But I promise you'll want to pinch both their cheeks in Decked With Holly. (More) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oh, why did they pick her to pretend to be Holly on that otherwise ADORBS cover? You've put death in my soul, Kteen. Even with that funny-looking girl and the cheesy mish-mash of almost-misplaced Christmas symbols on the cover, however, it's a Marni Bates book in plain sight nonetheless. AND I LOVES IT SO. It's inviting me to dive into the sea of fluffiness awaiting.
Marni Bates has created another fun, hilarious, and quirky hit with me that I almost want to say I enjoyed even more than Awkward. Maybe because she wormed in one of my favorite plot lines—girl meets male rockstar, rockstar asks girl to be fake girlfriend, The Feelings ensue. This is one of those times where cheesy or cliché doesn’t enter the picture for me; Decked with Holly by Marni Bates is comfortably familiar, and I prefer to call the formulation of the plot a well-loved tried and true classic.
Ok, So What Had Happened Was: Holly punched a grabby Santa Clause in the face (I would've gone for the cojones personally). Homegirl is stressed because she's got nothing awesome to wear and her evil catty cousins are going to be at the family cruise to the Mexican Riviera. She's desperate to show them up because they unmercifully cut holes into her already low self-esteem, and Santa certainly wasn't helping matters. Dominic hasn't punched anybody, but he's drained and exhausted. Being part of ReadySet isn't always like perpetually having a slice of cheescake in front of you. It's off to the same exact cruise for him, so that he may wind down with screaming fans waiting outside his door as a sea-sick Holly stumbles out of his room. Fauxmance shenanigans ensue in order to save face. Insert the growing feels here...
Decked with Holly by Marni Bates is a romance at its core that develops as Christmas approaches (thus the cover was born). But, Holls, GIRL, I'm so proud of you. You nod at the awful things people think and say is wrong about you, but you do your best to nonchalantly shrug it off. Oh, all those bruised feelings bottled up inside should've made you a depressed whiner, but you proved us all wrong. No way was I unmoved by the constant loneliness you suffered and sure, I softened even more when your story started to remind me of Cinderella.
And who doesn’t love a dashing white charger in such a situation? Although, Dominic the Rockstar would be a very reluctant defender of all things evil toting handbags, which is what I’d have to say makes the draw of Decked with Holly by Marni Bates so hardcore.
Holly and Nick have a mutual dislike that basically sparks their attraction; they are that fake couple who enjoys irritating each other whilst enjoying the irritation received. Which means you’ll get plenty of sarcasm and the lols as the two work to make each other uncomfortable and annoyed while simultaneously doing sweet, uncharacteristic gestures that, incidentally, scream I HAVE CHIA PET FEELINGS FOR YOU. Plus, there’s just so much fun to be had when we’re talking about a fauxmance, let alone this one—fangirl insults, sex cracks, crazy stressful cosmetic escapades, zombie vanquishing via pepper spray, and an exuberant best friend who needs All the Details. Hilarity, romance, entertainment, quirky, relatable characters, that’s Bates’ is game. She is just downright diggable for all contemporary romance lovers.
Fans of Meredith Zeitlin, Kristin Walker, Jody Gerhman, and Shelley Coriell will have an excellent time reading Decked with Holly by Marni Bates. They share that same smart writing, funny if sarcastic main character, some fluffiness (maybe with Issues Lite), romance, a fun plot, and a relatively short page count. If you’re looking for a light, easy read, then I’d recommend all of the above. If you’re in need of that quick and cute chicklit YA romance read, and something cozy and warm for the winter/Christmas time, then go with Decked with Holly by Marni Bates.
Favorite Scene: “Seriously, Corey. Help.”
He laughed and then rubbed his hands together in excitement. “Mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, concealer, blush, and eye-shadow. At least.” He turned to Mackenzie. “Am I forgetting anything?”
“I don’t think so.”
I tried to push down my panic. “So… volume mascara? Supervolume? Clump-free or plumping wand? What the hell do I get her, Corey?”
“Wow, man. Breathe. Okay, so what kind of lashes does she have?”
I stared at him on the screen. “What do you mean? Normal ones. Is this a trick question?”
Mackenzie laughed. “Are they light colored? Long? Short and bushy? Or—”
“How should I know? It’s not like I’ve been examining her eyelashes!”
Corey decided it was time to take over. “Okay, we get it. You don’t know. Grab a few and move on, okay? Get dark brown and dark black. Can you do that?”
“Now, what color are her eyes?”
“Uh…” I drew a complete blank. “You know… normal eye color.” (133)