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The 12 Dares of Christa

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  59 reviews
From Marissa Burt, author of Storybound, comes her first contemporary tween novel about a thirteen-year-old girl, still reeling from her parents divorce, who spends her first holiday away from home, completing a scavenger hunt that takes her all over Europe.

Christa is a holiday junkie. Whats not to love? Theres decorations! Gifts! Caroling with friends! But thanks to her
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, arcs
Rating: 2 / 5

Summary: Christa loves Christmas, and looks forward to celebrating it with her family every year. This year was supposed to be no different; however, things take a turn for the worse when her parents suddenly announce that theyre getting a divorce, and their plans to visit Europe as a family for Christmas fall through.
She begrudgingly goes on a mother-daughter trip to Europe, all the while missing her father tremendously. But, to her surprise, her father has prepared for her twelve
Madison Ross
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At some parts in the book I got bored, and it was almost painful to try to keep reading it. Although at other parts I didnt want to put it down. This book does a good job of illustrating the characters in your mind and giving you a good description about how they feel and what theyre going through. ...more
Jenny Lundquist
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartfelt and humorous, this book is amazing. I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of this, and I plan to read it again. Europe, the holidays, and a scavenger hunt, it's the perfect book for snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate!
What a sweet middle grade Christmas read! I loved Christas Christmas spirit, and the descriptions of London, Paris and Florence all decked out for the holidays made me want to go there! This read is also pretty deep as it deals with Christa coping with her parents divorce and all the changes that come with that. I really liked all the secondary characters, from the Harry Potter obsessed Owen, to the super sweet Colby, to the high energy Kylie. A great cast of characters, compelling European ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was full of mixed emotions and it has a mind blowing ending. I fully recommend this book.
Faith M:)
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd read-
This book has grown on me!!! It is SO GOOD!!! Will definitely be reading this again:)

1st read: This book was not at all what I expected. I LOVEEE Marissa Burts Storybound series soooo much!!! This book was good, but had quite a few things that werent my favorite. There were several questionable words that I didnt love, Christa (the main character) has terrible anger issues towards her mom, and I literally cant relate to Christa at all. Shes picky and paranoid; I love trying new
Laura Mauro
I will admit this holiday book was just not my favorite. I really did not love the main character and felt was she was not well-developed and was rather annoyed me throughout most of the novel. But the concept of this novel made me love it. I enjoyed all the dares and also all the international settings. I read it rather fast. But I did not love the main character. It was cute holiday novel but it did not wow me!
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the cover; it's so cute. Like the story, which I enjoyed. Although, I was hoping for a slightly different ending. I liked the dares. They were silly and fun. It took place at Christmas, which is what I liked best about this story. I liked the cities (Florence, Paris, and London), too. They were quite festive. Also, the food sounded delicious.
Bella Erickson
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought it would be boring but as I got farther into the book it got really interesting. It's about a girl named Christa who goes through hard times with the help of her friends and family on her Christmas trip to Europe.
Felicity Hahl
I thought the book was amazing. I would love to do scavenger hunts before Christmas time.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5. I LOVE this book! this is a perfect middle grade holiday book, and a good choice for the preteen ages of 11-14!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy, cute holiday story. Love the cover and the story idea, it was a bit too young for me (Christa is 13) but I liked the style of the book and reading about Europe.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, juvenile
The 12 Dares of Christa is a lovely juvenile story depicting divorce, parental relationships, friendship, and first love. Christa and her parents usually prepare a multitude of plans for the Best Christmas Ever once November 1st arrives. Everything goes according to plan until her parents drop a bombshell. They are getting divorced and instead of a family two-week trip to Europe during Christmastime, it will just be Christa and her mom. Christa is swept up in a vortex of emotions as she deals ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, christmas
Pretty cute middle grade that reads a lot like a contemporary YA with a younger protagonist (she's 13).
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first review of the new year (YAY!) and while I had planned to have this be the last book of 2017 that just didn't end up happening, but that's okay cause I still get to tell you what I thought about it.

Christa is our main character that has just been told that her parents are getting a divorces. And that this year Christmas will be spent with her mother/theater group while they are on tour through Europe. Christa was one's adventurist but since the horrific news about her parents
Beth Rodgers
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The 12 Dares of Christa' by Marissa Burt is a sweet story of friendship, determination, strength, and forgiveness. Main character Christa is taken aback when, as she starts with her yearly Christmas preparations, she finds that her parents are throwing her a pretty large curveball - they're divorcing, and Christa's holiday plans are changing for the worse. Now she is forced to travel to Europe for her mother's play performances without her dad. She blames her mom for the divorce, and this is ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Rating: 4.5

This book hit me hard. Not for the same reasons, but I related to Christa so much in this novel, and it was hard yet important going through this journey with her.

I loved the characters, I love the friendship between Christa and the other kids on her Europe trip, her relationship with her parents wasnt always perfect, but it was realistic. And while most people found Christa to be annoying and bratty, I could understand. I feel like Christas attitude to the situation she was in was
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Christa loves Christmas, and has extensive plans covering everything from decorating to socializing. Even though her family is going to Europe for the holiday because her mother is touring in a play, she knows they can still have an awesome holiday. Right before they are to leave, however, Christa's parents sit her down and break some bad news to her-- they are getting a divorce, and her father will not be traveling with them. Christa is furious with both
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The realistic fiction novel, The 12 Dares of Christa, by Marissa Burt, centers around a girl named Christa. Christas usual Christmas is filled with eggnog, tree decorating, giving, and family time. In the first part of the book, Christas parents divorce, spoiling their tradition for her. Instead of having their amazing Christmas at home, her mom is taking her to Europe, where her mom will perform a play with her theater group, the first time she will be without her dad during the holiday season. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review based on ARC received at the 2017 Yallfest.

In defense of The 12 Dares of Christa, I do not think I am the target audience. I am 32 years old and definitely do not fall within the recommended age range (8-12).

But that's part of the issue I have with this novel --- it doesn't know what its target audience is. There are huge chunks of this novel that seem geared towards a younger audience and so I can forgive those parts for being what I think is immature and childish. However, in between
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I adored the author's Storybound Series, and liked the Sliver of Stardust series. This was was OK (and I'd rate 2.5 stars) and honestly I struggled to make myself finish it.

It was a cute story, and taking place during the Christmas season (and in Europe) meant a great setting with snippets about customs, decorations, and historical sites. I had some issues with Christa and her parents, though. They've announced they're divorcing, but apparently the three of them didn't do a very good job talking
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Burt, Melissa The 12 Dares of Christa, 294 pages. Katherine Tegen (HarperCollins), 2017. $17. Content: G.

This was supposed to be the best Christmas vacation ever! Christa had her trip to Europe with her Mom and Dad all planned out. Now, however, Mom and Dad are getting divorced, and Christa is headed off with just her Mom who is performing in a traveling play all over the continent. And Christa is stuck with two chaperones and a bunch of other actors children whom she doesnt really know. Maybe
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel, with its sweet holiday story and genuine emotions. Although I was given this book to preview, this is one I would easily see myself picking up at a book store to add to my personal collection. I would definitely recommend this to my middle school friends. I found this novel more relatable than many other realistic fiction books I had read recently, which allowed me to truly invest in these characters. The author had a way of describing details that perfectly matched the way ...more
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I was gifted The 12 Dares of Christa in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are exclusively mine.
Christa is a Christmas junkie, but when her parents throw her a curve ball and divorce in the middle of her Holiday planning she is thrown for a loop. Instead of spending Christmas with her mom and dad, she and her mom go to Europe for Christmas. During the trip thanks to her dad sending her 12 dares to be completed through the different countries she is travelingshe finds a piece of
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have...mixed feelings about this book. on one hand, it's a fairly uplifting juvenile book about a young 13 year old girl (Christa) learning to deal with her parents divorce while on a trip around Europe with her mother, who is an actor and pretty absent. She gets to spend time touring cities with a guide but also manages to slip off several times to complete dares that her father sends her, to keep with their old holiday tradition of a scavenger hunt.

I liked this book because it's an easy
Sally Knotwell
Picked this book for the 2018 Reading Challenge - a book about death or grief.

Christa's parents recently divorced and teen Christa is having a hard time adjusting to two different households. All she wants is to have Christmas like it used to be....two parents, decorating a tree, singing carols. But Christa's mother, an actress, has a chance to do a play in Europe over the holidays and she wants Christa to come with her...with not much grace, Christa agrees. She is handed a letter from her
Mandy Webb
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This was SO cute. No matter how old we get we can all remember times in our lives when change has felt like it came on too fast, like we're suffocating under the weight of it. Christa's struggles felt relatable, they pulled at my heart strings and made me teary eyed more than once. The aspect of her dares were so sweet, and I lobed how she was more open to some than others and she didn't realize how much she was learning and growing from them because her heart was in a bit of a limbo. All the ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
If youre looking for realism, this is soooo not your book, but if you want a pleasant, quick read about a teenager dealing with divorce, surrounded by appealing characters and interesting European settings, this book is for you! It reminds me of a cozy mystery without the mystery. While staying pretty much in Marshmallow Land, Burt still manages to touch on the important points of divorce trauma and have some realistic parent/daughter drama, so I did not ever find myself actually rolling my ...more
Karin Jenkins
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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