Decked with Holly – Published 2012
“Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.
Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Why did I read this book from 2012 when I have hundreds of new books on my TBR? Quarantine, that’s why. Because I was scouring through my library app trying to find something from my TBR to read at night on my phone so I don’t have to have a lamp on, and this hidden gem popped up in my recommendations. I love a good Christmas story at any point of the year, so I jumped in.
The concept was interesting and cute. A plain Jane somehow landing herself in a fake romance with a famous rockstar on a cruise ship during the winter. The need to see what happened and how it unfolded kept me reading, rather than abandoning, which I almost did.
The characters have decent chemistry, but their dialogue is not so great.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Honestly, this book wasn’t great. But, I did finish it. Anything I finish I give at least a 3 star rating to, because if it’s less than a 3 I abandon it rather than powering through.
This is a cute YA for younger readers or for anyone just looking for something light and somewhat Christmas related when they’re quarantined!