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Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance! When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archneme Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance! When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. And she certainly didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley's Christmas. It's about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.


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Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance! When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archneme Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow in this new YA Christmas romance! When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. And she certainly didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley's Christmas. It's about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.

30 review for So, This Is Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Actual rating: 3,5 So... this is cute! It was like watching a Hallmark movie, which does make sense since the author Tracy Andreen writes for Hallmark. Reading So, This Is Christmas was like taking a ride in a Time Machine that brought me back to 2013, the year I discovered ya contemporaries written in English (in case you didn't know, English is not my first language) and fell in love with them, took the turn and never got back... I can't even point why it is, but this book made me nostalgic... I lo Actual rating: 3,5 So... this is cute! It was like watching a Hallmark movie, which does make sense since the author Tracy Andreen writes for Hallmark. Reading So, This Is Christmas was like taking a ride in a Time Machine that brought me back to 2013, the year I discovered ya contemporaries written in English (in case you didn't know, English is not my first language) and fell in love with them, took the turn and never got back... I can't even point why it is, but this book made me nostalgic... I loved, loved, loved the idea of a town called Christmas, and the comedy about it not living up to it's name made me enjoy reading about it so much. But seriously, wouldn't it be amazing to live in a town with a name and structure like that? I would love to be a resident there... The cast of characters was... likeable. I mean it, I liked everyone who appeared (although I couldn't understand some's way of thinking), and Finley was lovely narrator. This book was written in first person. Arthur was so polite and also mysterious but visible at the same time, it was pleasure to read about him. Since this is ya book there is some teen angst and some drama, which I do get, because it is not easy to come home and see your bff making out with your ex bf. Who would accept it nonchalantly anyway? However, I couldn't understand Finley's mother for the life of me. Like, you didn't see your daughter for months and now when she's home you're not there?? Other than that, everything was sweet, funny, cute... delightful. Especially those cute moments between Finley and Arthur, and the end scene... it was just so... cute!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This YA Christmas Romance by Tracy Andreen was sooo cute. Finley may have slightly exaggerated the charm of her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to her not so welcoming boarding school classmates up in Connecticut. When she flies home after a sad incident, unsure if she wants to return, Arthur, a posh British classmate follows, believing her false hype that Christmas, Oklahoma is the merry winter wonderland of the Route 66 corridor. Finley is then forced to cobble together fun Christmas experienc This YA Christmas Romance by Tracy Andreen was sooo cute. Finley may have slightly exaggerated the charm of her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to her not so welcoming boarding school classmates up in Connecticut. When she flies home after a sad incident, unsure if she wants to return, Arthur, a posh British classmate follows, believing her false hype that Christmas, Oklahoma is the merry winter wonderland of the Route 66 corridor. Finley is then forced to cobble together fun Christmas experiences (5 candy canes for the awesome reindeer scene!!), and even though they profess not to like each other one bit, the chemistry between her and Arthur is pretty adorable. This was the perfect Hallmark type read, set in an economically hard-hit Oklahoma town (I love unique settings like this), with the perfect dose of Christmas cheer. I loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becca Freeman

    I picked this up on a lark based on the name and the fact that the author writes Hallmark Christmas movies, and I was not disappointed! This is a very cute Christmas YA book. A lot of Christmas books feel overly-saccharine to me, but this one struck the right balance. Finley goes home from her elite East Coast boarding school to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma for Christmas break only to find out that one of her classmates has brought his aunt to celebrate the holiday at her family's inn aft I picked this up on a lark based on the name and the fact that the author writes Hallmark Christmas movies, and I was not disappointed! This is a very cute Christmas YA book. A lot of Christmas books feel overly-saccharine to me, but this one struck the right balance. Finley goes home from her elite East Coast boarding school to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma for Christmas break only to find out that one of her classmates has brought his aunt to celebrate the holiday at her family's inn after seeing the fabricated photos she put on the town's website to gain points with her snooty classmates. Tons of imperfect family drama, crushes, and quirky small-town Christmas fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Super cute and wholesome Christmas romance! So, This Is Christmas follows Finley during her first winter break after leaving her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to attend a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. When she gets home, a lot has changed: her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. Not to mention one of her posh British classmates just appeared on the doorstep of her grandmother's inn, ex Super cute and wholesome Christmas romance! So, This Is Christmas follows Finley during her first winter break after leaving her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to attend a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. When she gets home, a lot has changed: her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. Not to mention one of her posh British classmates just appeared on the doorstep of her grandmother's inn, expecting a perfect American Christmas. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. PS there's no love triangle - the archnemesis isn't the beginning of an enemies to lovers arc lmao. The love interest is the British one ;D I thought this book was very heartwarming and a feel-good read perfect for Christmastime! Seeing FInley's relationship with Arthur develop was so adorably cute - I just love the two of them each other so much. They got to learn a lot more about each other over this holiday break together, and the various holiday activities they did together made everything feel like a cheesy, romantic Hallmark movie (in a good way!). This makes sense because the author actually writes Hallmark movies lol. Outside of the romance, the book focuses a lot on family and friendship. It was great to see reconciliation and mature conversations between family/friends, and how everything came together in the end made me super happy. The book talks about resilience (specifically when it comes to school and relationships), and I really liked it! Also, there was sapphic rep in this book which I'm all for. It's between two side characters and i"ll admit, it did come as a surprise because I thought the romance was going in a completely different direction but yk what, I live for it. Sapphic supremacy y'all. This relationship plays a major part in the story, and honestly it was great to see. Those two are so cute. I will note that a lot of the tension surrounding this relationship was related to coming out (it wasn't like a "oh hey these two side characters got together" kind of thing, this relationship had its own obstacles and difficulties). Even though I'm sapphic, I can't really speak on that aspect of the plot/how well it was done, so it's not really my place to make an evaluation. I did like the discussions around homophobia still persisting til this day, even if some parts of the world seem more accepting than others. This isn't a 5-star read because I found myself enjoying the first 75% of the book more than the last 25%. The third-act conflict and its resolution wasn't my favorite, but it still gave off those iconic Hallmark movie vibes. Nevertheless, I'd definitely recommend this book! Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen is a feel-good romcom filled with misadventures and Christmas cheer. The main character is easy to root for, and the book’s setting of Christmas, Oklahoma is vividly described, making for an immersive reading experience. This is the perfect book to celebrate the holidays, or Christmas in July. After posting misleading photos of her hometown, Christmas, Oklahoma, Finley never expects a boy from her prestigious boarding school t Full Review on The Candid Cover So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen is a feel-good romcom filled with misadventures and Christmas cheer. The main character is easy to root for, and the book’s setting of Christmas, Oklahoma is vividly described, making for an immersive reading experience. This is the perfect book to celebrate the holidays, or Christmas in July. After posting misleading photos of her hometown, Christmas, Oklahoma, Finley never expects a boy from her prestigious boarding school to show up with his aunt, expecting a perfect American Christmas. However, the town is far from the holiday paradise Finley made it out to be, and Christmas isn’t the same for her as her parents got a divorce and her best friend started dating her ex while she was away at school. As a distraction, and out of guilt for her visitors’ disappointment, she agrees to try her best to give them a magical Christmas anyway ❀ ENTERTAINING MAIN CHARACTER Finley is a realistic character, and I enjoyed tagging along on her tour of Christmas. I really felt for her, as she was always the smartest in school, but away at boarding school, she struggles with grades and with making friends. To make matters worse, she struggles to find her place back in her hometown, as so much has changed in the time she was away. Despite this, Finley is an entertaining character, and I loved reading about how hard she tries to make Arthur’s visit enjoyable. ❀ CHRISTMASSY ATMOSPHERE One of the book’s strongest elements is its Christmassy atmosphere. The author has done a fantastic job capturing all the charms of small-town Oklahoma, and I enjoyed the quirkiness of the entirely Christmas-themed town. Throughout the book, there are many vividly described festive activities, from a Christmas parade to a sleigh ride, and these had me itching to celebrate the holidays despite the current summer heat. ❀ FESTIVE MISHAPS So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen is an entertaining read about finding your place. I enjoyed the festive mishaps throughout the story, and the main character is relatable. Finley’s hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma jumps off the page, and the book’s generous helping of Christmas cheer makes it the perfect read to cozy up with over the holidays.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ta || bookishbluehead

    Okay, wow, this book caught me by surprise. I was in the mood for a fun and cute christmas story and that is exactly what I got! It reminded me so much of my favorite christmas movies and it gave me a warm and cozy feeling. I really liked our main character Finley and I think that I would have been friends with her, if I knew her. She was clever (except for a few times, where she acted way out of character) and nice and had a way to handle things, that felt very realistic for a teenage girl. I a Okay, wow, this book caught me by surprise. I was in the mood for a fun and cute christmas story and that is exactly what I got! It reminded me so much of my favorite christmas movies and it gave me a warm and cozy feeling. I really liked our main character Finley and I think that I would have been friends with her, if I knew her. She was clever (except for a few times, where she acted way out of character) and nice and had a way to handle things, that felt very realistic for a teenage girl. I also fell in love with Arthur in the first few chapters and I was so happy with him as a love interest. This book gave me a lot of emotions and I was quite okay with that. I laughed, I cried and in the end I may even shed some happy tears. What I enjoyed most was, that there was more to that story than the romance. Finley had some other stuff she had to deal with and it was nice to see the focus shifting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    A charming YA small-town holiday romance. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator but the actual story was entertaining and had a lot of depth. I loved the queer grandma story line and that it's set in a small mid-western town called 'Christmas' that plays host to a British teen boy and his aunt who are keen to experience a quintessential American Christmas (reindeer sleigh rides and roasted chestnuts included). Cute and lots of feel-good Hallmark vibes. A charming YA small-town holiday romance. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator but the actual story was entertaining and had a lot of depth. I loved the queer grandma story line and that it's set in a small mid-western town called 'Christmas' that plays host to a British teen boy and his aunt who are keen to experience a quintessential American Christmas (reindeer sleigh rides and roasted chestnuts included). Cute and lots of feel-good Hallmark vibes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    emma.bookss

    thank you penguin teen for this arc in exchange for my review. this book is the definition of a hallmark movie in ya book format. and i am LIVING for it! this book is the perfect christmas read, and is essential for everyone to read when holiday season is here. this book is so fluffy, cute, funny, and the romance is to die for! also, so many things i didn’t see coming, and let me tell you guys, you will be SO surprised in all the best ways :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    You can always go home, right? But Finley was surprised to find many things had changed in her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma since she left. The biggest surprise was finding one of her classmates staying at her grandmother’s inn, and he was hoping for the Christmas she created to impress her boarding school peers. Finley was determined to fill Arthur’s holiday with lots of cheer, and along the way, she figured out many important things about herself. I love holiday books, and this one was packe You can always go home, right? But Finley was surprised to find many things had changed in her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma since she left. The biggest surprise was finding one of her classmates staying at her grandmother’s inn, and he was hoping for the Christmas she created to impress her boarding school peers. Finley was determined to fill Arthur’s holiday with lots of cheer, and along the way, she figured out many important things about herself. I love holiday books, and this one was packed with charm and lots of shenanigans. This story really took off for me when Arthur and Finley embarked on their Christmas adventures. Most didn’t necessarily go as planned, but they sure were a lot of fun. I promise, the reindeer farm will make you giddy. And did I tell you the twins’ names were Drakkar and Axe? *hee, hee* There’s more where that came from. As amusing as all that was, I delighted in the friendship that grew between Finley and Arthur. Arthur came off a bit stuffy and maybe even haughty at first, but he had layers. Under it all, he was gem. It was wonderful discovering all the best bits of him, and by the end of the book, he owned my heart. Finley was complicated too. She was a big fish in a small pond who was struggling at boarding school, both academically and socially. Her desire to give up was something she grappled with during this story, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Returning home had her looking at her old life in a new way, and I was glad to see her grow quite a bit. She opened her eyes a bit wider, noticed some things that were always there, and expanded her inner circle in surprising ways. There were so many elements that made this a warm and fuzzy treat. The focus on family, friendship, and community was wonderful, and I loved knowing what was next for all the main players. I was pretty excited to learn that there is going to be a sequel for this book. I googled and could not find any details, but I WANT TO KNOW!!! I am hoping we go back to school with Arthur, Finley, and another character from this book. I want to spend more time with them, but if that’s not in the cards, I am glad we had this book. It was fun and sweet, and packed with holiday cheer. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    An original and adorable YA Christmas crush-romance! I really enjoyed this story and the family storyline woven in with the chaste teen romance. Librarian note: there is no alcohol or drug use by main characters, but it is witnessed and referred to in relation to peers. There is no sexual activity by main characters but a teen pregnancy is referred to and making out is witnessed. Main character has just turned 16.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    This book is as cute as a gingerbread house. When Finley returns home for Christmas unexpectedly to her hometown of Christmas, OK, she finds two unpleasant surprises - her parents have separated and her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend. The town of Christmas, OK, has seen better days. After someone embezzled all the money, their Christmas-themed attractions have fallen into disrepair. But when Finley went off to an exclusive boarding school, she jazzed up the town website to make it look b This book is as cute as a gingerbread house. When Finley returns home for Christmas unexpectedly to her hometown of Christmas, OK, she finds two unpleasant surprises - her parents have separated and her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend. The town of Christmas, OK, has seen better days. After someone embezzled all the money, their Christmas-themed attractions have fallen into disrepair. But when Finley went off to an exclusive boarding school, she jazzed up the town website to make it look better than it was to help her conquer her own insecurities. But that has consequences she never foresaw. When her British classmate, Arthur, and his aunt show up at her family’s inn over Christmas break expecting a perfect American Christmas, Finley feels bad. Also, she needs a distraction from her personal woes. She plans an array of Christmas activities for them, discovering along the way that Arthur’s maybe not as bad as she thought. As a native Okie, I love that the book is set here. The author did a great job of capturing small town Oklahoma vibes. With the grandma starting the inn as a young single mother to provide for her son - Finley’s dad - I got definite Gilmore Girls vibes. This is the perfect Christmas read. It’s got a cute concept, great characters, romantic vibes and tons of Christmassy cheer. From a sleigh ride gone wrong to burning cookies, this book is wholesomely adorable. You can tell the author has a background in Hallmark Christmas specials. Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe (readandwright) Wright

    Thank you Viking Books and Penguin Teen for my copy! All thoughts are my own! The cover alone made me want to read this book! I usually love a small town romance, but unfortunately this book was just okay for me. I was happy to read a Christmas novel with a diverse group of characters and it had all the festive vibes, but it won’t be a new favorite. Synopsis: “When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Chr Thank you Viking Books and Penguin Teen for my copy! All thoughts are my own! The cover alone made me want to read this book! I usually love a small town romance, but unfortunately this book was just okay for me. I was happy to read a Christmas novel with a diverse group of characters and it had all the festive vibes, but it won’t be a new favorite. Synopsis: “When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn't changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother's inn. And she certainly didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. It's up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley's Christmas. It's about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love.” —NetGalley What I Liked: The Cover—I just need everyone to appreciate how lovely the cover of this book is. I think it will draw people in! The Festive Vibes—It’s a Christmas book set in a town called Christmas. You are going to feel cold and happy and cozy while reading this book. The Side Characters—I was a big fan of the side characters in this book! Ayisha, Esha, Grandma Jo were all great! It was nice to have a wlw romance represented and a diverse group of characters! What Didn’t Work: The Romance—Insta love…but also a weird slow burn? I can’t explain it correctly. I didn’t feel any chemistry between Arthur and Finley, personally. The Pacing—It was too slow for me and wrapped up too quickly in the end. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had taken place at their boarding school! Cliches that Made Me Uncomfortable—There were a couple cliches/language used in this book that made me unsure if they were appropriate or necessary. The treatment of a character experiencing homelessness (avoid jail by dressing as an elf??) was a big one. I try not to be too sensitive of a reader but I can’t ignore my gut reactions. Content Warnings: Toxic friendship, parental separation Character Authenticity: 2/5 Steam Rating: N/A (YA genre) Overall Rating: 3/5

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    This was such a fun Christmas read! I really enjoyed getting into the world of Christmas, Oklahoma. It’s not initially as quaint as it sounds, but as you get to know the characters in the town the charm is obvious. Moving past that though, I really loved the romance between the main characters. It was a little enemies to lovers - my weakness trope - but a softer version. Arthur, the hero in the story, is just such a fun character! I really loved his oddities and quirks, and even his British grand This was such a fun Christmas read! I really enjoyed getting into the world of Christmas, Oklahoma. It’s not initially as quaint as it sounds, but as you get to know the characters in the town the charm is obvious. Moving past that though, I really loved the romance between the main characters. It was a little enemies to lovers - my weakness trope - but a softer version. Arthur, the hero in the story, is just such a fun character! I really loved his oddities and quirks, and even his British grandpa-like speaking. Finley was at times a difficult character to connect with, but overall it was great to see how she grew through the book! Her revelation at the end (which I won’t go into - no spoilers) really helps things to fall into place. If you enjoy Christmas romances, a small town setting, and really fun but quirky characters, this is the Christmas romance for you! ‼️Some language in this one. My rating: 4* —- Thanks to NetGalleyShelf and the publisher for gifting me this copy. All opinions expressed on my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Perhaps she told a tiny lie back at her prestigious East Coast boarding school to the snobs before going home for what she anticipates will be the dreariest Christmas ever. But, that was before she finds herself showing an English guy what a small town American Christmas is all about and learns a thing or two herself along the away. I was looking for a Young Adult holiday charmer and I got it in a debut author’s engaging story. My full review will post at Books of My Heart on Dec 15th

  15. 5 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    This book sounds adorable and perfect for the holiday season! Blog | Twitter | Instagram This book sounds adorable and perfect for the holiday season! Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  16. 5 out of 5

    Em

    This book somehow managed to have every trope I don't like in a story. Incredulous Americans who are weirded out by other cultures. Overly dramatic heroines who take everything as a personal attack. Privileged kids complaining about how privileged they are. It grated, big time. There are a couple of sweet moments and the background wlw rep was nice but Finley was too much for me and it just made reading this book a chore. If Arthur or Ayisha had been the main character, I might have enjoyed this This book somehow managed to have every trope I don't like in a story. Incredulous Americans who are weirded out by other cultures. Overly dramatic heroines who take everything as a personal attack. Privileged kids complaining about how privileged they are. It grated, big time. There are a couple of sweet moments and the background wlw rep was nice but Finley was too much for me and it just made reading this book a chore. If Arthur or Ayisha had been the main character, I might have enjoyed this more - they had so much personality! - but with Finley in the lead, I couldn't stand it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey thelittlereadingmermaid

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a cute YA holiday romance. I did enjoy the elaborate Christmas descriptions and it felt like I was really in Christmas, Oklahoma. It was so cute, and I also deeply appreciated the LGBTQ+ representation in this one. It was unexpected and really refreshing. Ultimately, though, it was a slow read. I found myself skimming over too much description and trying to get to the dialogue. I wanted more of Finley and Arthur. It just seemed like this book could have been… a bit shorter. Seemed like th This was a cute YA holiday romance. I did enjoy the elaborate Christmas descriptions and it felt like I was really in Christmas, Oklahoma. It was so cute, and I also deeply appreciated the LGBTQ+ representation in this one. It was unexpected and really refreshing. Ultimately, though, it was a slow read. I found myself skimming over too much description and trying to get to the dialogue. I wanted more of Finley and Arthur. It just seemed like this book could have been… a bit shorter. Seemed like there was quite a bit of useless filler and I skimmed through those parts and still didn’t miss anything big.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    This book was super sweet and I highly recommend for fans of the holidays! The book follows a teenager by the name of Finley Brown who lives in a small town named “Christmas” in Oklahoma. When she comes back for the holidays after going to school in a boarding school, she comes to learn that everything has changed. When Arthur and his Aunt come to visit Christmas Oklahoma, Finley’s false advertising about the town comes to bite her back. So, she must make Arthur’s Christmas fun. This book was so This book was super sweet and I highly recommend for fans of the holidays! The book follows a teenager by the name of Finley Brown who lives in a small town named “Christmas” in Oklahoma. When she comes back for the holidays after going to school in a boarding school, she comes to learn that everything has changed. When Arthur and his Aunt come to visit Christmas Oklahoma, Finley’s false advertising about the town comes to bite her back. So, she must make Arthur’s Christmas fun. This book was so cute and is such a good read for the winter. The characters are so fun, the plots really cute. And, the most important part, the vibes are immaculate. To make this even better…THERES ROMANCE! If you like Christmassy-hallmark vibe books then definitely give this a try.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diza (Diana G.)

    4.5 🌟 Finley Brown studies in a boarding school and had no plans to return home for holiday vacations, but something happened and she goes to Chrismas, Oklahoma, her hometown. There she finds out, things have change a little bit -maybe more than that- and she got unexpected visitors in her grandma's inn. Arthur and his aunt Esha like to celebrate Christmas. They heard about a city with Christmas theme, attractions, parades and more, but didnt know that was not all th thrut. Finley is in troubles bec 4.5 🌟 Finley Brown studies in a boarding school and had no plans to return home for holiday vacations, but something happened and she goes to Chrismas, Oklahoma, her hometown. There she finds out, things have change a little bit -maybe more than that- and she got unexpected visitors in her grandma's inn. Arthur and his aunt Esha like to celebrate Christmas. They heard about a city with Christmas theme, attractions, parades and more, but didnt know that was not all th thrut. Finley is in troubles because of that, and she tries to give them the perfect Christmas ever without knowing what will happen. I like this story so much, is easy to read, and really connected with most of the characters and the development they had through the story. Each little adventure they all got its funny and refresh. There are some cute moments, and ships since the firsts chapters. Altought, I gotta say that i wanted to know a little bit more about the end, with that the book was an absolutely 5-star. But definitely, if I get the chance, i'll re-read it in holidays. Thank you so much for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

    Cute, sweet, and funny. Would make a really excellent Christmas rom-com movie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of So, This Is Christmas in exchange for an honest review! So, This Is Christmas was a perfectly fine read; it did take a minute for me to care about what was going on, but after awhile the characters grew on me & I started rooting for the romance. My favorite part of this book was what I went in wanting which was the Christmas vibes. There's reindeer, a Christmas parade & more Christmas festivities that take place. Exactly what I needed to Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of So, This Is Christmas in exchange for an honest review! So, This Is Christmas was a perfectly fine read; it did take a minute for me to care about what was going on, but after awhile the characters grew on me & I started rooting for the romance. My favorite part of this book was what I went in wanting which was the Christmas vibes. There's reindeer, a Christmas parade & more Christmas festivities that take place. Exactly what I needed to get into the Christmas spirit!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Breanna💘

    Adorable!!! As a girl from Oklahoma, this hit a special spot for me. The little Easter eggs like the Chickasha lights and Norman ice rink etc were a sweet treat to read. It was like little pieces of realism mixed in with made up tidbits of familiar places and things in Oklahoma. The story was cute and the characters were fun. Definitely a light, sweet holiday romance read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meg GlitteryOtters

    4.5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    So, This Is Christmas is full of festive spirit, small-town charm, and adorable romance as one girl returns home for the holidays to find many things are different than they were before, including her insufferable and handsome (not to mention British) classmate who might not be as bad as she thought he was.👀😍🎄 Overall, this was a super cute YA romance with warm Southern charm and holiday cheer! I could definitely see this as a Hallmark-like Christmas movie filled with seasonal activities, unexpec So, This Is Christmas is full of festive spirit, small-town charm, and adorable romance as one girl returns home for the holidays to find many things are different than they were before, including her insufferable and handsome (not to mention British) classmate who might not be as bad as she thought he was.👀😍🎄 Overall, this was a super cute YA romance with warm Southern charm and holiday cheer! I could definitely see this as a Hallmark-like Christmas movie filled with seasonal activities, unexpected romance, and sentimental heart.🤗 It did read a little young for me, but if you are in the mood for a light, fun pick me up read this winter, add this one to your list! It will bring a smile to your face!🥰 *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* [TW: Mentions of Harry Potter]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    I quite enjoyed this YA holiday read by @tracy_andreen that made me laugh out loud a handful of times. There's a great balance of humor and heartfelt familial love throughout. A little teenage love affair too goes a long way for my romance loving heart. Finley goes home to Christmas, OK, with little interest to return to her elite boarding school. Her academic struggles and next to no social life makes the permanent return to her small town appealing. The only trouble is that home life is unexpec I quite enjoyed this YA holiday read by @tracy_andreen that made me laugh out loud a handful of times. There's a great balance of humor and heartfelt familial love throughout. A little teenage love affair too goes a long way for my romance loving heart. Finley goes home to Christmas, OK, with little interest to return to her elite boarding school. Her academic struggles and next to no social life makes the permanent return to her small town appealing. The only trouble is that home life is unexpectedly topsy-turvy and one of her classmates, Arthur, has decided to visit Christmas for a quaint holiday with his aunt and Finley is objectively responsible for that impending disaster. Pretending her hometown is an idyllic retreat might just blow up in her face unless she can scramble to give them the holiday dream she promised. The blurb basically said fans of Sarah Dessen - who is a long time YA favorite for me - would enjoy this and I have to agree. The narrator, Helen Laser, brought to life the sarcasm that only a teenager (or smart mouth like me) can have and had me cracking up. The full range of Finley's emotions was done so well. Thank you to @prhaudio for the alc. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    So, This Is Christmas is a beautiful holiday romance set in a small town called Christmas. It is an incredibly wholesome story full of festive fun, a hint of comedy and most importantly, a holiday romance (or two). I am a sucker for a Christmas romance, be that a novel or a movie, and this book did not disappoint. It is told from the POV of Finley, who has come home from boarding school for the holiday season, she expects everything to be the same as she left it a few months previously, but that So, This Is Christmas is a beautiful holiday romance set in a small town called Christmas. It is an incredibly wholesome story full of festive fun, a hint of comedy and most importantly, a holiday romance (or two). I am a sucker for a Christmas romance, be that a novel or a movie, and this book did not disappoint. It is told from the POV of Finley, who has come home from boarding school for the holiday season, she expects everything to be the same as she left it a few months previously, but that is not the case. For one, Arthur, a boy from Finley’s boarding school, and his aunt are spending the Christmas holidays at Finley’s Grandmothers inn and its up to Finley to make sure they have the perfect Christmas. Finley and Arthur were so likable that it wasn’t hard to get sucked into this story. I particularly enjoyed Finley’s fun narrative as it made it easy to get lost in the story. Both Arthur and Finley have such a beautiful character growth throughout the story and it really warmed my heart to see the changes within the two of them. I genuinely felt like I was watching a Christmas romcom play out in my head and I loved it! This is the perfect book for Christmas and I cannot wait for December so I can experience this story all over again. Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was so much fun! It was adorable but not entirely light and fluffy either. Finley has to deal with some seriously heavy secrets. Finley couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown Christmas, Oklahoma. Her mother strongly encouraged it too. When Finley got accepted to a very prestigious school in another state, she left in a heartbeat. She wasn’t expecting it to be so hard. School had always been a breeze for her but now she’s spending all of her time studying and barely passing. She doesn’ This book was so much fun! It was adorable but not entirely light and fluffy either. Finley has to deal with some seriously heavy secrets. Finley couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown Christmas, Oklahoma. Her mother strongly encouraged it too. When Finley got accepted to a very prestigious school in another state, she left in a heartbeat. She wasn’t expecting it to be so hard. School had always been a breeze for her but now she’s spending all of her time studying and barely passing. She doesn’t have any friends at school either and now she can’t wait to go home. It’s Christmas break and she’s surprising her parents and grandmother with a visit. She’s also planning to ask if she can move back home. What she isn’t expecting is a bunch of huge surprises when she gets home. Her mom isn’t there. Her parents having been living in different states for the past couple of months. Her mom wasn’t even planning to come home for Christmas. Her best friend is now dating her ex boyfriend and neither one of them told her about it. She just saw them kissing right after getting home. And another big surprise? Her classmate Arthur is staying at her family’s inn for Christmas with his aunt. The thing is, Finley actually doctored her hometown’s website to make Christmas look like an actual destination for the holidays. She just did it to impress people at school. And it worked on Arthur. He convinced his aunt that it was the perfect place to experience a true American Christmas. When he shows up and nothing is as it seemed, he makes Finley promise to make all of her lies about the town a reality. He wants sledding, snow, chestnuts on an open fire, he wants the Christmas he thought he was getting. He feels like he owes it to his aunt who has always been there for him. As Finley spends more time with Arthur, she starts enjoying it. She actually wants to give him the Christmas he’s dreaming of, not because she owes him but because he deserves it. You’ll love Arthur, he’s a wonderful character. There’s a lot of great characters in this book. It is very christmassy, it’s heartwarming and funny too. This is one of the best holiday books I’ve read so far this year. I see that it’s going to be a series and I am definitely going to read book two!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacob the Bookworm

    Finley Brown expected her small hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to be the same as when she left it. However, she could not be more wrong. Even though the town still looks the same, she barely recognizes the place that she left so many months ago. She soon learns that a boy from school is staying at her grandmother's inn for Christmas. It's not just any boy, it's Arthur. Arthur who she does not quite get along with. When Arthur finds out what Christmas looks like at Christmas from the town's webs Finley Brown expected her small hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma to be the same as when she left it. However, she could not be more wrong. Even though the town still looks the same, she barely recognizes the place that she left so many months ago. She soon learns that a boy from school is staying at her grandmother's inn for Christmas. It's not just any boy, it's Arthur. Arthur who she does not quite get along with. When Arthur finds out what Christmas looks like at Christmas from the town's website page, he's eager for Finley to show him what an American Christmas looks like. Finley might have stretched the truth about the town...a lot. Nonetheless, she is determined to not disappoint him too much. However, she soon learns that she does not dislike Arthur as much as she originally thought, and the two grow to tolerate each other more than they once did. She's determined to help show Arthur what a Christmas in Christmas, Oklahoma looks like, but she'll face some hurdles and grow some along the way. This was the first Christmas-themed romance that I had ever read, and it is safe to say that it did not disappoint. I loved the characters, especially Finley. Finley's an overachiever who was always seen as the smart girl at home. But she soon learns that she's average at best, and she struggles to keep up with the lofty demands of her prestigious boarding school. She returns home defeated and ready to quit, but she grows up over the break realizes that that's not what she should do. This book made me laugh at parts and filled me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that I fully expected from this book. There were still some heartfelt, poignant moments as well, and they really helped bring the story together. I was super excited when I learned that there will be a second one, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amin

    Rating: 4.2⭐ Thanks for buddy reading with me @bellescastlelibrary ❤ ✳️If you are searching for a book to get you in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend the book, 'So This is Christmas' written by Tracy Andreen. This book gave me the whole holiday vibe and it was like watching a Christmas RomCom movie.✳️ ✳️Finely Brown has finally decided to return to her hometown 'Christmas' in Oklahoma for the Christmas holidays. She was the only girl in town to be admitted to an elite boarding school, the Bar Rating: 4.2⭐ Thanks for buddy reading with me @bellescastlelibrary ❤ ✳️If you are searching for a book to get you in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend the book, 'So This is Christmas' written by Tracy Andreen. This book gave me the whole holiday vibe and it was like watching a Christmas RomCom movie.✳️ ✳️Finely Brown has finally decided to return to her hometown 'Christmas' in Oklahoma for the Christmas holidays. She was the only girl in town to be admitted to an elite boarding school, the Barrington Academy. But when she got back, things weren't the same as she knew. 🔸Her parents are on the verge of separation. 🔸And her friend turned enemy, Ayisha now works at her grandma's Hoydenn Inn. 🔸And to complicate further, her best friend Mia is dating her ex boyfriend Brody.✳️ ✳️But what made things much more complicated was Arthur, her classmate from Barrington. She never expected to see Arthur at Hoydenn Inn and that too with his Aunt. When she learned that he came to 'Christmas' to celebrate the Christmas holidays by seeing the town's website, Finley was shocked. It was she who fabricated the photos on the website thinking it might give her a chance to get friends at Barrington. If Arthur and his Aunt have not had the Christmas that they wanted, he's gonna tell everyone at school the truth. And now, it's all in Finleys's hands.✳️ ✳️A town named 'Christmas', wow. After reading this book, I searched and found that there are actually towns that are named Christmas. The whole story was narrated by Finley, and it was so impressive. I really loved the way she wrote the story. It was funny, sarcastic and cute. Perhaps I enjoyed this book so much was because of my less expectations. I don't know, but all the characters were so adorable. Grandma Jo, Esha, Ayisha, Stevie, Brody. But Mia, she was a bitch. Anyway, this is a perfect book for the holidays and I am sure that you will love it.✳️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Spedden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *I received a free eARC of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* So, This Is Christmas is the perfect book. If you’ve seen Stefan on SNL he has the perfect line “This book has EVERYTHING” because it really does. The book has the perfect amount of teen angst that isn’t just focused on a girl having a crush on a boy or not liking him at all. It follows Finley as she decides to go home for Christmas only to find out her parents have separated and didn’t tell h *I received a free eARC of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* So, This Is Christmas is the perfect book. If you’ve seen Stefan on SNL he has the perfect line “This book has EVERYTHING” because it really does. The book has the perfect amount of teen angst that isn’t just focused on a girl having a crush on a boy or not liking him at all. It follows Finley as she decides to go home for Christmas only to find out her parents have separated and didn’t tell her, and that her best friend is dating her ex boyfriend and hadn’t bothered to say anything. So when she shows up she’s in for a rude awakening. On top of that she might have changed the town website to lie about how nice Christmas was to the people at her school only for Arthur to show up with his aunt expecting everything on the website to be true. The book isn’t just a normal ‘love story’ either. Sure it has the two characters that dislike each other and end up falling in love which is one of the best kinds of tropes. But it as Finley’s Grandma Jo having a relationship with Arthurs aunt. Something that Finley had never been aware of. So it has a sixteen year old coming to terms with how different the people she loves are and that everyone deserves to be happy and shouldn’t be hiding who they truly are. The book was all around amazing and I loved that it had so many teachable moments to show that kindness and being true to yourself are what you really need in life. Even if it isn’t included in a box I would recommend reading it or sharing it with subscribers because it was fantastic.

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