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Secret Santa

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,282 ratings  ·  130 reviews
A tale of love, romance, confusion, and Christmas perfectly timed for the holiday season.

Noelle, a hopeless romantic, just knows that her gifts have to be from her senior crush! And geeky Froggy thinks the game is the perfect way to get super-popular Celia to fall for him...except she thinks his gifts are from Jake, the school's resident bad boy, and starts to crush on him
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Point
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Secret Santa was a really adorable read. I liked Lily, Ryan, Celia and Froggy the best. Noelle was annoying and delusional, but I guess she's was okay in the end. Charlie and Amber were just awful but i was glad to see Shawna turn things around.
A wonderful, confusing and fun read that is perfect for the holiday season!
Read first in 2008, re-read from December 27th to 29th 2009, re-read on December 27th 2014.

How time flies by... I'd never have guessed without consulting Goodreads that it had been exactly five years since I last treated myself with this utterly fun, ultra-light'n fluffy, overly sweet, cliché-laden, multi-voiced piece of YA Christmas romance. And I wonder when the appetite for that kind of candycane overdose will hit me next. In a year or two?

An interesting tidbit to note is that Sabrina James'
Chelly Wood
Such a cute story! Just right for teenage girls. There's a snarling mean girl, romantic moments for the nice girls, and plenty of Christmas spirit.

The book is written sort of like a television show. We get to see several characters' stories from each of their points of view. At first it's a little confusing, but you get used to it after a while. I saw some reviews where readers said this really bothered them. Maybe the trick is to stay inside the book for a long period of time. If you read this
I read this novel within a week only at school. It was a quick read, came in mass market paperback and the cover looked so pretty I overlooked the fact that christmas was long over and checked out the book. Or it could have been the reason that the author has the same first name as moi!

Anyways, Secret Santa is about sophmore Noelle and her friend Lily attanding North Ridge High school who are participating in their school secret santa. Noelle is a helpless romantic, hoping, no begging that her s
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

It's Christmas time and North Ridge High School has decided to take this as an opportunity to do a school-wide Secret Santa.

Best friends Noelle Kramer and Lily Norris are indifferent about this idea. Noelle takes it as a chance to finally connect and tell her longtime crush/next door neighbor, Charlie Grant, that they are meant to be together. Lily wants nothing to do with love or romance, since just before school started her
Mary Kinietz
Cute high school romance. Received this as a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Jun 10, 2014 Grace rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12-14 year olds
Shelves: young-adult
in retrospect, i can't remember anything really special about this book, but i'm writing it a few year after reading it, and i know that when i read it, i loved it.
i know that because i remember reading it at least 5 times.

the story follows a group of high schoolers in their quest to win over their crushes through a game of secret santa.
it's a simple premise, cute, and quick to read. it would be a great book to give during a real game of secret santa (as long as, you know, you're playing with 12
This book reminded me why I hated high school - Drama, drama, drama!

Meet Noelle, she's in love with the boy next door Charlie. Problem is Charlie has never looked her way once romantically. She thinks that by using the Secret Santa exchange she can change all that. But first, she's got to become his Secret Santa.

We also meet Lily, Noelle's best friend in the whole world, who believes that love is only going to bring her heartache. Will the Secret Santa exchange change her mind?

Then we meet Celia
With the Christmas dance less than a week away, the students of North Ridge High are participating in a school-wide Secret Santa exchange. Everyone wanted to get the person they liked, eager to have a chance to confess at the ball. However, things did not go as planned. Noelle wanted Charlie’s name but got his brother, Ryan instead. Celia suspects that Jake was her Secret Santa, but it was in fact Froggy who had her name. Lily, who had Connor’s name, tried her best to get him good gifts, and sh ...more
Kari Anderson
You guessed it, this is part of my Christmas Reading Challenge. This is my 4th book in the challenge. I am having so much fun with this. While the books haven’t been as great as I’d hoped, I am still glad I’m taking part.

In Secret Santa, we delve into the lives of a group of high schoolers. And, as you can tell by the title, the whole school takes part in Secret Santa. They all draw names from a hat and while some are happy with their choices, others make sure theirs are pre-chosen.

Noelle is our
Stephanie Kaye (In Wonderland)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! It started snowing finally here in Chicago and it was so wonderful starting to get some Christmas books in for the season and this book definitely nailed it! I wasn't expecting anything less than what it delivered for a holiday read. It was light and heartfelt and got me in the mood more than I already was for Christmas. :]

The book starts off with Noelle and her best friend talking about what they want for Christmas. Noelle obviously wants nothing o
When North Ridge High School decides to hold a Secret Santa exchange, it creates all sorts of mayhem. Noelle is determined to be her crush Charlie's Secret Santa, but draws his brother's name instead. Celia is thrilled to draw Jake's name, since she has a crush on him, but his friend Froggy likes Celia and is hoping to use his opportunity as her Secret Santa to reveal his feelings. Lily is determined to give Connor great Secret Santa gifts purely because she enjoys the spirit of Christmas, but s ...more
Paulette Simonian
Noelle, a high school student, is obcessed with a boy named Charlie. Charlie Grant is the popular kid in school who only goes out with popular girls who are beautiful. Its secret santa time at their school and everyone has to pick out a name. Noelle wants to get Charlie more than anything so she can tell him how she feels at the christams dance. Shawna and Amber are the popular grls in school, but it all changes when Shawna finds out who Amber really is, a liar. Celia tries to impress Jake, the ...more
Eliza Suluyan
Secret Santa is something I always enjoy doing with my class or a group of friends around Christmas time. At North Ridge High School, a school- wide game of Secret Santa leads a group of teens into romantic mishaps. Noelle is positive her gifts are from her crush. While Froggy, the school geek, thinks the game is the perfect way to get Celia to fall for him, but there's just one problem. Celia, starts to develop feelings for Jake, the bad boy, thinking her gifts are from him. It's a wild roller ...more
"Secret Santa" was cute, but it had a lot of things that made it hard for me to enjoy it.
First of all, the author described what the characters were wearing WAAAAAAAY too often. Literally every chapter had at least one description of what a character was wearing or how they had done their makeup.
Secondly, the some of the things the characters said was ridiculously cheesy. It sounded like the author had made a guess at how teen-aged girls talk. "Hunkalicious"? "His hot sculpted bod"? I mean, re
Read in February/March 2013

I chose to read Secret Santa by Sabrina James after i had read another book by her, Spring Fling. Secret Santa is about North Ridge High School teenagers; Noelle, Ryan, Charlie,Celia, Froggy, Conner,Amber, Lilly, Shawna, and Simon. All have picked secret Santa names for the schools first annual Secret Santa. Names have been picked in between these teens, jealousy occurs and possibly new romances. At the big winter dance all is finally revealed as to who was who's secre
Jen - At Random
I was on the hunt for Christmas reads at my local used book store and came across Secret Santa. I was interest by the title and cover alone. I know, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover...but it really is cute, haha. The back of the book doesn't include a description, only this...

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But that didn't stop me, I scooped the book right up without reading any description. It turns out this is a Young Adult Christmas book which is not what I was expecting. I've never re
Kirsten Fowler
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Meredith Black
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

I did enjoy this. It was quick and light. But here's the thing about high school: teenagers don't fit into tiny little stereotype molds. The majority make up the inbetween areas.

But not in the setting of this book. Oh, no. Every stereotype is recognized and enforced.

- Shy, nerdy boys who can't get girls
- Attractive jocks
- Nasty popular girls
- Not-popular, shy girl and her best friend
- Bad boy

And every character has a single motive throughout the entire story, namely ro
Sarai Perez
I read this like in 6th grade and I remember loving it, maybe my opinions have changed but a lot of other people seem to really like this so maybe it is just as good as I remember it to be.
A cute Christmas read. I enjoyed it, with all the twists and turns and love triangles... Honestly, the love triangles made this book interesting, which is a first.

A cute winter read!
This was kind of a cute book. This is a story about a high school who's principal decides to do a secret santa exchange with all the students. So crushes are established throughout the process and guesses and intrigues on who has whom. I was annoyed with Noelle's obsession with Charlie. He has been her next door neighbor and she was so completely obsessed that she didn't see who he really was. Luckily the story switched viewpoints throughout several different high school students. If it would ha ...more
Jamesspillett Spillett
I rate this book about a 4. I liked this book but i just thought it could of had more bigger suspenseful conflicts. This book is basically about a bunch of teenagers around christmas that their school is doing a secret santa thing and everyone in the school gets to be someone else's secret santa and there is a lot of conflicts with guys liking other girls and girls getting jealous because of the presents that their boy friends are getting and there is a lot of other small conflicts along the way ...more
Andrea Brokaw
Dec 18, 2011 Andrea Brokaw added it
Shelves: own
I put this down after the first two chapters because I found the style incredibly annoying. (Lots of telling things that should have been shown, poorly introduced flashbacks galore, and so much awkward dialogue I was afraid my face would get frozen in a wince.)

But I wanted to read a Christmas book and it was the only unread one in the house, so I made myself pick it up again.

I wish I could say it got better, but it really didn't. However, I can say it was interesting enough that I read the whole
I picked up this book at a yard sale thinking it was about adults, not teenagers, so I was in for a rude awakening when I started reading it. I suppose for teenagers it would be a good read, but as a young adult, I just found it irritating. Almost every character changes the object of their affections by the end of the book. And one or two miscommunications are amusing, multiple instances are just annoying. Guess I've outgrown this type of romance novel.
Bridget Summerhill
One of my favorites! I read it every christmas! Always gets me in the christmas spirit! :)
Saleema Parker
Mar 27, 2008 Saleema Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
Recommended to Saleema by: nobody I just wanted to read it
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It was a very cute book, but it just reminded me of everything I hated about high school. The mean, popular, pretty girls who thought that they could get (and did) get every popular jock (and nice guy) in the school, everyone had do what they wanted. The little gossip, the poor nerds that have so much to offer and aren't given the chance to show you what a very beautiful person you are in the inside. Most of all the admiration from afar of someone that is way out of your league.
LOVED the ending
Secret Santa is not particularly well-written, nor is it deep in anyway. The driving factor of the plot -- a school-wide gift exchange -- is silly.
It is pure fluff. But sometimes you need fluff. It's a quick read. Forewarning: it is full of exclamation points and lines like, "How could fate be so cruel?!" However, I doubt that anyone who would be affronted by those things would even pick up this book.
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Sabrina James is the author of many books, most of which feature romance, humor, and some sort of comical misunderstanding. Secret Santa is her first title set during the holidays.

Sabrina lives in New York, New York.
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