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Publisher's Note:

This sweet and magical romance about a girl who has just one wish--someone to kiss under the mistletoe--is the perfect holiday escape! Bailey Briggs is counting down the days to Christmas: she lives for holiday music, baking cookies, going on snowy sleigh rides,and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow's bookstore. But all she really wants this year is the one thing she doesn't …

All I Want for Christmas

by Wendy Loggia

Overall Book Review:

All I Want for Christmas is a short, young adult romance.  It is pure escapist fiction and heaven knows we certainly need that more than ever for Christmas 2020.  It is firmly set in the Christmas season and festivities with snow, Christmas trees, hot cocoa, cookie exchanges, and gift giving.  There are nods to some classic Christmas stories/movies.  The characters and plot are fairly formulaic, but for Hallmark-loving fans, this story will probably be enjoyable.

The main character, Bailey, is a junior in high school; she drives and is thinking about college.  This gives appeal to the older teenage reader, but on the flip side the romance is gentle so young romance lovers will find this story their speed, too.

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy provided by the Publisher

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 1 anatomical term. 

Violence/Gore:  Report of death of a grandparent a few years ago; report of a death of a pet a few months ago.

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to dating people in the past; reference to someone kissing someone in the past; characters notice how other characters look (attractive, etc.); girl thinks about kissing a boy, running fingers through a boy’s hair; a character is wearing a sweater with a “rooftop Santa n a questionable position”; a few separate comments about how a boy is “hot” and has a nice butt; girl and boy hold hands; boy and girl kiss on a few separate occasions (brief).

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

At a party someone shouts “No law when drinking White Claws”.

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!