Jay Asher's new book is pretty much the complete opposite of 13 Reasons Why. Where that one is dark, heavy, and powerful, this one is light and fluffy. There's nothing wrong with fluff. It was just a bit of a surprise.
Sierra's family owns and operates a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, but every year they spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in California selling trees on the family lot. It isn't their main source of income, but it's a fun family tradition that makes them all feel personally connected to the work. It also gives Sierra a whole other life that she lives once a year.
While she is sad to leave her best friends and all the winter holiday activities in Oregon behind, she is always excited to help run the tree lot and spend time with her California best friend, Heather.
This year Heather wants Sierra to find a holiday boyfriend so they can double date and take some of the pressure off Heather and her sweet but boring boyfriend. At first, Sierra isn't into the idea. She isn't the type of girl who is into flings, but then she meets Caleb. He is handsome, funny, and kind, and Sierra can't stop thinking about him.
But Heather and the other kids in town raise the alarm. When he was a kid, Caleb attacked his sister, or at least that's the rumor. Is it true, and if it is, she that brand Caleb for life?
This was a sweet and fluffy book--a Hallmark Christmas movie for teens. It was a little boring to me because it was so predictable, but I know plenty of people who would love it. Plus, a clean romance is always hard to find, so it gets bonus points for that!