All I Want For Christmas – Beth Garrod

I love Christmas, it’s my absolute favourite time of the year and there’s nothing I enjoy more than a Christmas story. ‘All I Want for Christmas,’ is a huge treat and is the perfect choice for the social media loving teen in your life. Holly is completely obsessed with Christmas but when a mortifying mix-up with her ex and some mistletoe happens it’s just the start of her plans going horribly wrong. Elle is on the other side of the world and is living her so called, ‘dream life under the spotlight of Instagram but the reality is far from the truth. Desperate to win a popularity contest she dreams up an extraordinary plan to swap lives with someone far away and guess who might just be the key to making this a reality? With both girls a long way from home for Christmas can they discover what they both really want from the festive holidays?

This book is a hugely feel good read but it’s not all sugar and spice. Underneath the tinsel and candy cane we see two girls who are a little bit lost and are trying to find their way to happiness. Beth is brilliant at making you laugh out loud as you witness both Holly and Elle going to extreme lengths to tick off their perfect Christmas lists. There are so many hilarious and cringeworthy moments as they both try to fully embrace the Christmas spirit even when they both know something is missing. She cleverly shines a spotlight on how social media creates this false image of reality, luring followers into believing what they see on a screen, when the truth can be so far removed. I think there is everything here you would want from a Christmas read, it’s funny and festive and is sprinkled with romance but it also tackles some difficult themes in a thoughtful way. She has a talent for creating characters that you genuinely care about it and that you’re desperately rooting for and hoping they have a happy ending. If you want to find out if they do, then you’ll have to read it for yourself. A perfect gift to pop in your favourite teens stocking this Christmas.

Beth Garrod

It’s officially Christmas-month! Finally. *scrambles for advent calendar* I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been waiting since March. And now it’s December 1st, what a better time to unleash those jingle balls – and day two of the All I Want For Christmas tour.

All I Want For Christmas is all about two girls, Holly (Christmas obsessed) and Elle (Christmas way-less-Christmas-bothered) as they end up swapping lives for the holidays. But when Holly switches the UK for the States she doesn’t just want to get over her ex (and experience Red Cups in their spiritual home), she also wants to tick every single thing off her perfect Christmas list, including spreading a whole heap of Christmas cheer. And what better way to do it than sharing some of her favourite festive bops? So, every day on the tour we’ll be sharing just one of them – and for stop number two, it’s time for a tune that is new(ish) but still a certified Christmas banger….. (also, sleep check: 24 left. Woop).

Leona Lewis – One More Sleep:

Holly would describe this as a certified bop. Elle’s brother, Nick wouldn’t be so sure – but that’s because he’s never seen the visual delight of Leona Lewis performing it on the X Factor final in 2017 surrounded by dancing Christmas trees and person-sized presents.  A true festive gift. When Holly drinks multiple Christmas hot chocolates in a row, this is *exactly * the type of sugar-based holiday hallucination she’d have. But *maybe* it’s not just the song that Holly and Elle like – *maybe* they might be about to find out that Leona’s right, there is something magical about counting down to see someone extra special at Christmas. And *maybe* they might be about to find out who. But *maybe* that’s telling you too much…

Blog Tour

I do love Christmas and must confess to having put my tree up weeks ago and been playing Christmas music since the beginning of November, so I’m definitely like Holly. Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more Christmas songs and reviews…

Thank you to Harriet and Scholastic for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this festive treat. ‘All I Want for Christmas,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop. If you can please support your local independent bookshop you can find your nearest one here.

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