10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

I have been in a terrible reading slump lately; I have picked up and put down a good half dozen books, and nothing is sticking! So I decided it was time to revert to my old stand-by: Contemporary YA! Fortunately, NetGalley provided me with an eARC of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston, which actually released October 1st! This was exactly the fun and funny read I needed!

About 10 Blind Dates

10 Blind Dates.jpgSophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her Nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?

Description courtesy of Goodreads

My Review

When Sophie’s bf “wants a break” right before Christmas, she is devastated. But then her awesome Nonna and her HUGE extended family decide that the best way to mend her heart is to set her up on 10 blind dates – each planned and picked by a different relative – over her 2 week holiday vacation. What ensues is pure hilarity. Her family creates a betting pool, her dates are all over the map from absurd (like being in a nativity scene with a VERY handsy 14yo) to great (the hottest party of the year with a very attractive college guy). Too bad she finds herself falling for her off-limits childhood bestie, Wes. Wes is a total catch and I was rooting for him from day one!

Photo Jun 09, 7 40 57 PMSophie is a great MC. She is funny and a little bit adventurous, and cares deeply for her family. I love her relationship with her cousins, especially the two closest to her in age – Olivia and Charlie – who, along with their (hot) neighbor Wes, make up their own little squad. Olivia is like the perfect bestie (although Sophie has a real bestie who is equally awesome), Charlie is adorbs, and Wes is totally swoon-worthy.

I got such a feeling of nostalgia reading about how Sophie’s whole, HUGE, family piled into her grandparents’ house for the holidays. Sitting at the kids’ table, sleeping in every corner of the house, not being able to hear yourself think for all the people. Not to mention her Nonna constantly cooking and baking (one time my Grammie made us a pie because she overheard us talking about how good one on Food Network looked. It was amazing). This was literally a piece of my childhood, and I lived for it!

This is really the perfect book to read during the upcoming holiday season, and I can’t recommend it enough!

What is your favorite holiday read?

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