Book Review: Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod

Blame It on the Mistletoe

Author: Beth Garrod
Publisher: Sourcebooks (November 2, 2021)
Paperback, 368 pages
Romance, YA Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance (Christmas)


Tweet Cute meets the movie The Holiday in this funny holiday rom-com where two very different girls swap lives for a Christmas adventure.

Elle is a social medial star with the #DreamLife…or so it seems. Determined to shake up her content and gain new followers, she’s on a mission: can she find a British fan to swap with for Christmas?

Holly loves everything about Christmas. But after a mortifying mistletoe disaster with her ex, her perfect plans unravel like a bad Christmas sweater. Can Holly save the holidays when she switches places with favorite social media influencer?

Elle gets more than she bargained for when she meets the cute boy from across the street. And Holly wasn’t expecting Elle to have a handsome twin brother. This holiday is full of surprises.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Super cute! Blame it on the Mistletoe is very The Holiday but make it high-school influencers (though I’m not too clear if their platform is sort of… Instagram? TikTok? Instagram but people actually use the Reels or whatever they are?) It does VERY much read as an Old writing teen characters, though (and I say this as a fellow Old). It’s a little cringe and a little cheesy at times (but so is The Holiday, so basically that’s just staying on theme!)

If you like Hallmark Christmas movies but make it YA, this is the book for you. I especially loved Holly and how just wonderful and pure her love of all things Christmas is. I sort of guessed the relationship plotlines from the jump (they’re pretty obvious) but I still really enjoyed reading them anyway. I do wish we’d gotten a little bit more about Holly and Noelle’s moms. I mean, they both gave their daughters Christmas-y names, there’s a story there!

I’ll definitely keep Holly’s golden rules of Christmas in mind this season – 1) Never say no to a novelty hot drink. 2) Never wimp out of the high notes of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Ooh, and the playlist at the end gave me some great new songs to add to my own Christmas playlist! Cheers!

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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