Book Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A cute romance with a predictable, but lovable, storyline.

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Premise (from Goodreads)

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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Review (No Spoilers)

This book had been on my TBR for a really long time. So long, in fact, that I totally forgot what it was even about. When I started reading and found out the main character was in a time loop I was like “wait, what?”

The reason I finally got around to reading it was because I’ve recently started trying to listen to more audiobooks and this book was available on Scribd, so I decided to try it out. Prior to this month, I had basically only listened to audiobooks of books that I had already read before (or watched an adaptation of). The reasoning behind this is that I have a habit of spacing out and so if I already know the plot, I don’t have to worry about missing valuable information when this happens. I figured the only way I could get better at listening to audiobooks was to actually try to listen to audiobooks and a cute romance seemed like a good stepping off point.

In a Holidaze starts out with our foolishly relatable protagonist, Mae, making a terrible mistake: she drunkenly makes out with the brother of the man that she’s been in love with for years. And that’s just the beginning of the downhill slope that is her Christmas vacation. As her family drives away from the cabin for what they learn is the last time, Mae prays for the universe to help show her what will make her happy. The car crashes, and suddenly she finds herself back on the plane, heading to the cabin for the start of their Christmas holiday.

As soon as I realized that Mae was in a groundhog day situation (remember, I had completely forgotten the plot and went into this book thinking it was just a standard holiday romance novel), I ran over to my partner and basically started yelling “YOOO DO YOU KNOW THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A FREAKING TIME LOOP?!” I guess you could say, I was pretty excited (and a bit wary, I’ll admit) about where the book was going to head.

While the beginning tag line of the blurb sounds like this is going to be a love triangle type of story, it actually handles that part of the plot very well. And while the main plot deals with Mae and her love interest navigating these new romantic waters, I’d argue that book is actually about life-long friendships, and how if a relationship is worth it, it will survive even the toughest of situations.

Not only do we follow Mae as she explores romance, but we are also blessed to witness all the beautiful relationships that she grew up taking for granted. Her parents may be divorced, but they’re on great terms with each other and still spend every Christmas with their friend group from college. The glimpses that we get of how comfortable these adults (along with their now-adult children) are around each other were some of my favorite parts of the book. It seemed to be written proof that platonic relationships are just as valuable (if not more valuable) than romantic ones. You don’t have to be afraid of what the future holds if you are surrounded by people who will always love and support you.

In a Holidaze is a book that is perhaps one of the most wholesome stories I have ever read, and despite its predictable nature, I loved basically every minute of it.


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