So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen is a feel-good romcom filled with misadventures and Christmas cheer. The main character is easy to root for, and the book’s setting of Christmas, Oklahoma is vividly described, making for an immersive reading experience. This is the perfect book to celebrate the holidays, or Christmas in July.Title: So, This is Christmas
Author: Tracy Andreen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance!
When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. And she certainly didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley's Christmas. It's about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.
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Review: So, This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen
After posting misleading photos of her hometown, Christmas, Oklahoma, Finley never expects a boy from her prestigious boarding school to show up with his aunt, expecting a perfect American Christmas. However, the town is far from the holiday paradise Finley made it out to be, and Christmas isn’t the same for her as her parents got a divorce and her best friend started dating her ex while she was away at school. As a distraction, and out of guilt for her visitors’ disappointment, she agrees to try her best to give them a magical Christmas anyway
❀ Entertaining Main Character
Finley is a realistic character, and I enjoyed tagging along on her tour of Christmas. I really felt for her, as she was always the smartest in school, but away at boarding school, she struggles with grades and with making friends. To make matters worse, she struggles to find her place back in her hometown, as so much has changed in the time she was away. Despite this, Finley is an entertaining character, and I loved reading about how hard she tries to make Arthur’s visit enjoyable.
❀ Christmassy Atmosphere
One of the book’s strongest elements is its Christmassy atmosphere. The author has done a fantastic job capturing all the charms of small-town Oklahoma, and I enjoyed the quirkiness of the entirely Christmas-themed town. Throughout the book, there are many vividly described festive activities, from a Christmas parade to a sleigh ride, and these had me itching to celebrate the holidays despite the current summer heat.
❀ Festive Mishaps
So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen is an entertaining read about finding your place. I enjoyed the festive mishaps throughout the story, and the main character is relatable. Finley’s hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma jumps off the page, and the book’s generous helping of Christmas cheer makes it the perfect read to cozy up with over the holidays.