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Holly Jolly Summer

2.68  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Four huge disasters,
Three months of tourists,
Two gorgeous boys,
And a partridge in a palm tree

In this lighthearted beach read about family, friendship, and fa-la-la, it's up to lovestruck teen Darby to save the spirit of a Southern town called Christmas.

Christmas, Kentucky, is a summer tourist destination known for its holiday-themed shops, ornament-sprouting potted palm
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
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Adam Silvera
And a gigantic NO THANK YOU to this book.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Tiffany Stewart has spewed vile on Twitter blatantly saying that they need to build a wall to keep liberals out (i,e all the black and brown people)

So This Donald Trump voting bigot won't be getting one black ass dollar from me
Ok: this is what I wrote on November 16th.
Nah, I'm good.

Tiffany has a political agenda that's divisive and alienates her core readers - e.g. she thinks building a wall down North Dakota is a grand idea. I have other authors I'd prefer to support.


This is what I have to say now:

Tiffany's a bigot, full stop. Her racism has only become even more overt and pathetic as time has gone on, and she's displayed a shocking amount of Islamaphobia on Twitter.

I can't recommend her; stay far away from h
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope-nope-nope
Wants a wall to keep liberals out.

ETA: Has basically doubled down on her hate of anyone who isn't white and conservative. Not worth supporting.

May 2017: Publication delayed/pulled? Or being released under new title/penname? No cover or release date yet; google doesn't have any news, and nothing shows up on Edelweiss.
Pam Victorio
Dec 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't have to open the cover to know this is poor people hick Appalachian porn.
Nov 10, 2016 added it
Fevered Trump supporter. Pass on this, love. I know the book sounds good but don't do it.
Author Sara
Due to insensitive, racist comments by the author, I won't be reading or supporting this. I hope other people consider the same.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-to-avoid
If you don't support/respect all minorities in 2016, you shouldn't be writing for teenagers.
-A Teen
Dec 23, 2016 marked it as nah
This book is gonna be extremely racist if the author's personal twitter account is any indication.
laura (bookies & cookies)
Jan 19, 2017 marked it as will-never-read
Tiffany has expressed racist, bigoted, and Islamophobic views on her Twitter that I do not condone or want to support with my reading.
I harbor no desire to support someone who is pro-Trump and frequently posts vile things on twitter such as:

Yeah... no thanks
Ivy Moore
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: came-soon-18-19, dnf
I had no motivation to read this book. The author had very problematic views, the book is boring and tells the story of a privileged white girl complaining about the consequences of her idiotic decisions. Don't read this.
Sophie Marsden
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: will-never-read
I will not support an author who wants to build a wall to keep liberals out. She does not deserve the support of the bookish community!!
Dec 24, 2016 marked it as for-want-of-a-happy-ending
Author is a rampant Trump supporter so no.
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Don't be fooled they renamed this it's still by the same Trump bigot who wanted to build a wall to keep liberals out after the election.
Apr 18, 2018 marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-no-no
I missed the terrible things with this book the first time it was slated for publication, but now I guess it's back? It's interesting to note that Kirkus, which has been trying to draw attention to diversity in YA & Children's books recently in a positive way, says: "Darby is white, and there is a lot of diversity in the secondary characters (the town is described as being among the most diverse in the state)" in their 4/15/18 edition.

I just side-eyed so hard that I think I sprained something. W
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: oh-fuck-no
Putting this one on my 'oh fuck no' list because I will not and cannot in good conscience support a bigot who promotes islamophobia and openly supports political candidates who advocate for the harm of people of colour as well as lgbtqa people of all races. That is not someone who should be writing for anyone, much less teenagers.
Alison Glass
Dec 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Somehow I'd missed hearing about this author's very damaging political beliefs prior to reading this book. While the story is ok, i did receive a digital galley, and would definitely not feel comfortable buying a copy of her book and supporting her bigoted views. In the future I will be steering clear of any books written by her.
Brianna Goetz
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am normally not the type of person to review a book I have not read, but I refuse to put my money towards this future release.
Dec 23, 2016 marked it as will-never-read
I refuse to read a book written by someone who spews such blatant hatred as this author does. It's sad to me that she writes for teens.
Emily Harris
Jan 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
a big o'l fuck no to this
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought it was super cute! It was such a fun read. I will admit that it's a little cheesy sometimes but it was the perfect, quick summer read. It made me really want Christmas to come sooner! Holly Jolly Summer doesn't deserve the rating that it has. I thought it was a really good debut novel.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Just no.
There are many wonderful authors out there who are not raging I'd rather support them instead.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book!!! It was a great easy read and I think perfect for any teenager (or adult!!). Who doesn’t love Christmas??! The author did a great job of making the characters and town come to life! I almost feel like I could go find these folks in Kentucky!
Rachel's Book Reviews
Surprise! I'm not a reviewer who rates a book based on an author's political views. I'd like to read it first. There's a longer synopsis on Edelweiss and it sounds cute.
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Darby lives in the town of Christmas, Kentucky. It is just her and her father, who is the mayor of the town. Darby is her father's right hand helper, until she is caught smooching in front of the whole town at the annual life-size snow globe unveiling. With the town getting additional attention because of their recent feature in a national travel magazine, Darby is forced to find something to do far away from the mayor
Library Queen
Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was cute.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for professional publication.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Darby is the daughter of the long time mayor of Christmas, Kentucky, and since her mother died in childbirth, she spends a lot of time working in her father's office and helping him out. When she and her boyfriend are caught kissing at the opening of the town snowglobe and chaos ensues, she ends up having to spend the summer working maintenance at the local theme park so she doesn't hurt her father's political career, since Christmas is an up and coming town and higher level politicos are watchi ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an insanely predictable teenage romance novel that I hate to admit teenage girls will probably love. I would have loved it at 13--guaranteed. I can only imagine the author is pitching this as yet another Hallmark Christmas film because it reads just like one (only in summer!). To that end, it is entertaining and there is nothing to fault it for except its overall predictability.

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Tiffany Stewart has been writing stories about teenagers since she was eight and realized teenagers are the coolest people on the planet. Now, she has an eight year old son who is writing stories of his own and a nineteen year old step-daughter who is the coolest person on the planet.

When she's not writing, you can find her spending time with her extremely good-looking husband, amazing kids, and s

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