review: in a holidaze by christina lauren

“It’ll be okay. Things always look worse from the inside.”

In a Holidaze, 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.


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In a Holidaze
Christina Lauren
Gallery Books
307 pages

I wish I was the one stuck in a time loop so I could read it over and over again.

In A Holidaze is a very cute story about traditions and finding what would make you happy, and chasing it. I immediately felt connected to the story and Maelyn’s character. She’s a young woman who feels stuck in her life: back at her mom’s, working for a job she doesn’t like, and who can’t find the strength to admit to her childhood crush — aka the soft boy Andrew — her lifelong feelings, but finds herself drunkenly making out with Andrew’s brother. Maelyn is very attached to traditions and the comfort it brings her, so when she is about to lose her annual holiday in a Utah cabin, surrounded by everyone she loves, she calls out to the Universe to show her what would make her truly happy — and finds herself stuck in a time loop, reliving over and over her latest Christmas holiday. I liked this little fantasy twist and found myself worrying about every restart Maelyn has to face.

It was a cute romance, very fluffy and soft, with the perfect amount of Christmas-y ambiance. I loved the « found family » ambiance and how cozy it felt. However, the story revolves a lot around Maelyn and Andrew, and I wished we could have read more about the other characters, especially Theo, Andrew’s brother, who is barely present and yet important. Even if the main characters are in their late twenties, I liked that « adults » (meaning their parents) were present and involved. It felt like a big, loving family, with a shared past and memories, private jokes, and one big comfy ambiance. Now, I want to be invited among them.

Note : 5 sur 5.

In a Holidaze is the perfect Christmas-y romance novel: a winter cabin, holiday traditions, and a cute love story. You’ll love In a Holidaze if you love time loop, soft boys, and light-hearted romance, and/or if you’re in need of holiday fiction.

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