Christmas Review: 10 Blind Dates

It’s my last Christmas review on the day after the last day of Christmas!

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Four out of Five Stars!

My Completely Spoiler Free Review:

This was such a cute book! I wasn’t expecting to love it so much so this is a great surprise. Was it maybe a bit obvious/predictable? Yes. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing in a Christmas book. You want a happily ever after and you get it here. I also loved Sophie’s family and how invested in her happiness they were.

My Completely Spoiler Ridden Review:

Here comes my last 12 Reads From 12 Friends review of 2020. It was such a fun challenge reading a book a month from a friend that I’ve decided to continue on with this practise in 2021! Now, on with the review.

10 Blind Dates is a book that is exactly as it sounds. It follows Sophie after her and her boyfriend Griffin break up right when Christmas break begins. Because of this shitty timing, her very large extended family decides to get her mind off him by setting her up on 10 blind dates over the holiday season. And honestly, it’s a lot of fun. She goes on some weird dates with some questionable suitors, as well as some really cute dates with equally cute suitors. Of course, you know who she’s going to end up with almost right away, but I kind of loved that. I loved the slow, building relationship that she and Wes had over the break and I love that they got their HEA.

This is such a cheesy YA book, but in the best way possible. I was so close to giving it 5 stars, and I totally would have just for pure enjoyment factor, but there were some incorrect things that bothered me when it came to her sister’s extremely premature baby. That kid would have spent way more time in the NICU than the book says. But I get it, it all needs to fit into a condensed timeline so I’ll let it slide because everything else was so cute.

It’s such a fun Christmas book because it’s not overt Christmas like a lot of them. It’s a story that could probably take place any time of the year and still work, but because the backdrop is set at Christmas, it has this extra fun, extra cute vibe. Like how two of the dates are Christmas parties, one’s a winter carnival, and another is a concert on New Year’s Eve: all dates that give the book it’s setting and reinforce the timing. But this could take place in summer with slightly different dates and still be a totally viable book. Personally, I do think that the Christmas elevated the story that much more, but I could go either way.

Another thing that I think amped up the story was Sophie’s family. There were so many members in her family; aunts, uncles, cousins, more cousins, grandparents… All under one roof for Christmas and all committed to this fun blind date plan. Different members of the family chose different dates for Sophie. I think that was pretty damn cute and helpful of them (apart from the Evil Joes who added their own spice to the story). I also loved the dynamic between two of Sophie’s cousins, Wes, and herself. There’s some conflict there as they used to be close but then drifted apart. It’s good, workable, plot moving conflict that I loved and loved the resolution of even more. Overall, I think her family dynamic is what really made this book flow so well. The family trumps the whole blind date premise and Christmas vibes. Family just makes everything better.

So if you’re looking for a cute little Christmas story in 12 months, look no further than 10 Blind Dates! And I’ll say it again because a lot of people are surprised this is a Christmas book. 10. Blind. Dates.

Marked with an ‘M’

-Maddi

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