All I Want for Christmas

Random/Underlined. Nov. 2020. 240p. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780593179833.
Gr 7 Up–Christmas-obsessed Bailey Briggs wants just one thing for the holiday—someone special to kiss under the mistletoe. She hopes that it will be the mysterious British-accented Charlie after meeting him one afternoon. Bailey doesn’t think it will be Jacob Marley, but it’s him whom she finds herself spending much time with this holiday season. Will Bailey get her Christmas magic, and who will she share it with? This book is a light, quick read great for those looking to squeeze in a Christmas-themed story during the holiday season. While the author often goes into detail about what the characters are wearing, she rarely shares what they look like; Charlie is the only major character with a detailed depiction of “tall with silky blonde hair and fair skin.” The characters are also realistic, relatable, and likable. The writing can come across as overly and unnecessarily descriptive, but those looking for a cute and magical holiday story will overlook it. Each chapter is a title of a Christmas song, adding to the holiday fun.
VERDICT For those looking to add to their collection of holiday books; particularly those who have teens looking to relate more to characters found in made-for-TV holiday movies.

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