Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Book Review: The Holiday Switch

By Sara Steven

Lila Castro is ready to take on her last winter break of high school. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and she's earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss's frustratingly cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they've been hiding things from each other. Will their secrets--and a dash of holiday spirit--bring them closer to love?  (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I don’t often dip into the YA genres, but I really loved The Holiday Switch! It reminded me of the sweet rom coms I used to watch when I was a teen or in my early 20s; Never Been Kissed, combined with the best Hallmark channel holiday movies. Charming and admirable, with a female protagonist who is on the brink of discovering what young love really can be.

I liked the opposing personalities between Lila and Teddy. She’s a lot more organized and cares so much more about making sure that everything she does is done to perfection, while Teddy always looks outside the box for answers. There are differences between them, yet there are plenty of areas where they discover just how much they have in common, particularly where secrets are involved. Lila has been keeping a major secret from her family, and the same could be said for Teddy. There comes a point where they both have to come to terms with what’s most important to them, and what would be best--for them. Not for anyone else. That can be tough to do when you’re young and on the brink of adulthood, skirting the line between trying to make your family proud, while doing what will ultimately make you happy.

I think one of my favorite aspects to The Holiday Switch was the location! Holly, NY--it spurred me to look into whether there really is a Holly in NY, and there is, but it goes by “Holley.” If there were such a place like Holly that showcased the festivities of the holiday season, I’d be there in a second! While I don’t often read YA books, I’m glad I read this one. It was a wonderful five-star read, particularly for this time of year!   

Thanks to Leo PR for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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