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Decked with Holly

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,289 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by K-Teen
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Laurence R.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library

This kept me up much later than I should've, but it was pretty awesome.

It's such an amazing book to read around Christmas (or anytime, when you're like me). It takes place on a cruise during winter break and it has a very charming rock star, which makes it the perfect cutesy novel.

I liked the plot of this story, even though it's not exactly an original one. It shows a realistic side of celebrity and I thought seeing Holly pushed into this was really interesting. Her ability to act whenever
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super adorable bookclub selection. Light hearted, quick to read and it felt just like watching a Hallmark movie. I loved the back and forth narratives between Nick and Holly. Just wish that the ending had been a little more. It felt suddenly rushed and then bam it was over. Two more chapters would have been good.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings throughout. Both of the main characters annoyed me a lot at some parts, at others I kinda liked them.. Towards the end it started to get better I guess but it still had some annoying parts.

I guess YA romance is not really for me anymore, however, sometimes I need this kind of a book.. fluffy contemporary teen romance, easy-to-read... It's 1am, so no.. I can't really form sentences at this point, so this review will have to do, sorry.
Emer (A Little Haze)
Perusing through the eCatalogue on OverDrive. Stumbled across this Christmassy themed cute sounding YA. Downloaded it. Read a sentence and I was not best pleased...
Scanned the next few pages...
And well... Just no.
The STENCH of problematic female stereotyping in this...
Perhaps it improves but I just can't be dealing.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kteen
3.5/5 stars

Decked with Holly is another cute read from Marni Bates. In this novel, we've got Holly Dayton, a 17 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather. For christmas, her grandfather decides to take her as well as his other daughter's family on an 8 day cruise to Mexico. Her aunt, along with her two daughters, are typical bullies masked in designer clothes, calorie counting, and makeup. In other words, the cruise is an 8 day vacation in hell. To Holly's delight, and Dominic's misfortune,
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I love the holidays. The gifting, decorating, music (some of it, anyway), the baking, the parties and the sparkles – I love all of it. I read holiday-themed stories, too, both in-season and out. Some of them are good, some are terrible, and a few fall into mediocre territory. While Marni Bates’ Decked with Holly had a stellar recommendation and a happily-ever-after at Christmastime, it did not deliver that other important element I look for in contemporary YA – a plausible, enjoyable story.

What a cute, Christmassy, fake romance! I love ya fake romances anyway, but this one was especially cute as it was set at Christmas!

There was plenty of humor and I liked the alternating viewpoints. Both Holly and Dominic were fun to read about, and their meet cute was super funny (and kind of gross at the same time).

Plotwise, it’s very similar to When It’s Real, and I think I liked that one more, but this was still really really good!!!!
Melissa Griffith
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The female narrator was quite... Chipmunky. But, ridiculously cute, and perfect for the holiday season. 😊
I've read this book before, although not for a while, and it was still a good read the second time around. It's funny, cute, and romantic, with an entertaining premise and relatable characters. Decked With Holly was easy to read in one sitting, and I would recommend it to fans of young adult novels, romance, and humor. 4 stars.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2013
Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.

When I first read Marni Bates other novel, Awkward, I fell in love with her characters and plot and how the book actually made me laugh. When I was given the chance to go on a blog tour for her new book, Decked with Holly, I eagerly joined. I wasn't sure what to expect but let me tell you: I wasn't expecting to stay up late finishing this book!

For starters, I loved Holly. She was awkward and weird and loved to draw. She loved her grandf
Marina Adair
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perfect stocking stuffer!

Seriously, you should buy this book! It is fresh and funny and had me laughing nonstop.

I devoured it in one sitting. It is a great spin-off of Bates’ first book AWKWARD, following Dominic Wyatt, the drummer for the band ReadySet, although she takes a nice departure and gives us both the hero and heroine’s POV, which makes for some great dramatic irony. Holly is funny and sarcastic and doesn’t take any of Nick’s rock-star BS.

It brilliant egins with Holly decking Santa a
Becca (The Troubles and Woes of a Bookworm)
I would have liked a more substantial ending, maybe an epilogue or an interview or something, but a sweet story nevertheless. Holly reminded me of myself in many ways (slight tummy roll, Jewish nose) so it was really nice to read a book where someone like her, like me, finds someone who likes them for who they are inside and out since I'm extremely self conscious about both physical characteristics I share with Holly.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Meg Cabot or Sophie Kinsella
Super cute. I really enjoyed this one. I'm behind deadline, but I still couldn't put it down. Made me laugh out loud several times. Definitely worth picking up a copy!
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
A fun teen, holiday read. And honestly, how can you not like a book with a cute main character named Holly? :)
Amy (Turn the Page)
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-library
Was hoping for a cute romance to make me smile.

Unfortunately the guy was too boring and the girl far too annoying.
Rachel Harris
So much fun! Set around Christmas, so it's great to read now, but honestly that's a very small part of the story. You can read this any time of the year. And you should. Like, now. :)
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Well that was a nice quick read .. I didn't expect to finish it this fast but honestly the plot was moving so flawlessly that I really enjoyed how it all played out
so we Holly who is basically the Cinderella of her family who finds herself stuck into a fake relationship with a famous rock star Dominic and how will she deal with it in a pan of four days .. I liked the friendship between those two although it was full of banter and quick witted conversations but it was really enjoyable to see the
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I absolutely love cruising, so when I heard that this book took place on a Christmas cruise, I was all in. I really, really want to take a Christmas cruise one day, and started planting the seed with my family earlier this year, perhaps for when my boys are a little older and less likely to run amok at sea.

Anyway, the story centers around two teens from opposite worlds: Holly, a slightly nerdy girl who is stuck with her horrible, mean girl cousins for the trip, and Nick, a handsome rock star who
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-picks
A high school version of a Hallmark Christmas movie...with lots of teenage snark and not-so-much sappy Christmas feels...
Helen Butz
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Super cute!
Samantha Fabris
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did not expect to like this book, but I did!
Gillian Berry
To me, this book was the literary equivalent of a cupcake. Which is a GOOD THING, because I love cupcakes. They are sweet, sugary, fattening, and delightful, plus they’re usually decorated all fancy. No, a cupcake is not a substantial meal. No, it has no nutritional value. But it’s a cupcake, and that’s not even what it’s going for, or what you even want when you order a cupcake. You want dessert. Escapist, giggle-inducing, adorable dessert.

Decked with Holly, while disappointingly light on the
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
I am not ashamed to admit that this book is totally my junior high fantasy come to life in novel form. How cool would it be to go on vacation as a somewhat awkward girl with a good amount of self-image issues and end up the girlfriend of an uber good-looking rock star who happens to be kind and considerate and fun all at the same time? And, oh yeah, happens to begin to notice that you are "hot" before the trip is over? When I was in the middle of all of that awkward anxiety filled experience tha ...more
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Written by Juhina
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Decked with Holly is another cute read from Marni Bates. In this novel, we've got Holly Dayton, a 17 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather. For christmas, her grandfather decides to take her as well as his other daughter's family on an 8 day cruise to Mexico. Her aunt, along with her two daughters, are typical bullies masked in designer clothes, calorie counting, and makeup. In other words, the cruise is an 8 day vacation in
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it

This review was originally posted on Read Me Away.

Okay, that was cute! The storyline isn't wholly (hehe) original, nor did it really throw any new twists that I didn't expect. But it was cute. The characters were pretty much what I expected in this kind of story: the cocky rock star, the girl who thinks she's rather plain, her horrid relatives (with the exception of her Grandpa), and a more excitable best friend. It's really not anything new, but Bates' writing is just so funny and fresh that I
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted

Oh my gosh, you guys, I cannot properly express my love for Decked with Holly by Marni Bates. I absolutely loved Awkward – I was cracking up like crazy throughout the whole book, but I thought Decked with Holly surpassed it.

I made the mistake of starting Decked with Holly late at night while my boyfriend was trying to go to sleep and I swear he almost shoved me off the bed, I was laughing so hard throughout the entire book. I absol
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Despite the lure of a beachside vacation, Holly isn’t thrilled to be taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell. Nothing is off to a great start when she finds herself grappling with seasickness and desperate to find relief. When she’s forced into a suite in search of a restroom, things continue to go awry as she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy who thinks she’s an intruder. When the guy turns out to be Dominic Wyatt, the drummer for one of the hottest bands in America, Holly fin ...more
Melanie Adkins
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having a special birthday celebration might be fun, if it didn't include Holly's cousins, Aunt and Uncle. They always made her feel out of place and not quite family. Still it was grandpa's 75th birthday and he might not have many more, so Holly agreed to go along with plans. Trying to save money to buy new clothes, Holly was willing to take almost any job. It's a shame the one she chose came with it's own set of problems. Thank goodness she has her best friend Jen to help her through it all. Th ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cutesy-books
This book..... confused me.....more specifically my book feelings.
1. I love Holly in the beginning. You feel bad for her but not bad enough that it becomes cliche.
2. It actually talks like real teenagers. There is some fangirling, as one would expect when someone meets the drummer of their favorite band. Some seriously bad moments (not all girls can look great all the time, thank you unrealistic standards). Don't forget the signature teenage sass. No parents, we don't only reserve it for you.
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Marni Bates' autobiography MARNI (part of HCI's Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. She then signed a five book deal with KTeen. Her first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into several languages. Her latest YA novel DIAL EM FOR MURDER is with Merit Press.

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