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YA Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Title: 10 Blind Dates
AuthorAshley Elston
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction (romance)
Pages: 336
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (LA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

Review: What a totally fun book and perfect for the mood I was in. The premise is great and would make a wonderful rom-com movie.

I liked all the characters (even the ex-boyfriend and the bad dates) since they were different versions of people that we all know. There's the jerk, the nerd, the guy who gropes, the sweet, but boring guy, etc. And the dates were funny! Sophie's family is fantastic; they are loving, in each other's business, and they want what's best for her. I come from a small family so cannot imagine having all those cousins, aunts, and uncles who are always there for meals and to meet her dates. I love that they have side bets going on about each date and that they are creative in their date creations.

The storyline is somewhat predictable in that I kind of knew who she would end up with in the end, but I love how the author got us there. I also liked the side story of Sophie's sister and her new baby. It is relevant and shows the reader more about Sophia and her family; it gives them depth beyond the dates.

If you want a really fun read then definitely pick up this book.

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