Monday, December 14, 2020

Book Review | In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

In a Holidaze is a romance novel by Christina Lauren.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners..

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.


I loved the beginning of In a Holidaze so much! It was cute and hilarious and just what I needed in 2020.

The problem is the book shifted away from all of the things that I loved in the beginning. At first I thought I was no longer enjoying it because the rom-com had lost it's comedy and shifted to simply being a romance. As the book went on, however, it was definitely more than that for me. In a Holidaze wasn't delivering on any of the promises it made in the beginning. The Christmas version of Groundhog Day was only a hook. There were also things that just didn't make sense. (And no, I'm not talking about the time travel/Groundhog Day stuff. That's not supposed to make sense.)

It's worth noting that I'm not a romance reader, and I can't speak to the expectations of the genre. I can only speak to my own experience with In a Holidaze, and it just wasn't a good fit for me. I like the idea of reading a Christmasy rom-com this time of year, though, so I think I will still give it another try next year with a different book and see how it goes.

In a Holidaze seems to be a big hit with a lot of people right now so definitely seek out other reviews - especially from people who read romance way more than I do. As for me, I was expecting all of the things that hooked me in from the beginning to continue on throughout In a Holidaze, and I was left disappointed and confused with the way things wound up progressing.

2/5 stars


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  1. I've read other reviews that say the same thing you did, so it sounds like you're not alone. I'm not a big Christina Lauren fan so I'd probably skip this one.

    1. OK, I really was feeling like the odd elf out here. This was my first Lauren book so I had no idea what to expect.

  2. Sorry to hear you didn't care for this one.

  3. I've read a few other reviews of this book where people loved the beginning, but didn't love the ending. Makes me question whether or not I really want to read this one.

    1. I'm going to seek out more reviews and make myself feel better. :) I've seen a lot of positive reviews, but it's not one I'd push you to read.

  4. Aw sorry to hear it was disappointing. that happens sometimes even when it seems like most everyone else is loving a book. I think if I was expecting more of a rom- com and it got away from that I'd be disappointed too...

  5. I'm sorry this one wasn't something you enjoyed! I really liked it. It gave me all the warm and fuzzies. :) I hope your next read is better. <3

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    1. I feel like so many people really enjoyed it! I guess it just wasn't my style. They can't all be the right fit for all of us. :)

  6. Ah bummer! Hopefully your next read was better! :) I almost snagged this one from BOTM, but decided to skip for the month.

    1. I added it to my box as an add on because I had heard great things. Oh, well. :)

  7. I already have my review up for this and it didn't check all the boxes I was looking for either. The whole brother thing bothered me but I LOVED the hippie uncle.

    1. The brother thing was weird. Some things just honestly didn't make a lot of sense. I totally agree about the uncle!

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