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I love the holidays The gifting, decorating, music some of it, anyway , the baking, the parties and the sparkles I love all of it I read holiday themed stories, too, both in season and out Some of them are good, some are terrible, and a few fall into mediocre territory While Marni Bates Decked with Holly had a stellar recommendation and a happily ever after at Christmastime, it did not deliver that other important element I look for in contemporary YA a plausible, enjoyable story.Heroine Holly is that non endangered species, the YA clich she s ahem an orphan She also has evil stepsisters, a doting but largely absent grandfather, low self esteem, na vet , and she is pulled into crazy situations by her best friend Jen Did I mention that she s poor And her cousins call her Orphan Annie I could go on, really Dominic Wyatt, her supposed foil, is a rock star a la Justin Bieber or One Direction, and he just wants a break What is absolutely amazing read sarcasm is that he has no entourage and a pretty non existent family as well, which makes convenient and possible his availability on the same cruise as poor girl Holly Throw in some seasickness, some rabid fans and a large contingent of paparazzi again, how , and you ve got the makings of YA as wish fulfillment, sans charm or cohesion.As I alluded to above, what bothered me most about the story was its deadly combo of clich and implausibility I can appreciate a light, cute story with famous characters see Epic Fail, Jenna Jonah s Fauxmance However, when the plot has gaping holes, the characters seem to be made of cardboard, and there are no real surprises or obstacles to overcome or character development to be had, it s time to reevaluate.What did I like, then Well, I like Christmas I ve never considered going on a real vacation over a holiday except for that one time when I was in Spain for a semester does that count , but the setting of Christmas on a cruise ship was interesting I also thought that the characters had decent chemistry, even if their dialogue and interactions wouldn t win any awards And that is pretty much it.Recommended for those with an incurable desire for fluffy Christmas romances, and fans of Rachel Hawthorne s Snowed In or Love on the Lifts. What a cute, Christmassy, fake romance I love ya fake romances anyway, but this one was especially cute as it was set at Christmas There was plenty of humor and I liked the alternating viewpoints Both Holly and Dominic were fun to read about, and their meet cute was super funny and kind of gross at the same time Plotwise, it s very similar to When It s Real, and I think I liked that one , but this was still really really good @Download Book ¸ Decked with Holly ã Smartly Blending Of The Moment Pop Culture References And Timeless Themes, Bates Follows Her YA Debut, Awkward , With A Hilarious, Over The Top Adventure About A Teen Girl Who Becomes The Fake Girlfriend Of A Cute Rock StarTaking A Christmas Cruise With Her Two Cousins From Hell Isn T Holly S Idea Of A Good Time And When Seasickness Forces Her Into An Open Suite, She S Pepper Sprayed By A Gorgeous Guy Called Nick But When Holly Makes Her Exit, She S Greeted By A Horde Of Screaming Teenage Fans Because Nick Happens To Be Dominic Wyatt, Drummer For One Of The Hottest Bands In America Suddenly Rumours Are Swirling And Holly S Face Is Plastered All Over The Internet The Band Can T Risk A Scandal Destroying Their Family Friendly Image, So Dominic Convinces Holly To Be His Fake Girlfriend Just For Two Weeks How Bad Could It Be To Be Fauxmantically Involved With A Cute Rock Star She S About To Find Out 3.5 5 starsDecked with Holly is another cute read from Marni Bates In this novel, we ve got Holly Dayton, a 17 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather For christmas, her grandfather decides to take her as well as his other daughter s family on an 8 day cruise to Mexico Her aunt, along with her two daughters, are typical bullies masked in designer clothes, calorie counting, and makeup In other words, the cruise is an 8 day vacation in hell To Holly s delight, and Dominic s misfortune, they get photographed together while she was leaving his room after getting using his bathroom to rid herself of her seasickness This is when the story really moves Dominic is a member of the band ReadySet If you ve read Awkward by Marni Bates then you ll remember him from there The tabloids accuse him of hitting this mystery woman Holly , and in order to kill the rumors he strikes a deal with her to be his fake girlfriend From here on out, we all know the direction the novel will take, even the misunderstandings that occur on whether the behavior of the other person is for the cameras or there is some hint of real feelings behind it Since this novel is told from both Holly and Dominic s POVs you get to see how each one of them really feels and you just want to smack them and tell them to just get on with it and get together already While the back and forth banter between Dominic and Holly was very cute and resulted in a ton of funny situations, I just hoped we spenttime with them really talking or just any awkward situations to occur because staying in the same suite as your fake boyfriend or fake girlfriend HAS to cause some red face inducing situations right I also really wanted to know how Dominic did with his new venture of lyric writing He s also known as the Drummer of ReadySet but he took this vacation to write and relax I ve read the beginning of one of his lyrics and it sounded fun I hoped that Bates gave us a biton what happened with the song he composed and how it was received by his bandmates and management.The ending of Decked With Holly is predictable, but that s something to expect from a contemporary romance genre While throughout reading the novel I found myself skipping a few descriptive paragraphs here and there and wanting to readdialogue between the characters, I really did enjoy it Decked With Holly, in my opinion, wasn t as enjoyable as Awkward, however it was an overall great novel that I am sure fans of Marni Bates and cute contemporary novels in general wouldn t want to miss out on The female narrator was quite Chipmunky But, ridiculously cute, and perfect for the holiday season. I would have liked asubstantial ending, maybe an epilogue or an interview or something, but a sweet story nevertheless Holly reminded me of myself in many ways slight tummy roll, Jewish nose so it was really nice to read a book where someone like her, like me, finds someone who likes them for who they are inside and out since I m extremely self conscious about both physical characteristics I share with Holly. Review to come I ve read this book before, although not for a while, and it was still a good read the second time around It s funny, cute, and romantic, with an entertaining premise and relatable characters Decked With Holly was easy to read in one sitting, and I would recommend it to fans of young adult novels, romance, and humor 4 stars. I had mixed feelings throughout Both of the main characters annoyed me a lot at some parts, at others I kinda liked them. Towards the end it started to get better I guess but it still had some annoying parts.I guess YA romance is not really for me any, however, sometimes I need this kind of a book. fluffy contemporary teen romance, easy to read It s 1am, so no. I can t really form sentences at this point, so this review will have to do, sorry. Super adorable bookclub selection Light hearted, quick to read and it felt just like watching a Hallmark movie I loved the back and forth narratives between Nick and Holly Just wish that the ending had been a littleIt felt suddenly rushed and then bam it was over Twochapters would have been good.