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The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Simon Romantic Comedies)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  799 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Lexi's feeling a little holidazed this winter....

Lexi's been going out with Cameron for way too long. Sure, he's a nice guy, but there's a spark missing between them. So she comes up with the perfect plan: get him to fall for another girl so she'll be free -- and guilt-free, too.

But when Lexi sees Cameron looking awfully cozy with Jaylene, her heart melts, especially when

Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2008)
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Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
The first time I read this book, I was probably just starting high school. Now I'm well into college and I figured it was high time I gave this rom com another try. I don't remember loving it after my first read and that's mostly because younger me spent 90% of the book pissed off at the MC for getting herself into a stupid situation and then trying to reverse said situation the entire time.

Of course, older me realizes that this an essential part of the plot and part of what makes this story pri
I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. As a matter of fact, I hated this in the beginning. The main character Lexi and her boyfriend Cam are in a rut and she doesn’t know if she wants to be with him. Should she break up with him? Goodness no. She doesn’t want to hurt his feelings. Talk to him about her feelings? Nope. She’s ashamed of feeling that way.

Her solution to this problem is ludicrous - she introduces her boyfriend to the new, hot girl in school (Jaylene) and force him to s
Katie Fitzgerald
This teen romance novel is part of a series called The Romantic Comedies, which is published by Simon Pulse. The series title perfectly describes the plot of this particular story, which is, from beginning to end, a comedy of errors.

Scientifically minded high school senior Lexi has been dating nice guy Cam for years. As she looks ahead to the future, however, she sees the completely divergent paths they will take once high school ends. Unable to find the logic in staying together when the end wi
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-o-week
Found this extremely predictable. Only finished it because I went to such effort to get it via inter library loan. So glad to not live in a Christmas town. Being a teenager sucks. Spoiler: the six characters introduced in the prologue are all nicely paired up in the end. Looses a star for nasty creepy guy who everyone fucking laughs off. Not ok.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, fun and clean. I liked her friend's theories. She was a little too clever for her own good, but she figured it out in the end! I love a Christmas themed town and story!
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I think we all knew what was coming in the end, though.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, nook, holiday
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

As a huge Christmas fan, I was ecstatic to discover this book while surfing the B&N bookstore on my Nook. That being said, I was mostly a fan of Claus Lake, the setting, then the actual story. A place where people actually start preparing for Christmas in September and gladly overlook Halloween. Sounds like my kind of place! The plotline, though, is pretty unbelievable and made me wish it was a cute ABC Family movie instead of a YA novel. (In
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Lexi's feeling a little holidazed this winter....
Lexi's been going out with Cameron for way too long. Sure, he's a nice guy, but there's a spark missing between them. So she comes up with the perfect plan: get him to fall for another girl so she'll be free -- and guilt-free, too.

But when Lexi sees Cameron looking awfully cozy with Jaylene, her heart melts, especially when her budding psychologist best friend tells her that once a new couple has gone out a dozen times, their rela
Jennifer Wardrip
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For those in the mood for a holiday romance, then curl up with THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS. As with all the Simon Romantic Comedies, this one won't disappoint. The ending can be deduced from it being part of the Romantic Comedies collection, but how Lexi gets to her "happily ever after" is what makes this story so much fun!

Lexi has been dating Cameron Kehoe for the last three years. It's her senior year, and she's not sure that Cameron is going to fit in
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
In Claus Lake, the holiday season lasts about one-third of the year. Sure, it’s charming and fun, but Lexi doesn’t plan to stay there forever. She’s practically got the rest of her life planned out, from winning the Simpson Scholarship all the way to becoming a successful and famous medical researcher. Unfortunately, her life plan can’t seem to accommodate Lexi’s long-term boyfriend Cameron who appears to want to stay in Claus Lake forever. In an attempt to make both their lives simpler, Lexi tr ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is listed as a romantic comedy, but it's not a very funny read for me. The scheming, the lies upon lies, and the overthinking of the main character Lexi is not an endearing or comedic perspective to have to follow. The boyfriend, Cam, is a much more likeable character to me. He's honest, steadfast, dependable, and just an all-around nice guy. (Fiction writers take note: not every main guy has to be a "bad boy/rebel" sort.) Then again, from his point of view
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, christmas

I thought this was a cute read, it kind of reminded me of a holiday version of How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend. Lexi gets a little panicked that her future plans don’t match up with her long-time boyfriend Cameron. So she decides it would be better to break-up now then deal with it when they graduate and go off to school. Only once she’s gotten him settled with another girl, she realizes just how much she loves him and hates seeing him with someone new. It was actually kind of funny to
Jay G
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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Lexi and Cam have been dating for four years. Lexi has her entire life planned out to a T, so, when she begins having doubts about where Cam stands in her future, she decides that the best way to go about things is to end their relationship. In an elaborate plan to avoid breaking Cam's heart, With the help from her bestfriend, Allie and cousin, Nick, the three set out to make Cam fall f
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Twelve Dates of Christmas was a big improvement from Love on Cue (Hapka's other book). If I had to choose two words to describe this book, it would be scintillating and entertaining. Hapka did a great job here. The plot was unique and original, as was the title (I loved the title). It was clever and obviously well-written.

The characters were what made this book stand out from the rest of the Romantic Comedies. They were just so different, and yet, Hapka was able to make them fit perfectly wi
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is set in Claus Lake, Wisconsin. Alexis Michaels , Lexi, has been with her steady boyfriend, Cam, for four years. She wants a science career and is driven by logical thinking. She doesn't see how it is going to continue working with her boyfriend because she dreams of going to college in the city while he sees himself going to a college close by. With the reluctant help of her best friend, Allie, and her cousin, Nick, she comes up with a plan to make Cam break up wi ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Xue Jing
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lexi is a girl who looks to the future. She knows that she will be going in different directions as her boyfriend in college so she planned to get her boyfriend to like another girl. Once she completes that goal she thinks she's all set but when she saw them together, her heart melts and realizes the big mistakes she made. Her friends were always there to confort her and helping her get him back.

I learned that it's not really good to look to the future all the time. Even though looking to the
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
A little Christmas cheese to help get me in the holiday spirit. This is a quick, one-shot read that is absolutely ridiculous in premise, but adorable all the same.

Weird, I never noticed this stuff when I was an actual teenager, but now that I'm an adult, I keep hunting them down. I couldn't help but be annoyed at the main character, Lexi, for most of the book because, after all, she did get herself into this situation. But the whole point of life is to make mistakes and learn from them, and I'd
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
*Originally posted January 2009.*

This book was just like all the other Simon Rom-Coms. They're very predictable, and they always, always have a happy ending. That was fine with me, though. It was nice to read a happy book after reading so many serious books.

This was a good Simon Rom-Com. It's not one of my favorites, but it was a pretty good one. I loved reading about all the crazy ideas Lexi was thinking up to first get rid of Cam and then to get him back.

If you are looking for a good, quick, e
This book was really slow in the beginning and didn't get any better as I read on. The main character loses her boyfriend becuase of her lack of appreciation for him and she later on finds out that she still want her ex-boyfriend. Why would she go through all the trouble to get rid of her boyfriend to only want him in the end? Why would he go back to her when she obviously wasn't enthusiastic about their relationship anymore and was the one that was suggesting that they seperate? I thought that ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was really good, like at first it was a bit slow but then it got quite interesting. It was one of the times I was actually able to laugh and was more anxious than the character herself. I also love the feeling of falling in love with the male character, that really shows that he is charming if it charms the reader. Overall absolutely loved it, I just kind of wished there was some jealousy between Lexi and Jaylene she came off to be a total airhead with no feelings whatsoever. Still ama ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really don't have high standard when it comes to these kind of books, and even I was disappointed by this one, it was kind of boring, and a simon pulse romantic comedy is generally not boring. Over the top cheesy and ridiculous? Yes, boring, not really. But here we are, boring and no real cute romantic moment either, which completely defeats the purpose of these books if they don't even have a cute romance.

I'd suggest a pass on this book, there's way cuter holiday reads out there, and that's a
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This was an alright read, but I probably wouldn't recommend it. I never really felt sympathetic for Lexi at all, and I didn't connect with any of the other characters either. Cam was a little too perfect and didn't really seem that fantastic, except that he did seem like too nice of a guy for someone who would lie and manipulate them like that. I expected this to be cute and fun, just a simple light read, but it lacked the Christmas magic that should have been apparent in such a holiday filled b ...more
Micheala George
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really did like the ending of this book, but it just wasn't my "cup-of-tea". ~That expression is slightly funny because I really do not like Tea at all.~ But the point is, I could not stand the main character (Lexi) so that basically messed up the book for me. I spent most of my time saying "You idiot. You idiot. You idiot." while reading about the stuff Lexi was doing from beginning to end. I did like Nick however; He was a really sweet character.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a cute/light
Dec 08, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is really good for this time of the year. This book is full of love and it is about Christmas. The setting is around December and it is based on Christmas. I love how the girl is so smart but yet she doesn’t care what people think of her. She is a little too intelligent that she lets her brain get the best of her. She makes a big mistake by letting go of her perfect boyfriend but i liked what she did to fix it. It proves that love can really change a person.
Kate H
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies are always a fun read. These books are not necessarily the best written novels but the stories are always fun and you know you will get a happy ending. I think some adult romances could take a note from these books b/c they are characterized well which is much of the battle in writing any novel since you want your characters, for the most part, to be endearing and relatable.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads, christmas
Lexi decides that since she and her boyfriend Cameron are so different it would be best if they broke up before they graduate from high school. She devises a plan to get him to fall for another girl so he'll break up with her. Unfortunately her plan backfires on her when she realizes that she still loves Cameron. A cute story that should have been much shorter.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've liked some of Hapka's other books, but I just thought this one was okay. I just don't understand why you would throw a perfectly great guy away. But either way, I'm usually a sucker for cute, fun reads, but I didn't think this was really a romantic comedy. It was a cozy read, but the dialogue didn't have me smiling or grinning. Still, it wasn't a bad book at all.
i've been meaning to read this book forever but never felt in the mood. so ttoday we had a snowstorm and i decided i was in kind of a christmas mood. it was not such a bad book all in all but the main character was kind of annoying.
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Catherine (Cathy) Hapka has written more than one hundred books for children and adults, as a ghostwriter for series as well as original titles, including the Romantic Comedies Something Borrowed, The Twelve Date of Christmas, and Love on Cue. She lives in Pennsylvania.