Chloe and Peter are teenagers whose parents have rival restaurants in the local mall. They’ve grown up with their parents always being contentious but when the landlord decides to sell and demolish the mall they are forced to work together to try to save their family livelihoods.
I enjoyed this story even though I’m not sure it knows what its target audience is. The main characters are teens but their dilemma is a very adult one. Saving the mall requires a lot of understanding legal contracts, business decisions and navigating financial politics. I thought this made the book very robust and more than just a romcom, but I’m not sure whether that is fit for the audience. I think I’d like teens reading books that wrap education and lighter topics. The romance is clean and light. The characters are both of Asian descent and we get to understand the racism and challenges that are passed throughout the generations. All in all this was a solid read but I don’t think it’s the light Christmas romp the cover seems to indicate.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for access to this one via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.
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