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Love, Secret Santa by S. A. Domingo
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
It’s nearly Christmas, but Angel Green isn’t celebrating – she’s too busy studying for a scholarship exam. On top of that, she’s organising her school’s charity fundraising campaign to help a local hospice. Unfortunately, her fundraising partner is Caspar Johnson: handsome, creative and fun, but TOTALLY unreliable.
Thank goodness for her Secret Santa who keeps leaving her amazing presents, including an intriguing hand-made advent calendar! Angel is dying to find out who her secret admirer is . . .
As they spend time together planning festive events, Angel realises that Caspar has hidden depths – and a secret that he’s hiding behind his easy-going facade. Her advent calendar encourages Angel to take risks and open her heart – but has she left it too late to tell Caspar how she really feels?
Sanj had only joined their school in the summer, but he’d almost instantly begun – and then ended – a passionate affair with Henry Reeves. ‘Err, I don’t think Sanj is—’ Angel began, but then her gaze settled on the true object of Izzy’s affection as her friend breathed: ‘Manny. Patel. Like, how is he even more delicious every time I see him?’ Ah. Sanj’s older brother, Manav. Equally gorgeous, two years older than them. Angel knew her friend’s hopes of attracting his attention were minimal at best, but in the spirit of impending Christmas good cheer, she didn’t want to burst her bubble. Izzy practically drooled watching Manny nonchalantly lick some whipped cream off his finger. He handed his brother the sports section of the Sunday newspaper they seemed to be sharing, and they both laughed about something. Angel sighed – sometimes she wished she had a sibling to hang out with like that. Then again, Izzy was practically a sister to her, even if a slightly delusional one.
As you might be able to tell from this extract, Love, Secret Santa is fun and upbeat teen novel that is the perfect read in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re looking for a feel good novel with lots of cute and romantic moments, I would definitely recommend this book.
This was a very easy, quick read that I’m sure will be a favourite amongst teens. I found the story to be a little predictable but in the way I wanted it to go, do I didn’t mind! There’s nothing overly complicated about the story, it’s easy to follow and can be read in one sitting.
I love the characters and their varying personalities, they feel very modern and fresh to me. Each character has their own hopes and struggles, I also love the relationship Angel has with her mum.
Love, Secret Santa is a lovely Christmassy read that I would recommend. Check out the next extract on Steph’s blog, Bookslovereaders;
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