Book Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Goodreads Summary:

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.


My Review

Believe it or not, but this was my first Christmas themed book I think I’ve ever read. I just don’t usually purposely read them. I have read books where the main character is repeating the same day so I definitely had my own preset notions about how things would play out. So I will say that this one was definitely different than I expected. 

The story follows the life of Maelyn, a girl who is entirely unhappy with the way her life is going. After having a not so merry holiday with her family and childhood friends, she makes a wish to the universe to find what will make her happy and finds herself stuck in a loop repeating the holiday til she finds it. 

Unfortunately, when I found out the plot was about being stuck on repeat, I expected the story to repeat more times than it actually did. It felt almost anticlimactic. That was quite honestly my main beef with the story. Otherwise the characters were lovely and the concept of chasing after what you genuinely desire in order to prioritize personal joy was super sweet. I just felt that a plot line whose main motif is stuck in a loop, it sure didn’t feel like being all that “stuck.” Regardless, it was still a quick happy read that I’d recommend to get you into the spirit! 

Anyone feel the same as I did? Let me know your thoughts below.