Review: 10 Blind Dates-Ashley Elston

Posted February 7, 2020 by Andi in Books, Review / 1 Comment

Review: 10 Blind Dates-Ashley Elston10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published: October 1, 2019
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Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m usually not one to read holiday books around the holidays. I feel like my life is so inundated with holiday cheer that a book set in that time is just too much. But this past December I decided to read 10 Blind Dates, which takes place around Christmas and New Year’s, after hearing people rave about it. And I have to tell you, it was so ridiculously cute and sweet and charming, I didn’t want it to end. It was the perfect blend of holiday and romance and comedy and when it was over I wanted more books.

10 Blind Dates is the story of Sophie, a girl looking forward to her holiday of freedom without her overbearing parents. She is staying with her grandmother and her crazy Italian family, but she plans to get some alone time with her boyfriend and her friends. That is until she is left heartbroken when said boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her. Now with a lot of free time on her hand and a heart to mend Sophie is convinced by her family to go on 10 blind dates. Soon Sophie finds herself on some really awesome dates and some really cringe worthy dates. But as the time passes her hearts starts to heal and her eye starts to wander to someone that might have been there all along.

What I loved most about 10 Blind Dates has to be Sophie’s family. They are all CRAZY CRACKERS and I loved them for it. Each one had their own personality and it showed up in the date they planned and the person they picked for it. By far though my favorite part of Sophie’s family were her cousins Olivia and Charlie and Charlie’s BFF Wes. They were the 3 that really brought Sophie to life and reminded her what life was like when she spent more time around all the crazy and less wrapped up in her separate life with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend.  Seeing this group of teens that were once close find that place again was the highlight for me.

In the end 10 Blind Dates was the kind of book I yearn to read. Was it predictable? Definitely. Did I care? Definitely not. It was just a fun story with a lot of heart and humor and a group of close knit family.  I didn’t want this book to end but since it had to I now want books about Olivia and Charlie and Sara and all the rest of Sophie’s crazy clan. It is no longer the holiday season, but I definitely recommend you pick this one up!

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