Review * Decked with Holly by Marnie Bates

December 24, 2012 Reviews 5 ★★★★

Review * Decked with Holly by Marnie BatesDecked with Holly by Marnie Bates
Published by K-Teen on September 25, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly's face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be "fauxmantically" involved with a cute rock star? She's about to find out...


What I Thought…

  • Every year I read a Christmas book the weekend before Christmas. Even though Decked With Holly took place over Christmas time there wasn’t a lot of Christmasness in it. I wanted more Christmasness but Decked With Holly did not disappoint.
  • Decked With Holly was so enjoyable! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and read a book in one sitting and this one made it easy. It was cute, funny and meaningful all at once. Bates writing was fantastic too. I can tell you that I will read more from her in the future.
  • I loved Holly! She was so much fun. I liked reading Dominic’s POV but Holly’s was so much more fun! Her thoughts were just ridiculous sometimes. She wasn’t a ridiculous person though. She didn’t want to be Dominic’s fake girlfriend, but since she had limited choices she made smart choices to make the situation work for her.
  • Dominic was also great. Even though he’s famous he didn’t act like a jerk about it. I also liked that he was the drummer and not the singer, because they’re almost always the singer. I loved seeing that he had a great relationship with his band mates.
  • Holly and Dominic were great together especially when you could see a real relationship developing and they both kept insisting it was fake. The part when things all fell apart practically broke my heart because you could just tell they were perfect together.
  • Holly’s family is quite possibly the worst ever. She lost her parents at a young age so she’s been living with her grandfather, who is not a problem (though definitely overprotective). Her aunt and cousins however needed to be bashed over the head. Her cousins were classic mean girls and made it their life’s mission to make Holly miserable. Her aunt was just as bad. How annoying would it be to sit down at the dinner table and have someone telling you how many calories your eating? Or what you’ll have to do to work those off? Or telling a 17 year old that life would be “perfect” if she just lost those 15 extra pounds. Because that’s what every girl needs to hear. Holly was pretty civil about it, probably more than I would have been.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and definitely recommend it!


5 Responses to “Review * Decked with Holly by Marnie Bates”

  1. ....Petty Witter

    Sounds perfect for any seasonal book challenges, I’ll make a note of it for next year.
    Best wishes to you and yours, I hope your Christmas is everything you wish it to be.

  2. fakesteph

    I always plan on reading a holiday book the week before Christmas, but I never get to it… This sounds cute. I think I’d really enjoy it and I’ve been wanting to read Awkward, too, for a while.

  3. Bittner

    I’m glad you ended up liking this one but the cover does lead one to believe the book will be filled with Christmasness!