Small Book Review : New Year’s Kiss by Lee Matthews

Book : New Year’s Kiss

Author : Lee Matthews 

Genre : Contemporary

Personal Rating : 3.85/5 ⭐

Publisher : Underlined, Penguin Random House

Publication Date : 1st of December, 2020

Many thanks to Penguin Random House International #partner for providing me with a free review copy of New Year’s Kiss! 💕 It’s a fun and upbeat original romance about a girl who has a New Year’s resolution to make the coming year epic in every way—and is willing to put herself out there for love.

Tess and her opinionated older sister Lauren are spending the week after Christmas at the snowy Evergreen Lodge in Vermont and they aren’t happy about it. Their stern grandmother, who owns the holiday resort, is not known for her warmth and good humor. But when shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher in the lobby, things are suddenly looking up. And when she decides to get out of her comfort zone and create a bucket list of things to accomplish before the New Year-like singing in public and skiing a black-diamond slope-Christopher is happy to help, even as he keeps a secret that could turn everything upside down. When the ball drops, will Tess and Christopher share a magical kiss-or will Tess start the new year off alone?

This was such an adorable YA romance. Since one of my 2020 resolutions was to delve into books outside the YA sphere, I ended up not reading a lot of YA books in the last few months. New Year’s Kiss made me fall in love with YA all over again. I really missed the warmth of cheesy, lovey-dovey books! 💜

I’ve always loved reading books which center around bucket lists, which is why reading New Year’s Kiss was such a treat! The main character, Tess, makes a list of things to accomplish before New Year, with her newest friend Christopher. It was very fascinating to see them crossing out different things along the way. I couldn’t wait to see what steps Tess would take to complete the task for the list to be complete. The plot was filled with twists and turns, which were predictable most of the time, but the drama was just what I needed in a book back then. :’)

Tess was a likable character, but her selfish nature really annoyed me throughout the story. I wanted to see little more of character development from her side. Her issues with her parents were a pivotal point behind her breakdowns, so I wish the author provided a closure regarding that space before the book ended.  Nevertheless, New Year’s Kiss was a very enjoyable holiday read. It’s the perfect story to cozy up to during the winter season. 

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