From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–This confection serves up a quartet of satisfying selections chock-full of relationship drama and perfect party dresses. With settings from New York to Hollywood, and from high-end department store to the neighborhood mall, these fast-paced stories contemplate the meaning of that special someone at Christmas and Hanukkah, be it a boyfriend, a best friend's boyfriend, a sibling, or a ghost. Laced with a liberal sprinkling of love, lust, and longing, this collection will leave readers seeking out the mistletoe themselves. Sparkling good fun for the holidays.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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Four YA authors wrap their stories in the December holidays. In the first, Aimee Friedman brings Hanukkah and Christmas together as Maxine finds love in a department store. Hailey Abbott's heroine, Aria, is welcoming her best friend, Emily, home for the holidays; unfortunately, she has fallen in love with Emily's boyfriend. Nina Malkin sets her romance in Hollywood, and Melissa de la Cruz, the author of the Au Pairs series, offers a twist on O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi." The stories have varied sensibilities (even as they link around romance), but their characters seem remarkably the same, and the conversations are strictly chick-lit generic. Still, this will please teen girls, who will find the quartet as delicious and frothy as whipped cream on cocoa. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved