Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.
But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.
Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?
Shani Petroff's newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Swoon Reads
Four stars: A fun, holiday read with a terrific antagonistic romance, though it is a tad predictable.
Charlie is dreading attending her friend Noelle’s holiday birthday ball, held the day after Christmas. This year, the party has a couples theme. Charlie was recently dumped by her perfect, smart, college boyfriend, and so she has no date. Desperate, she hatches a crazy plan to snag a date with one of the hottest guys in school: Teo Ortiz. Unfortunately, in order to land her dream date, Charlie requires the help of Teo’s cousin, J.D. Charlie and J.D. don’t get along. J.D. is the photographer on the school paper, which Charlie co edits. J.D. is always late, disorganized, and far too laid back for Charlie. However, once J.D. begins to help Charlie, she starts to see him a tad differently. Will Charlie land her dream date in time for the party?
What I Liked:
- My New Crush Gave to Me is an adorable, holiday themed romance that features one of my favorite kind of romances. This book has a terrific antagonistic romance that will make you smile. Grab this one for something light and cute this holiday season.
- The romance is all kinds of fun. It may be a tad predictable, but that doesn’t matter. It features an antagonistic romance born when two opposites, who are constantly at odds, strike up an alliance in order for Charlie to land the perfect date. I loved watching Charlie open her eyes and see someone in a different light. There are plenty of warm and smooshie moments that will leave your feeling all cozy inside. It was just too cute! Loved seeing it unfold.
- I was surprised and pleased to see that the other boy did not turn out to be a jerk. Often times, when you have a situation like the one in the book, the other boy usually does something stupid to make the heroine open her eyes and see what she has been missing. Both boys (yes, there are two love interests, but no love triangle) are likeable. I especially liked the way the dejected suitor handled everything.
- One of the themes of the story was finding the perfect gift. I loved that the gift giving in this one wasn’t centered around going to the store and buying any old thing. Instead, the gift givers put a lot of thought, heart and creativity into their gifts. Some of them were hand made. It was so refreshing to see that the gifts were heartfelt and not just some junk picked up at the store.
- I enjoyed the strong focus on friendship. Charlie’s best friend, Morgan, is the type of best friend that everyone needs. Morgan always had Charlie’s back. Seriously, that girl was amazing, and she was a terrific baker, too. Friendship plays an important role in the story, and I loved it!
- This book is packed with all kinds of holiday cheer, from Secret Santa gift exchanges, holiday parties and holiday baking, decorating, Christmas caroling and ugly holiday sweaters, which makes this a delightful holiday read.
- The ending is perfect. Everything ends with a sweet happy ending that will leave you with a big, goofy grin!
And The Not So Much:
- The romance is completely predictable, you know almost from the get go how it is all going to play out. It was easy to predict it all.
- I wish that there was more depth involving Charlie and her mother. Charlie is feeling depressed for a good part of the book because her mother is working long hours at the hospital. There really wasn’t resolution to this story line.
- I was intrigued by the story line around J.D. and his grandfather. I wanted more of this portion of the story as well.
- I wasn’t a fan of the mean girl theme in the story. Charlie has an arch rival, who was rather nasty at times. This isn’t a big portion of the story, but it didn’t add anything, and I could have done without it as I am a not a fan of the mean girl trope.
My New Crush Gave To Me is a delightful holiday romance packed full of Christmas cheer, romance, friendship and gift giving. This is a quick, light and super adorable read for the holidays. If you want a sweet romance that features the tried and true enemies to lovers romance, grab this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.