The following is an honest review of New Year’s Kiss by Lee Matthews and my suggested age rating.
Tess and her older sister Lauren were forced to visit their grandmother at her holiday lodge in Vermont. Neither of the girls are close with their grandmother and aren’t happy to be going. Shy and reserved Tess soon meets Christopher and as they become fast friends Tess decides to make a bucket list: a list of random things Tess wants to accomplish before New Years. However, Christopher may have a secret that will ruin it all.
Review of New Year’s Kiss
During the beginning of this book I really liked it. It was atmospheric, cozy, and family centered. However, as the story progressed so did my love for it. I found our main character Tess to be a total pick me girl and always the victim. She had a “poor me” mentality about the things that didn’t matter.
There were some family issues in this book that were really important and were just thrown to the side. Tess and Lauren’s parents’ divorce is something immediately introduced in the story as a main conflict then as a side plot the rest of the story.
I just found all the characters to be selfish and a depiction of teen stereotypes. Unfortunately I don’t recommend this book unless it’s for tween’s. As an older teen I found this book to be annoying. It felt like it dragged on and it was under 250 pages.
I gave this book 2.5/5 stars on Goodreads for atmosphere alone.
I am giving this book an age rating of 12 and up. There is romance and difficult family themes.
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