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In a Holidaze

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  65,914 ratings  ·  10,430 reviews
One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners..

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has
Paperback, 307 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Patricia I would give this book an R rating - the sex scenes were a bit more explicit than the many YA books that I read when studying to be a YA librarian. Th…moreI would give this book an R rating - the sex scenes were a bit more explicit than the many YA books that I read when studying to be a YA librarian. The themes are a bit more mature than the usual YA books. There are a few explicit swear words also.

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Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 because it was everything I needed post-finals week and made me so ready for Christmas I just need JOY RIGHT NOW
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. It's not bad, but the romance and family dynamics were too vanilla for my tastes, and the story didn't take advantage of the time loop setup at all. The protagonist goes through time loops in the first 1/3 of the book, and then for the rest of the story, it's within the same timeline and doesn’t get addressed again. Why not just make it a regular story then? There was lots of potential for more drama and tension with a concept like this, but no path was truly taken, resulting in a sta ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(2.5) Yup you read that right. I'm reading a Holiday romance...

In my defence the main character is reliving her week so *sci fi* (not really lol)

The romance did make me cringe a few times but I expected it. Not terrible but I felt like the concept could have been used better.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m giving sweeter than Hershey kisses, entertaining, heartwarming, feel-good, lovely holiday spirits, refreshing, romantic four absolutely well-deserved stars!

Maelyn Jones has one wish: she wants to see how she can catch her own happiness!
After the divorce of her parents, she moved back to her childhood house, stuck a job she truly hates and her love life is a mess: she dumps her last boyfriend because he tasted like ketchup (by the way I’m giving a small spoiler about the game in this book: D
chan ☆
the word that comes to mind is serviceable

which i'm sure isn't what they were going for when they decided to write this romance. it just wasn't anything special. i appreciated the warm christmas setting & the traditions that our characters have. but the romance didn't blow me away.

i don't like when our heroine has been pining for the hero and when she admits her feelings he's like "oh wow i didn't even realize you were an option. but a ha ha you're so sexy." i don't mean that just for this book
Miranda Reads
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars


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Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay. im super surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i was almost positive i wouldnt like it - ive seen quite a few negative reviews, i usually find the whole ‘time loop/repeat the same day over again’ plot device monotonous, and i really try to avoid christmas stories (so not a fan of cringey hallmark romance).

so this is definite proof that CL can write anything and i will enjoy it.

personally, im relieved that time loops are very minimal. it only happens a few times, enough to establish it as
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Feeling Like the Grinch!

In a Holidaze is a romance about a woman who is granted a wish that enables her to change her future and find happiness with her one true love.

Maelyn Jones finds herself reliving Christmas over and over again in a groundhog day style narrative. In each version, Mae must make choices that lead to happiness. If she makes the wrong choice, it all begins again. Her choices involve admitting her feelings to her childhood crush, reevaluating her career, and keeping her famil
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
When I pick up a Christina Lauren book, I expect to smile... and smile I did😊 I loved it! 🎄 What did I love? Everything! This is a book that gives you all the good feels. A Christmas book, at this time of year? Yessss please! Honestly it was Christmas time over and over and over again in the book. LOL you will get that after you read it. Yet this book is good at anytime of the year.

Mae Jones is many things, a daughter, a sister, a best friend and a time traveler! You heard me right!! Sounds ins
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was Groundhogs Day meets The Family Stone meets The Summer I Turned Pretty and I ATE IT UP. I've been in a pretty hardcore reading slump for the last few months, but this book was EXACTLY what I was in the mood for and it pulled me right out of it. The holiday hijinks and the angst were strong in this one, so if that isn't your thing I would give it a pass, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and this is definitely my favorite of the last few years worth of Christina Lauren releases. So Christmas ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

I'm going to qualify this review by saying this genre is so far out of what I'm used to reading that I had to stretch to take it all in. It's got a Groundhog Day thing going but after a few bumps back to Dec 20, that's about it and in no way is there any kind of explanation for what takes place. Apparently Maelyn just had to get a few things right to set her on a path of "what makes her happy".  The story is so sappy, so cute, so happy (between worrying, fretting
David Putnam
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel a great deal. I dropped right into the voice which is beautifully done as always by this author. Voice is the most difficult aspect of a novel and Lauren makes it look easy. This book is light and fun and a nice way to clear the reading pallet. For some reason the use of the Groundhog’s Day tromp is has been getting a lot of play lately. It’s a difficult story line to pull off, the repetition of the same event, in this case five days during Christmas without turning mundane. ...more
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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Feeling a little bah humbug? Then I suggest you give Christina Lauren’s holiday romantic comedy, In a Holidaze, a try.

Because it will make you want to trim your Christmas tree. Deck your halls. Hang some mistletoe.

It is the fluffiest of fluffiest Christmas fluff. And every fluffy word of it is wonderfully delightful.

Maelyn Jones is stuck in a time loop. A Christmas time loop. Without any clue how to break it.

After having spent her l
This is a Christmas Romance with a little time travel (I guess). I am so happy that I got approved from a Netgalley e-book of this book, and I cannot wait to read it. I love Christina Lauren's book, so I requested this book without even seeing what is was about. I normally do not like book with time travel, but this book was so great. This is one of my favorite Christmas books. The main character is Maelyn. Her family and her mother's best friend's family was staying in a cabin for Christmas lik ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
One of my favorite Christina Lauren books ever, In a Holidaze was the super-sweet, friends-to-lovers Christmastime romance that my heart and mind needed right now. I adored it, and stayed up until 5 am to finish.

I have a guilty pleasure confession: I love Groundhog's Day.

Yeah, I know, some people hate it, but it always strikes me as extremely romantic, and I'm a sucker for Bill Murray. So when I read the description for In a Holidaze, I knew I needed it. And it was everything I had hoped it wo
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
What if you could look up and ask the universe “what would happiness look like?”
Would you be prepared for what it reveals to you?

That’s the question Maelyn Jones asked....and the answer she got was more than she ever dreamed. Come to think of it, maybe it was all just a beautiful dream. You’ll just have to read the book to find out!

Christina Lauren have written a joyful rom-com that will melt even the coldest Scrooge heart. What if the love of your life has been in front of you all along. What
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
4.25 stars

“Sometimes a little change is good.”

In A Holidaze was one of those feel good holiday books that can be read any time of the year. I had so much fun reading this one and enjoyed the heck out of it. It has that magical holiday vibe and I couldn't get enough.

Mae is living her own version of groundhog's day. After a holiday that wasn't so magical, she wants to get her life together and be happy. She wishes she could change some of the things that happened on her holiday,
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To me, this is a perfect book. Now give me the movie immediately.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


There is really not much to say, except read it!!

The book gave me this cozy feel of everything will be perfect one day. It will all work out, you just have to wish for it.

In a Holidaze is the perfect Christmas read with a dash of something more.

And the way the cabin was described, and how they all came together to celebrate and spent time together was magic. Wonderfully Christmasish
Sheyla ✎
Let's start by saying that one of my favorite movies is Groundhog day. (Bill Murray dying many times until becoming a selfless version of himself is too much fun to forget). It's a movie I can rewatch over and over and still enjoy. I didn’t read the blurb so I didn’t know that In A Holidaze was loosely based on it.

So what happens when you have been in love with Andrew since the age of thirteen but make a mistake and kiss his brother, Theo on December 25th instead? Naturally, you wish for a chanc
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Every year Maelyn Jones, her family and two other family's have spent have spent Christmas together in a cabin in Utah. It's her favourite place in the world, but this year is a bit different. Her life isn't on the track she'd like it to be, she made the hugest mistake with a childhood friend Toby, has unrequited feelings for his brother Andrew and worst of all: the cabin will soon be sold.

Mae makes a desperate wish asking the universe to show her what will make her happy.

As Mae and her family
Michael David
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been in a very “bah humbug” mood for the past week or so, and decided maybe a sweet Christmas read would snap me out of it. So I grabbed a copy of In A Holidaze.

Every year, Mae and her family, along with close family friends, spend a week at a cabin in Salt Lake City, Utah. There’s sledding, scavenger hunts, building snow creatures, and Christmas cheer. This year, Mae makes a bad decision while under the influence of eggnog...she makes out with her friend, Theo, but she is really in love w
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, book-club
I don't read many romance novels these days, but every once in awhile, I get the urge to delve into something sweet and heartwarming. In a Holidaze was the perfect choice.

I read this story in just two, sixty minute sessions. I literally could not put it down. The characters, their relationships, the family dynamics, the setting, our leading lady, Maelyn, and her years-long love interest, Andrew...everything about this book was perfection.

At one point, I snort laughed. Another time, I felt
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is a 2020 Gallery Books publication.

Cute, whimsical holiday romance!

We have all done things we immediately regret- things we wish we could take back. Unfortunately, we have no other choice but to live with the consequences of our actions.

This holiday season, though, Maelyn Jones gets a second chance miracle...

Or two….

Or three…

If she can right her wrongs, Mae could face a brighter and more promising future. She also has an opportunity to tell her long-time f
Susanne  Strong
Christmas Holidays that Go On and On?! If I didn’t know better, I’d say that seems Magical!

Maelyn, her parents and their family friends always spend the Christmas Holidays together in an old cabin in Utah where they play games, cook, eat and drink. All year, Mae looks forward to Christmas: spending time with her family friends, especially her “Uncle Benny” and her best friends, Andrew and Theo. Andrew is her longtime crush and has no idea how she feels, while Theo has always just been there for
Larry H
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Christina Lauren's newest book, In a Holidaze , is like someone said, "Let's take the movie Groundhog Day , but make it Christmasy."

Every year, old friends and their families gather at a cabin in Utah over Christmas. It’s a tradition that has endured for a number of years, through divorces and childbirths, and now some of the children are actual adults. But the tradition is coming to an end after this year, and while the friends promise to recreate it somewhere else,
Jessica | JustReadingJess
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is the perfect holiday romance.

In a Holidaze is a typical Christina Lauren with a cute romance, steamy scenes, and laughs. I really enjoyed this story. It was so cute and interesting Mae reliving the same days over and over again. Mae loves the holidays at the cabin so much. She is always looking out for everyone else and making sure they are having a good time. Now Mae’s focus is looking out for herself and making sure she does what makes her happy.

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Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
If Netflix's Russian Doll series was turned into a Hallmark movie set during Christmas, and then turned into a book, this would be that book.

If you haven't seen Russian Doll, you absolutely should, but the basic premise is that a woman keeps reliving her 36th birthday where she repeatedly dies in freak accidents and then 'wakes up' back in the same bathroom during her birthday party. She makes different decisions to avoid her previous deaths, but if she makes the 'wrong' decisions she somehow di
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a heartfelt read. I can never get enough of Christina Lauren. It’s amazing to find authors whose stories just sit right with you.

It has the perfect Christina Lauren charm, the romance had me swooning, I wanted to be a part of this perfect blend of a family. The atmosphere was warm (even though it takes place during Christmas) and I just had the best time reading it.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review

Christina Lauren's books have always been hit or miss for me. Fortunately, they've been more hit than miss but I'm never sure what I'll end up enjoying.

I am happy to say that this is definitely one of my favorites of theirs (although I have only read four of their titles). It wasn't super holiday-y which was probably a good thing as I read it in October, a decidedly un-holiday-y month although you wouldn't be
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seventeen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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