Author: Marni Bates
Published Date: September 25th 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Christmas, YA
My Rating: ★ ★.5
Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zone. . .
Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation she lurches into an open suite--she's greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet--one of the hottest bands in America.
Suddenly rumors are swirling, and Holly's face is captured on countless phones and plastered all over the Internet. But 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 one of the cutest rockstars on the planet? Holly's about to find out. . .
"I've got a security escort. I'm wearing a slutty elf costume, and Santa just groped me. Now might not be the best time to tell me it was all for nothing!"
And that's how Holly's Christmas Break started out. With being humiliated in front of all her family, and becoming grounded just days before going on a Christmas cruise. As for why they are going on a Christmas cruise? Well that's because her grandfather want to his for his birthday. It sounds like such a great idea, until you meet Holly's cousins and aunt and see that this is going to be an awful trip.
That is until Holly stumbles into another guests room in search of a bathroom, and just guess who's room that turns out to be? Dominic who is in a very popular boy band.
"Our story was supposed to be sweet. The rock star and the average girl: That's how it was supposed to play out to the press, and I thought I could handle it. Except I didn't want to be seen as too ordinary and dull and generally uninteresting for anyone."From this point on things take a fan-fic turn.. One that I didn't particularly enjoy though, because of how awful the characters were to each other. Because this felt like fan-fiction as well, you could tell it was most likely going to end up with them together and where they live happily ever after.
"This was my one shot to experience life as a Somebody, and I didn't want to miss out on anything because I had failed to brainstorm with Jen."
Overall for the first half I didn't really mind this story and found it funny. But as time went on the characters grew annoying to me. I didn't enjoy the duel perspectives of both Holly and Dominic and felt like that was the only thing that keep me reading. With the slut-shaming and body shaming that happened multiple times as well from a good majority of the characters I just couldn't like it.