In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publication Date: 10.6.20
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.
Disclaimer: This book was purchased by me and reviewed by choice. This in no way sways my opinions, all thoughts expressed are my own.
This book was binge-worthy! My cousin checked out a copy at the library and I had recently purchased it with a giftcard I received and let me tell you, it got me ready for Christmas! We read it in two days! I was trying so hard to save this for December but after reading The Unhoneymooners and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I couldn’t resist once it was in my hands.
This hilarious romantic comedy is wholesome from start to finish. That’s one thing I have loved with the few Christina Lauren books I have read, there’s always a climax but it’s never one that makes you feel so totally twisted in the gut. I struggle sometimes reading books where it feels like it’s ripping my heart out and I stress so hard with anxiety. I know I can feel safe reading their books and just wish it would never end!
Maelyn is such a relatable character, with real life millennial problems that most of us are going through right now. Her one escape is to this snowy cabin that her and her family go to, as well as two other families for the holiday! Upon making a GRAVE mistake, Maelyn is forced to relive her Christmas vacation over and over and over again until she hopefully gets it right!
Rating: The cozy, Christmas feel is to die for. I love how interesting and different the characters were, I loved the normalization of LGBT families, and I really loved the sex-positive, safe sex approach to the romance. I love how funny and loving this group is with each other. This is definitely a book I will be rereading every single year for the holidays. My only real critique was the fact that sometimes I felt like the characters were not written for their ages. Miles, Maelyn’s younger brother – I thought he was 7, not 17 multiple times. Maelyn could easily have been 21 or younger (minus the drinking). I also wish we got more information on the *magic* that creates her time loop!
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