Author: Candace Jane Kringle
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Self Published (Oct. 2, 2012)
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 3 Stars!
MEET SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD CANDYCANE CLAUS. She's the most popular girl at North Pole High. Her father is world-famous. And every day is Christmas. What more could any girl want?
BOYS! And the new boy, Rudy Tutti, is hot chocolate. But he hates anything to do with Christmas!
When Candy and Rudy are forced to work together on a school Christmas-tree project, her world is turned upside down: Her grades start to suffer, she loses her taste for ice cream, and now the two North-Star-cross'd teens must contend with her overprotective father — Santa Claus — before Christmas is ruined for EVERYONE!
I knew this was going to be one of those fun cutesy reads going into it but I wasn't expecting how adorable it was going to be. Really this was just one of those reads that make you smile because it is so silly.
The silly names, the silly expressions, the fact that penguins are chefs and the reindeer all talk, okay maybe the reindeer don't talk but they umm, do poo chocolate! , And the feasts all have no less than a fourteen million calorie count requirement.
And while the story was rather silly the actual story line about a boy, Rudy being thrown into a town where he doesn't fit in and is considered the 'bad boy” of the group has a very real YA feel to it. Candycane is the typical popular girl all the other girls want to be, the one boys all want to be with and of course the one Rudy wants to be with even though she is already taken, just with the super twist of being completely fun and not so full of teenage angst that a typical YA love triangle would have. I really liked the storyline though. About how one person can make you see the world in a different way. Can make you see what is really there and how things can be.
And while this might have been just a little over the top is was actually a really fun, clean holiday read that had me laughing quite a few times with the silly expressions, just enough romance to make it enjoyable and one read I think a lot of people would actually enjoy this time of year for something different and not your usual YA read. It is one of those reads that is purely for fun but puts you in the mood for some good holiday cheer and will leave you with a big goofy grin on your face for the craziness of it all.