Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin


Book cover for Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott

Title: Mistletoe
Authors: Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Snuggle up beside the fire with this juicy collection of four different, but equally sizzling, winter romances.

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic…and romance. Four of today’s bestselling teen authors — Melissa de la Cruz (THE AU PAIRS), Aimee Friedman (SOUTH BEACH), Hailey Abbott (SUMMER BOYS), and Nina Malkin (6X) — bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies.

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One of my favourite things to do around the holiday season is read short and sweet Christmas books. Mistletoe gives the reader a bit of everything with four different festive stories. This book is just over 200 pages and can easily be read in one sitting.

My favourite of the stories was Aimee Friedman’s. Working in a Winter Wonderland is about a jewish girl working as an elf in a department store. I loved Maxine’s character and the humour in the story as she figures out her new job. I haven’t read any of Aimee Friedman’s books yet, but since her story was so enjoyable, I should definitely check them out!

Melissa de la Cruz’s story was also very enjoyable. It is a Gift of the Magi retelling, which I have never read before. The sacrifices the characters make for each other are so heartwarming and made me smile. This was the perfect story to wrap up the book since the ending was just right.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Breakup by Hailey Abbott was on the more serious side, but still lots of fun. This one is a story about friends growing apart as one of them is away at college and the changes that occur. The ending is so sweet, no matter how cliché.

Mistletoe is an anthology with four short stories by bestselling authors. My favourite stories were Aimee Friedman’s and Melissa de la Cruz’s. I would definitely recommend relaxing with this quick and cute book this holiday season!

5 thoughts on “Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin

  1. Shouni says:

    This sounds like such a cute holiday read! I’ve been wanting to read a book by Melissa de la Cruz and Aimee Friedman. I hear great things about both of them but have never gotten around to reading anything by either of them.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I wish that I could read shorts, but every time that I have tried I just don’t enjoy it. Or I will love it immensely, but then it is over and it happened too fast.

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