christmas books. 🙂 I know what you mean, though, about feeling too old to be reading a book. I’ve had that happen before. I can always allow excess fluff in a Christmas book. I might grab the one paired with Ex Games if it comes out on Kindle. No room for books right now! 🙂

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