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Summary

Christmas, Kentucky, is a summer tourist destination for its holiday-themed shops, ornament-sprouting potted palms, giant snow globe display, and its cheerful residents--including the mayor's daughter, fifteen-year-old Darby Peacher. But as Darby stumbles her way into a job at the town's rundown amusement park, Holly Jolly Land, her summer quickly goes from merry to miserable: a boy of Christmas present is absent, a boy of Christmas past is her supervisor, and the town seems to be losing its cheer as it strives to become more commercial. As she tries to sort out her love life, Darby grows positively Scroogey until she gets wrapped up in reinventing Holly Jolly Land--and the town--as the wonderland it once was. Before long she finds romance and rediscovers the magic of Christmas in this funny feel-good story celebrating a small town where the holiday season runs year-round.


Author Notes

Tiffany Stewart has been writing stories about teenagers since she was in third grade and realised teenagers are the coolest people on the planet. Now, she has a son in third grade who writes stories of his own and a daughter in college who is the coolest person on the planet. Tiffany lives in Tennessee.


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Booklist Review

The mayor's only kid, 15-year-old Darby, is best known as the First Daughter of Christmas, a rural western Kentucky tourist trap known for its holiday-themed . . . well, everything. But when her canoodling with a crush quite literally crashes the annual snow globe unveiling, Darby suddenly finds herself forced out of her usual position helping her dad and instead stuck on cleanup duty at the rundown amusement park, Holly Jolly Land. Between a commercial development project threatening the town's quaint charms, a new woman in town gunning for her dad, and a brewing love-hate relationship with a new coworker, Darby has plenty on her plate. Though the story arc and love triangle will feel familiar to many readers, it's the setting that shines in this well-paced debut. Christmas calls to mind Gilmore Girls' Stars Hollow with its range of cantankerous to surprisingly handsome denizens. Darby's penchant for faux cursing and the light romance make this a good crossover title for junior-high collections. A sweet country-tinged romance for Christmas fanatics.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2018 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The summer tourist season is bustling in the stifling hot town of Christmas, KY, as 15-year-old Darby causes a very public disaster at the annual Snow Globe unveiling. Her single father, the town's mayor, encourages her to get a job and be a regular kid, replacing her unofficial position in his office with Marianne, an attractive city-girl type sent by the governor's office to help Christmas become an even greater tourist destination. Darby goes to work at Holly Jolly Land, a local amusement park full of promise, but in need of a little tender love and care. Despite being the most junior member of the maintenance crew and her reputation, Darby gets to know the owner, Nick, a Vietnam vet, and gains a sense of belonging. Her new supervisor turns out to be Calvin, a cute boy from the not-so-distant past, who causes her crush on Roy, the class heartbreaker, to fizzle. Stewart's debut is full of holiday flavor and humor, but also predictability. The sweet young adult romance would make for a light beach read. VERDICT An additional purchase for large collections where romance is popular.-Laura Jones, -Argos Community Schools, IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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