Pure Bubbly Fun, 10 Blind Dates Had Me Smiling | Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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I don't think I've stopped grinning since I finished 10 Blind Dates the other day. What a fantastic feel good contemporary!

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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?



10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Rating: ★★★★★

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Okay, okay, I'm going to be real with you guys for a minute. We're all friends here, right? Okay. Good. So, I DEFINITELY requested 10 Blind Dates because of that adorable cover. Swoon. Sometimes, the shallow just jumps out. Apparently I now have a thing for those gold foil balloons? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, first things first: this was SUCH an enjoyable read. And definitely a great way for me to close out summer.

10 Blind Dates was every (!) thing I hoped it'd be and then a little more. It's definitely one of the best YA contemporaries of the year and I'm all kinds of warm and fuzzy over it. Ashley Elston is quick to deliver on one of the best fluffy contemporaries and I'm SO grateful for it, because it was a definite mood booster and exactly what I needed when I needed it.

Truly, I feel like I spent a majority of the time smiling over this book. That feeling of reluctance to put down a book? This book captures that. This book gave me that warm and fuzzy, electrifying, stupidly grinning, happy and buzzed feeling that Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins' books do. We are talking, I'm probably four seconds away from humming happily to myself over 10 Blind Dates.

(Come on. You know the book was good if you can't stop smiling like your crush just said hello.)

I loved the way that Ashley Elston writes. It's never overly cheesy and cringy. It feels warm and welcoming and takes you out of your life and into something in screaming colours. She combines the romantic aspects of 10 Blind Dates delicately and the family featured throughout this book come to life. It is in its most unrealistic and silly moments that it shines: this is the YA rom-com you've been looking for.

(And, oh my gosh, it's just BEGGING for me to create a playlist for it. And a mood board. AND, OKAY, FINE, CAN SOMEONE JUST ADAPT IT IMMEDIATELY? Thanks.)

It would be impossible for me not to fall in love with the way that Elston tells Sophie's story. I loved every single minute of it. 10 Blind Dates is a can't miss, feel good time, that will leave you grinning and feeling all the more cheerful because of it.

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