10 blind dates

Ashley Elston

Book - 2019

"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. Cue devastation. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extend...ed 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?" --

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Published
Los Angeles : Hyperion 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
327 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781368027496
1368027490
Main Author
Ashley Elston (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Sophie's looking forward to Christmas alone: while her parents stay with her very pregnant sister, Sophie will cuddle up to Griffin, her longtime boyfriend. But then she overhears Griffin telling a friend that he's tired of her. A devastated Sophie heads to her grandmother's house, where the boisterous extended family she grew up with, but has grown away from, is waiting for her with a plan: 10 family members will send her on blind dates. The dates vary in quality: her aunt sends her to a living nativity with a handsy 14-year-old; her cousin scores tickets to an underground party with a total hottie; and her evil twin cousins . . . well, they're evil. And now Griffin's begging for a second chance that Sophie isn't sure she wants to give. The repeating first-date structure means things never get too intense between Sophie and her dates and keeps the focus on her relationship with her family. This piece-by-piece romance doesn't need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

After overhearing her boyfriend tell a friend that he might want to call his relationship off, Sophie, 17, breaks up with him, then heads to Shreveport, La., to spend Christmas with her large, extended Italian-American family while her parents care for her pregnant sister, who has preeclampsia. When she arrives and shares the story with her grandmother, Nonna decides to set Sophie up on 10 blind dates, each concocted by a different family member. Much to Sophie's horror, her relatives, including "weird Aunt Patrice" and her "evil" twin cousins, are all too eager to take part, even creating a chart for the project. In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston (The Rules for Disappearing) cleverly reflects the family members' personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie. Reflective moments balance the comedy as Sophie comes to realize how much her family means to her and is surprised by a possible romance. With its predictably happy outcome, the book closes with a comforting, if tidy, note. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Sophie is looking forward to spending Christmas with her boyfriend Griffin, until she overhears him at a party telling one of his friends that he wants to break up with her. Since her parents are taking care of her pregnant older sister (who has superimposed preeclampsia) over the holidays, Sophie heads to her grandparents' house in Shreveport, LA to lick her wounds. But her big, boisterous Italian-American family has its own ideas about what Sophie needs. Instead of peace and quiet, she is subjected to a series of 10 blind dates between December 20th and New Year's Eve, each orchestrated by a different member of her family. The dates range from fun (an exclusive, edgy Christmas party) to kooky (a "living nativity" where Sophie plays Mary, complete with live baby) to downright awkward (a drive-in theater screening porn), but as Sophie meets a range of boys, she also develops rich new bonds with the family members who are setting up the dates. While the premise will attract readers seeking a fluffy holiday romance, the characters have limited depth, the dialogue is bland, and the plot is entirely predictable. Its most satisfying moments focus not on Sophie's romantic trajectory but on her anxious, heartfelt relationship with her older sister and her preemie niece. VERDICT The literary equivalent of a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, this book is likely to find an audience despite its weaknesses. Readers seeking a holiday romance would be better served by Cynthia Hand's The Afterlife of Holly Chase or Stephanie Kate Strohm's Prince in Disguise.—Elizabeth Giles, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her plans for a romantic holiday with her boyfriend are upended by heartbreak, Sophie spends Christmas with her extended family, who set her up on 10 blind dates at the same time her ex returns, asking for another chance. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After an unexpected breakup, seventeen-year-old Sophie lets members of her large, eccentric extended family set her up on ten blind dates during Christmas vacation.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One broken heart, ten blind dates—and a whole lot of confusion!"POSITIVELY DELIGHTFUL-all caps-from beginning to end." - NPRSophie 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?