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This sweet and magical romance about a girl who has just one wish--someone to kiss under the mistletoe--is the perfect holiday escape!

Bailey Briggs is counting down the days to Christmas: she lives for holiday music, baking cookies, going on snowy sleigh rides, and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow's bookstore. But all she really wants this year is the
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Underlined (first published November 1st 2020)
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    human
    Thank you to Netgalley and Underlined Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book was pitched as a Hallmark movie in book form, it delivered, and that's great.

    Except for the part where I hate Hallmark movies.

    Bailey loves Christmas. In fact, you could say that she's obsessed with it. Everything from the holiday cheer to the ugly sweaters brings her joy, but what she really wants in her life is Christmas magic, specifically, the enchantment of love, and a kiss und
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    Elle's Book Blog
    My Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre Young Adult (Middle Grade too) | Christmas Romance

    ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS is the CUTEST Christmas book I’ve ever read. It’s also my first of the season so HOORAY for that! Anyway, this book seems to be geared for the young adult crowd and I agree BUT I think a YOUNGER bunch in the group would be the best fit for this one. It’s very cutsie, cozy, and sweet. If I had to describe the perfect age range this novel, I would actually say 12-14. So maybe it’s more middle grade
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    Erin A. Craig
    Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book made my heart so happy! Witty and warm, it made me long to crank up the Christmas tunes and rummage about for some cocoa! And the romance— the romance! I’ve swooned!
    Lindsay (pawsomereads)
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.5 ⭐️
    I love almost every book that's about Christmas and this was no exception! This was an adorable and fluffy contemporary romance that's so perfect for the holiday season.
    Bailey loved everything having to do with Christmas, and this year she’s hoping to capture the magic of the holiday and have the perfect kiss under the mistletoe. Things get complicated when not one, but two swoon-worthy boys take her on adorable winter dates.
    The whole book was just so sweet, it made me want to curl up by
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    Nicole
    Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Super cute YA holiday read. I read this in one sitting. The main character talks about how she wants holiday magic like in a Hallmark movie. This book is perfect for holiday movie fans like me. I don’t want to give any spoilers since there are two potential love interests, so I’ll just say I love the cute love story, I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a light and entertaining holiday read.

    Thank you Random House Children’s for providing e-arc in exchange for honest review.
    Colleen's Conclusions
    Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    All I want for Christmas was just the perfect cup of cheer I was looking for the start of this holiday season. It was a Christmas romantic comedy for young adults that had a Hallmark Christmas movie feel.

    The book was cute, fast paced and addicting.

    It is perfect for readers looking for a bit of Christmas magic this season.

    I loved the plot, scenery, and the characters. I also loved the fact that the main character worked at a bookstore. I just love it when characters work at a bookstore period.

    I w
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    Heather
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4 stars most of the year, but 5 for Christmas! Bailey is a high school junior who wants nothing more than to be kissed under the mistletoe this year. She works at a bookstore where she helps this hot boy from school and then she meets a gorgeous boy with a British accent! Which one will she choose? Perfect for fans of Hallmark Christmas movies and believers in the magic of Christmas.


    Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Shivani
    This book was exactly as I imagined, very much like a Hallmark movie. I binged it in two sittings since it was so short. I just really wanted a feel good book that would lift my spirits and in that aspect, this book did deliver. If you want a very simple romance full of atmospheric Christmas dates and cheer, you’ll love this book.

    All the characters were very cliche, pretty underdeveloped, and the main character was honestly quite annoying at times if we’re being honest. Obviously, she’s still in
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    Liberty
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars.

    First, I have to say a huge thank you to NetGalley and Underlined (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) for giving me an ARC of this Christmas-y read in exchange for an honest review. All I Want for Christmas is about a girl named Bailey who has a heart overflowing with the Christmas Spirit. The one thing she wants for Christmas this year is the Perfect Kiss Under the Mistletoe. But when two guys catch her eye she has to wonder if her wish will come true. This a
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    Brinley
    This book was so cute! Sure, most of the characters were underdeveloped, and the love triangle was irritating, but it was still adorable! I’m a Christmas lover like Bailey, and I was reading this to get into the Christmas mood. It definitely did its job! I’m ready to go curl up with a Hallmark movie, or go bake some cookies.

    All I Want For Christmas follows Bailey, who asks Santa for one thing: love. While she works in a cozy bookstore, and organizes Christmas cookie swaps, she finds love amid a
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    Samantha (WLABB)
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020, contemporary, ya, romance
    For Bailey, this really was the most wonderful time of the year. From the top of her head to the bottom of her toes, she no holds barred loved Christmas. Bring on the carols, cookie baking, and present wrapping! She was ready and willing to do anything to make Christmas wonderful for every person. But this year, she also wanted something for herself - a Christmas kiss. It never seemed probable before, but with two suitors, it seemed like more of a possibility than ever.

    Straight truth, this book
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    Valerie
    Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Christmas isn’t far off. It seems like just as the clock struck midnight on November 1st that a majority of my friends swapped their witches hats for elf ears, and the holiday cheer has been full speed ahead since. I myself have uncharacteristically excited for the holidays, which led me to request this cute little YA Romance.

    Bailey is the epitome of holiday cheer. Working in a bookstore and volunteer gift wrapper, she’s ready to embrace customers who need help finding the perfect bookish gifts
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    Caryn - iam.caryn
    This book was the Christmas spark of joy I needed in my life.

    If you’re looking for some Christmas magic that will leave you feeling like a happy melted pile of gooey holiday cheer, then this is the book for you.

    I read this book with my mom because we were both in dire need of some Christmas cheer. After we read a little bit she said to me “this is you!” So much of Bailey’s inner monologue and describing her love of Christmas is 100% me. Seeing myself within pages of a book is such a wonderful su
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    Lauren
    Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Very cute book that gives you all the Christmas feels. I thought Bailey and her family and friends were a lot of fun and well-written. The romance was light and very teen appropriate. My only complaint is how Christmas-obsessed Bailey was because it was mentioned *all* the time. Also plot twist was a little predictable, but still fun.
    Brenda
    Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Is a million stars possible? Because this is IT!
    Amanda
    Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4 ⭐️ This was just a really cute holiday read (or listen since that’s what I did). The characters were likable and the story was well-written. It was the perfect book for the holiday season!
    Courtney (pawsitivelybookish)
    All I Want For Christmas is such a sweet holiday read! This book is full of Christmas magic. It’s heartwarming and an absolute delight. Perfect for Hallmark Christmas movie fans from teens to adults.

    It’ll make you want to eat cookies and drink hot chocolate after a long day at the Christmas tree farm.

    Bailey Briggs LOVES Christmas (same, girl) and all she wants is the coveted kiss under the mistletoe! This holiday season, two boys have caught her eye. Will her Christmas kiss be with the mysterio
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    Jennifer
    Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I'm not a huge fan of Hallmark holiday movies- they're too cheesy for me. This super sweet teen holiday romance is perfect for Hallmark holiday fans.

    A few smallish things (1) the product placement in this book ridiculous and won't let the book age well (S'Well water bottle, Essie nail polish, Timberland boots, etc.) (2) The characters names and vague (sometimes) analogies to other holiday stories kept me trying to read between the lines more than reading the story. (3) Each of the titles were n
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    Colleen
    Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    This story was cute. I think it's very obvious from the description and the cover that it's the book version of a Hallmark Christmas movie, and it very much lived up to that. The scenery was cozy and perfect, the chapters were all titled after Christmas songs, and there wasn't an over abundance of drama. It's the perfect book to curl up under a blanket wishing it was Christmas already. It'll get you in the holiday spirit.
    Bailey was adorable. Obsessed with Christmas and determined to not let peop
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    Fin Daniels
    Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    All I Want for Christmas was a fun and breezy Christmas read. It felt like reading a Hallmark movie for young adults and I loved that. Bailey was so relateable and the author was really good at setting the scene as well as rendering characters quickly and efficiently in a way that endeared me to them. It was all very charming and cheery...and then in the 11th hour, it took a weird turn. Not that it was a bad turn necessarily, just didn’t fit with the rest of the book. I wish it had been hinted a ...more
    Joslyn S
    Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4/5 ⭐️

    Bailey Briggs works at a bookstore, volunteers on her days off, and lives for all things Christmas. Her friends have warned her that she may be a little too intense about the holidays. However, the only thing Bailey really wants this holiday season doesn't come from a store. She is secretly hoping for a little Christmas Magic in the form of a kiss from a special someone under the mistletoe. Jacob Marley is the chill, cool guy, athlete, and definitely not the guy she will kissing. This susp
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    Ashley Dang
    Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Sadly this Christmas Romance was just not for me. It had all the things I adore in a cute Christmas romance: a girl who loves Christmas, working at a cute store (in this case a bookstore), a very adorable British boy who just swoops in and saves her, a jock classmate that seems to be more than what his stereotype appear, and Christmas baking. Now to explain why this just didn’t work for me, Bailey is.... juvenile... let me say this, maybe I’m getting old, but reading from her voice made me feel ...more
    Becky
    Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    First sentence: I should realize it’s a bad sign when I trip hard over the entry to Winslow’s Bookshop. “Whaaaaa!” I yelp as I give the typically sticky front door my customary push … and go unexpectedly flying into the store, the shop’s brass bell announcing my unceremonious entrance.

    Premise/plot: All I Want for Christmas is a clean YA romance set during the holidays. Bailey Briggs, our heroine, LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Christmas. In her daydreams she's starring in a Hallmark Christmas movie. What s
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    Sarah
    Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
    This book was a mixed bag for me (mixed toy sack? Too much?)

    Pros: It captures all the Christmas magic I'd hoped it would. The author has a phenomenal way of crafting holiday visuals and there were several times I was tempted to set the book down and go make a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy with it, just to capture a little of the sparkle for myself. I loved Bailey's family dynamic and how she was written like an actual teenager.

    That's where my cons come into place though. For as solid as this sto
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    Danielle Russell
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Since I'm full of Christmas cheer, I'm going to award All I Want for Christmas four stars. The story is 100% a book interpretation of a cheesy Christmas Hallmark movie.... and I was *here for it*!

    Realistically, i admit the book doesn't quite deserve a four star rating. There wasn't a ton of depth to the characters, and I found Bailey to be immature compared to what a regular 16ish old girl is. Also, the ending was.... kinda weird. I love me a good love triangle, but I didn't feel like the resolu
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    Jenny Ashby
    First of all: My digital copy of the book has the author listed as Christa Roberts while on NetGalley it says it is by Wendy Loggia. However, the description is the same so there's an error somewhere in there.

    This is a slight story totally in keeping with its Hallmark movie inspiration right down to a touch of magic. I can picture Bailey smiling broadly throughout the story as she wraps herself in all that is Christmas while navigating her way between "problems" such as being too generous for h
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    Kaylee Duff
    Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    (Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.)

    If you’re looking for a fun, sugar-sweet YA contemporary holiday romance to escape into, look no further! This book is EXACTLY what I needed right now. It has everything a girl could want: a meet-cute romance, bookstores, lattes, Christmas cheer, and a little bit of magic. I was immediately hooked by Bailey’s unflinching optimism and positivity; she’s the kind of character I see so much of myself in. But she also has that naive,
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    Erica
    Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
    I received an e-arc of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I was so excited to be approved for this book as a bookish Christmas romance is everything I'm hoping for this holiday season in my Christmas books and movies. Overall, I thought that the premise of the book was very interesting and while I wasn't vibing with the story as well as I would have liked I still found it mostly enjoyable.

    At times it felt like the story was dragging on but the romance parts I was compl
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    Allison
    Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc, netgalley, ya, holiday, romcom
    To the reviewers that did not like the Hallmark-feel to this book, I feel like the description of the book all but gave away the Hallmark aspect. That is on you.

    As for me, I love Hallmark movies around the Christmas season. They warm you up just as much as a mug of hot cocoa and a fireplace on a cold winter's day. I enjoyed some of the Hallmark factors in this book but there were also a couple of wrinkles that made it difficult to rate it higher. One is the relationship between Bailey and Jacob.
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    Samantha Dupree
    3.5 for wholesome holiday cheer with a twist

    Pro:
    Great holiday vibes
    Realistic teen main and love interest
    Short, sweet & to-the-point

    I think if I was a teen, I'd find this suitably cute as a holiday read. I think the love interest for our Christmas-obsessed protagonist is just the right amount of believably obtuse teenage boy and the teenagers act like *gasp* teenagers! It isn't often that I pick up YA romance that isn't hard hitting or some kind of fantasy/thriller mash-up as well. I forgot how n
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