Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Secret Santa” as Want to Read:
Secret Santa
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Secret Santa

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,506 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
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! Romantic mishaps abound, but all is revealed the night of the Winter Dance, where there ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Scholastic Incorporated
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Secret Santa, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Secret Santa

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
Laurence R.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is such a short book! I must have read it in less than two hours. It's actually super cute, so I'd recommend it!
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
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
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' syruppy YA chicklit concept works - at least for me - only around Christmas time. Wh
a &
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preteen/teenage girls looking for a fast and cute read
I could have sworn I've never read this book in my life and that's probably true that the first time I read this book WAS actually THIS time. Yet, I knew the entire plot.

This book takes cliches and predictable plots to a whole other level. Everyone I thought would end up together DID end up together. Everything I thought was true WAS true. And everything I thought would happen DID happen.

I know I know at this point you might be shaking your head and saying "but Amy maybe you DID read this book
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
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
Chelly Wood
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute. The only reason this is not a 5 star review is because for the most part the characters all act like middle schoolers when in actuality they are supposed to be high schoolers. I only found that mildly annoying. I guess it's better than the sex-crazed, acne-infested teenagers that a lot of high schoolers are. Now I sound like I hate the book. Don't get get me wrong, it was a really cute story full of little kid drama that I thought was funny. Most of the characters were ...more
Mary Kinietz
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Cute high school romance. Received this as a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Little Bee
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Secret Santa has been on my To Reads list since last year. I decided to give this book a go as I have been in a winter/Christmas read mood. I read all 368 pages of this book in one day. I could not put it down.

The theme of this book is unique, and though I have not read many Christmas books in the past, I feel it is very original and entertaining. The story takes place during a one week period at North Ridge High School. A memo is passed out indicating that the school would participate in a Secr
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Secret Santa by Sabrina James. This isn't easy to tell what went on in this story. Soo much was going on. It takes place with high school students who have a secret Santa project for a week of gift giving. Boys and girls liking different boys and girls. How they deal with it the week of secret gift giving. In the end some find out the one they had a crush on wasn't really the person they end up with and liking. Very interesting book. I would recommend it.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. It was an interesting quick read. I thought it was predictable in a way, but at other times the plot caught me off guard. I really wanted to find out the ending so I read fast!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who read it in the 7th grage, it was cute and I liked all the different points of view. Sure a lot fo the characters were uncreatively stereotypical but i still enjoyed the quick journey all the same.
Michelle Lazar
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a good book, except for some of the cheesiness. Would recommend for ages 12-15 and to girls that love romance.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-hour-reads
This book was just dumb, yo
Reread December 2017:
I haven’t read this in forever, but now I remember why I loved it so much. It’s such a cute, romantic Christmas story. 😊🎄
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good story for teeny boppers. But not for me.
Catalina Sennett
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
cute holiday story.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cringe-worthy and unfunny highschool love triangles, in the vein of Clueless or Mean Girls (although not as good, alas).
Kari Anderson
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday, young-adult, 2015
Secret Santa is a romantic comedy of errors fueled by secret crushes and assumptions. There are quite a few characters, each one crushing on someone who’s crushing on someone else, which makes it a little confusing. It’s just hard to keep track of so many people running around and to try to remember who likes who. I think I’ve seen a few movies with the same plot. It’s a little easier when you can see the people.

In this case, North Ridge High’s Secret Santa exchange culminates in the big reveal
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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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...

(view spoiler)

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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
"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
Eliza Suluyan
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Paulette Simonian
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Simon Romantic Comedies)
  • Kissing Snowflakes
  • Snow in Love
  • Ex-mas
  • Better Latte Than Never
  • Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories
  • The Best Girl
  • Crush du Jour (Simon Romantic Comedies)
  • Cupidity
  • South Beach Sizzle
  • Sea of Love (Simon Romantic Comedies)
  • Prom Crashers
  • Tropical Kiss
  • The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren (Simon Romantic Comedies)
  • Do-Over (Royally Jacked, #3)
  • Love on the Lifts
  • Killer Cruise
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.
More about Sabrina James

Young Adult Deals

  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Gold-Son
    $3.99 $1.99
  • How to Say I Love You Out Loud
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Scat
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Chomp
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • I See London, I See France
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Starfish
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Olive's Ocean
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Little Monsters
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Thickety: A Path Begins
    $6.24 $1.99
  • Lost Voices
    $5.99 $2.99
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Isle of Blood and Stone
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Train I Ride
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Haven (War of the Princes, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Greyhound
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Annie on My Mind
    $9.99 $1.20
  • Secret of the Sirens (The Companions Quartet, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Into the Dim
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Curse (Blur Trilogy #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fury (Blur Trilogy #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Crash (Crash, #1)
    $4.24 $1.99
  • Blur  (Blur Trilogy #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Taken (Taken, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Fighting Ground
    $6.49 $1.99
  • Vengeance Road
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Ungifted
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Julie of the Wolves
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Storm (Elemental, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Things We Know by Heart
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Space Between Heartbeats (Betwixt #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Secret of a Heart Note
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Internet Famous
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Kissing in America
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Every Ugly Word
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Genesis
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Old Yeller
    $6.99 $1.99
  • After the Game (The Field Party, #3)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Ticker
    $3.99 $0.99
  • How To Keep Rolling After a Fall
    $7.09 $2.99
  • No Love Allowed
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Concealed (Lakewood, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »